Google Inactive Account Manager – The solution to your online data when you’re no more

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Nitin Venkatesh
published April 16, 2013, 8:36 a.m.

Google released the Inactive Account Manager a few days back, and if you still haven’t checked it out, here’s a look at it.

Google Inactive Account Manager is a tool that helps you decide what should happen to your Google Account and your Google data incase your account is not accessed over a period of time (subtext: you’re dead or lost in a coma).

First, you’ll need to head over to Google Inactive Account Manager, where you can tinker quite a few things like

  • Timeout period – how long your account should have been inactive before the set tasks are kicked into action.
  • Add trusted contacts – who can receive all of your Google data or certain parts of your Google data.
  • Set an auto-response message – generic auto-response to all the emails received or only to emails from your contacts, after your timeout period.
  • Delete account – Choose to purge account and your Google data after all the above set tasks have been executed.
  • Enable/Disable – The final option, where you can choose to enable/disable the Google Inactive Account Manager. So you could set all the tasks and stuff before-hand and save it as a draft (sort-of) without enabling the manager.

Before Google performs any of the set tasks, it sends an email to your account and a SMS to your mobile, so in case it gets triggered accidentally, you can stop it.

Here are a few screenshots -








So, whether you want to liberate your data when you’re gone, or want to disappear and let none be the wiser, Google Inactive Account manager is at your disposal.

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