- What does Google do with your data when you pass away?
- How Google’s Inactive Account Manager works.
- What if you never set up Inactive Account Manager?
Most Android users have a Google account which you use to access services provided by Google including Gmail, YouTube, hangouts, Play Store as well as Google Drive to store your data. The famous search engine has created a way for you to choose what happens to the information collected on your account when you stay inactive for a certain period or pass away.
Googles inactive manager takes care of your account when you die. The feature gives you a chance to choose what actions are taken when you stay inactive for a limited time. The first thing you set up on the feature is the amount of idle time (up to eighteen months) you want to let pass by before the manager is triggered.
After that, you can go on to choose a limited (max 10) number of contacts who will be notified once that time has passed via an automated email.
Once everything is set up and you are inactive for an extended time, Google will start by sending deactivation notifications via both SMS and email a month before time runs out. When the account is de-activated, your trusted contact will receive an e-mail (with the optional personal message), along with access to anything you’ve chosen to share with them.
If you’ve opted to have your account deleted, that person will have 3 months (following deactivation) to access or download any of your data. After that, the account and all its contents across Google’s platforms will be completely erased from the cloud. You can also choose not to have the account deleted after de-activation, in which case any chosen contacts with whom you share it will have more time on their hands to do with it as they will.
What if you never set up an Inactive Account Manager?
If you have not set up the inactive manager, Google will delete your account after 2 years of inactivity.