Google will soon introduce a new policy for inactive accounts, which enables it to remove content after a set period of time and the new policy is part of its updated storage policies that will be implemented from June 2021.
“We are introducing new policies for consumer accounts that are either inactive or exceeding their storage limits on Gmail, Drive (including Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms and Jamboard files) and / or photos Industry to better align with common practices. After June 1,”Google said in a blog post.
The tech giant will delete the accounts of users who have been inactive in one or more services for two years after June 1, 2021. In addition, Google Gmail will also remove content in Photos and Drive, which exceeds the storage limit.
“From June 1, any new docs, sheets, slides, drawings, forms or jamboard files will start counting towards your free 15 GB of allocated storage or any additional storage provided through Google One. Until they are modified on or after June 1, files within these products will not move towards storage.
There is a simple way around this; Google stated that it would notify users several times before attempting to remove any content. This will give users ample opportunities to take adequate action before removing content from their account. The best way around this is to make sure that your account is activated from time to time by Gmail, photo, or drive over phone or web.