Google New Policy for Photos, Gmail, Docs – Account Expiry Max 18 Months of Inactive

To optimise the Google Cloud space, Google is updating its policy to delete users’ data from its most popular services on accounts that are inactive for more than two years. This is noted on Google’s Help site.

Google Says, What affects your Google Account storage

Prior to June 1, 2021

  • The following items count against your storage quota
  • Original quality photos and videos backed up to Google Photos
  • Gmail messages and attachments, including your Spam and Trash folders
  • Most files in Google Drive, including PDFs, images, and videos

After June 1, 2021

  • The following additional items will count against your storage quota:
  • High quality and Express quality photos and videos backed up to Google Photos after June 1, 2021.
  • Files created or edited in collaborative content creation apps like Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms and Jamboard. 
  • Only files created or edited after June 1, 2021 will count against your quota. 
  • Files uploaded or last edited before June 1, 2021 will not count against your quota. 

How to Maintain Inactive Account

Inactive Account Manager is a way for users to share parts of their account data or notify someone if they’ve been inactive for a certain period of time. To set it up, go to your Inactive Account Manager page and click Start.