Ever wondered what happens to your Google account after your death?
Some of us might have thought about it already, but for some who hadn’t, let’s share some insightful tips. It’s worth giving a thought as to what happens to your google account after your death. Does Google themselves deactivate it overtime? Or does it continue to exist forever.
Yeah, in an unimaginable way, if Google, the whole company cease to exist or all their servers and data centers broke down completely or get wiped out, it’ll vanished. But the chances of that happening are less than 1 in a thousand. Your Google account contains a lot of personal information about you and it is crucial to pre-plan what happens with that information when you are no more.
You can do that and it doesn’t sound that crazy. Here, Google offers a simple service that lets you prepare your account for permanent inactivity.
Hand over your Google data to someone who can destroy it responsibly
Google’s Inactive Account Manager allows you to specify whom should Google hand over your digital data to, after your account has been inactive for a certain period of time.
The person you choose to administer your google data can also be verified via SMS. It’s also possible to specify if you want your account to be terminated 90 days after all the required information is shared.
Choose exactly what data is to be sharedYou can choose to share information from all Google services including Blogger, Chrome, YouTube, G Suite, Google+, Photos, Play Store, search history, and Google Drive. This will ensure that your friends and family get hold of important documents, credit card information, and memorable pictures.
The trustee of your digital footprint
The person you chose will receive a message stating you wanted to give them your data. The details regarding that data will have a link to download it, and a pre-written personal message, if any.
Alternatively, if a user didn’t use the Inactive Account Manager, their family members can contact Google about their account, provide proof of death, and request specific items to be shared with them. One good option here, it seems.
However, one should note the statement from Google itself.
“We can work with representatives to close the account of a deceased person, and we may provide content from a deceased user’s account. Our primary responsibility is to keep people’s information secure, safe, and private. We cannot provide passwords or other login details,” Google stated.
So now you know what happens to your Google account after your death. Hope you find it useful.