Nearly all of us have created a Gmail account at some point in time or another. If you find that you no longer want that Gmail address you signed up for in the 10th grade, you may discover that deleting a Gmail address is not as intuitive as it could be. Do not bother checking the settings menu. While no one would blame you for making the assumption, what you want is not there. No worries, our guide is here to help you out. Here is how you can delete a Gmail account permanently.
1. Navigate up to your email address in the top right corner of the screen and give it a click. In the popup menu that appears, click on “Account.”
2. On the Accounts page, you are presented with information related to your broader Google account rather than Gmail settings. From here you will go to the left navigation pane and click on “Products.”
3. You will then be presented by a page listing all of the Google products that are associated with your account. What you are looking for is the small “Edit” option tucked away next to “Your Products.”
4. The next screen presents you with a list of options. The options change depending on how many services you have associated with your account. Nevertheless, there are two choices in particular you want to look for depending on if you want to delete a specific Gmail address or if you want to delete your entire Google account.
Usually when you create a new Gmail address, you are given a new Google account to go with it. If you have an old account that you never really used, you may be better off deleting the entire Google account. If you have many addresses all linked to one primary account, then you should make sure to just to delete the specific address that you no longer want.
If you only want to delete a specific Gmail address, click “Remove Gmail permanently” and proceed to Step 5a. If you want to delete your entire Google account, select “Close account and delete all services and info associated with it” and skip to Step 5b.
5a. Read the next screen carefully. As Google says, it is not the usual yada yada. Once you are done reading, select the check box confirming that you want to permanently delete your Gmail address. Then select the box below and provide a new primary Gmail address to associate with your Google account. Provide your current password, click “Remove Gmail,” and viola! You are done.
5b. Read this screen carefully. Deleting a Google account can be a big deal, especially if all you want to do is delete a specific Gmail address. If you are certain you want to remove your entire Google account, click the check boxes next to every Google service you wish to stop using. This shows Google that you are serious. Google still does not believe you are sure, so type in your current password, then select the checkbox below confirming that yes, you are sure you know what you are doing. But are you really sure? If yes, select the final checkbox confirming that you are still responsible for any pending charges that may be associated with your account. Between the Play Store and Google Drive storage, Google Wallet handles a lot of money these days. Click “Delete Google Account” and you are done.
That wasn’t too bad, right? On the bright side, you did not have to make a phone call to close your account. Now that would be a pain.