Google has a new activity and storage quota policy. Google has made significant changes to the storage policy for user accounts that use Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos. Since all these services share storage space, the company has decided to implement new measures for accounts that go over the limit or that are inactive for a long time.
As of June 21, 2021, Google will be able to delete your content from Gmail, Photos, or Drive (including Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Drawings, Forms, and Google Jamboards files) if you go over the storage limit or are inactive for two years.
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The new policies will apply from June 1, 2023, that is, 24 months after they become effective as a new standard. So if you have an account for any Google product that you haven’t used in a long time and you don’t want to lose the content stored there, you need to sign in at least once.
“When you have been inactive in Gmail, Google Drive (including Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, Jamboard or Sites files) or Google Photos for 2 years, all of your content may be removed from that product,” Google states, “If you’re a Google One member with no outstanding payment or quota issues, you are considered active.”
After June 1, 2021, if you are inactive or exceed your storage limit, Google will send you email notifications and reminders in advance, before deleting any content. Even if your content is deleted or you spend more than that time inactive, you can still log in to your account. These policies will only apply to individual users of Google services.
This does not apply to Google Workspace, G Suite for Educational Centers, or G Suite for Non-Profit Organizations accounts.
Google has a new activity and storage quota policy, remember that starting from June 2021, Google Photos and Google Docs will stop offering unlimited free storage, and Drive will start to automatically delete files from the trash.