Configure The Death Of Your Google Account Before You Die

Apr 12, 2013 • 8:45 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Google Blood LogoGoogle announced yesterday that they added a new feature for Google Accounts, where the user can define what happens to their account after they die. How does Google know you die? Well, if you are inactive (i.e. don't login to your account) for X months then Google will assume you've died.

Believe it or not, this is a common issue. I've covered it three times here, either family looking to gain access to the deceased Gmail account or deceased AdSense account and even to look up their search history to see why they may have taken their own life. It is an extremely common thing I see in the forums and I guess Google decided to address it with what they call Inactive Account Manager.

In short, you can login to your Gmail account. Note, if you use a Google Apps account, it does not work because technically the company owns your account. You will be promoted to set an alert notification method (a cell phone number) and then a time out period, where Google will alert you 2 months prior to the expiration period you set, which can be 3, 6, 9 or 12 months of inactivity. Then you can add "trusted contacts" who can be notified that your account is inactive and even share your data with them. In addition, you can set your account to be deleted completely after this period.

Finally, you can set an auto-response to all emails you receive. Here is an example:

Gmail Dead Auto-Responder

For more details on these features, see this help document.

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04/12/2013 12:56 pm

That's crazy. Receiving email from dead people. Nightmares.

Jawad Latif

04/12/2013 12:59 pm

One will frighten after receiving email from a dead person.

James Kerry

04/13/2013 07:15 am

very interesting post, thanks for sharing

Hal Brown

04/13/2013 12:19 pm

I don't care what Google does after I'm dead. I'm not that into Google or anything online. It seems the priorities one set before death are FUBAR these days,

Ranu Jain

04/15/2013 10:43 am

Interesting!! Google now offers you an option of planning your 'Digital Will'. The feature is “Inactive Account Manager”, which will direct Google about what to do with the unspoken desires, thoughts and ideas of the users after they are gone.


04/15/2013 11:50 am

Insane.Some scary stuff right here.Makes one think of how many inactive accounts Google have to deal with on a daily/monthly basis.

Jshdajhd Sdjhskadhqw

10/03/2013 09:23 pm

Gmail itself needs to dies asap! Is pure NSA's tool now!

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