How To Instruct Your Google Account What To Do After You Die?

Have you ever thought what will happen to your Google account when you are no more in this world? By the way, why would you think about such a situation when everything is going so smooth? In today’s world, our digital life is taken care by just a touch of a finger. Your Google account is the bridge to access your online world – be it doing the grocery from home or paying your credit card bills. Who will manage all of these if your account cannot be accessed by anyone else after you pass away?


The “Google 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. Google will give access to selected parts of your Google account whoever you name.

How to manage your inactive Google account after your death?

  • Go to Accounts Page and find the Account Management section and enable the Inactive Account Manager
  • Provide your mobile phone number in the “Alert Me” field. Google will send you a warning text message a month prior to the release of your data.
  • The “Timeout period” field allows you to set the period of inactivity. The time ranges from 3 to 18 months.Inactive Account manager page
  • You can name up to 10 contacts to whom you would like to share your data in the “Notify contacts and share data” field. Each get the access to your selected data once the period of inactivity crosses.
  • You need to provide your contacts phone number so Google can send a verification code in order to download the data. They have time of 3 months to do so.
  • And if you don’t wish to share your data at all, you can delete everything in your account. Set it up in the final field of “Optionally delete account”.

What all you can share with your contacts?

You have the option of sharing specific data to different family members and friends. Not all the data will be downloaded by every contact. You can even assign a message instructing each contact. Here is the list of included services-

  • Mail
  • +1s
  • Blogger
  • Contacts
  • Google Drive
  • Google+ Circles, Pages, Streams, Photos
  • Hangouts
  • Location History
  • Picasa Web Albums
  • Google Voice
  • YouTube

You can set an auto-response for all incoming e-mails to your Gmail address once it becomes inactive.

Why you should consider setting up the Inactive Account Manager?

Why you should use Inactive account manager

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There is no harm if you pre plan your ‘Digital Afterlife’. Many of our credentials are linked to our Google account. Management of those will become difficult for your family as they are behind the bars of your password. By providing access to your data after your life will free up from the legal procedures and headaches.

Yes, it is pretty awkward to think about your own death but being a little organized before can be a great relief for your loved once. But who knows, there might come a time where you can access your Google from paradise! But till then take this step for sure.

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Filed under Gmail. Posted by Akhil and last updated on November 16, 2015.

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I never thought about this. There are so many important things in my Gmail that will simply be of no use if I die. At least I would like to pass on my legacy to my SO and my parents.

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