This week Google is sending users a notification about the policy changes that will take effect in 2021.
This change affects users of all Google services, including Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photos, and others. If you are the kind of person who works with a Google One membership, you have nothing to worry about. If you’ve been using Google services for a long time and never thought about deleting old emails, you need to pay attention.
The latest changes aim to free up storage for Google that is currently occupied by data that hasn’t been used for a long time. With Google’s Inactive Account Manager, users will be able to peek at what Google considers inactive. This tool also allows users to decide when Google should consider their account as inactive, and what they will do with the data once the account becomes inactive.
The default settings for Google services suggest that if you are inactive for 24 months (2 years) on Gmail, Google Photos, or one of several Google Drive apps or connected services, your content may deleted. If you are a Google One member and are on storage quota and “in good standing” according to Google policies, you will not be affected by the new inactive account policy.
The policy and the rest of the 2-year rule for inactive accounts will take effect from June 1, 2021. That’s when the countdown begins. Google suggests today, â€ since this policy takes effect June 1, 2021, the earliest it will take effect is June 1, 2023.
You may also want to take a peek at your Google account storage manager now. That’s where Google makes the process of removing the old content and downloading the rest â€ relatively simple. If you’re like me, you have a lot of data living in Google’s repository, and maybe it’s time you took a look at what needs cleaning!