How to setup Google Inactive Account Manager

Google Inactive Account Manager is a useful tool that helps you manage your Google Account if it becomes inactive for an extended period, for example in the event of your death. It allows you to set up what happens to your data, who gets notified, and how your information is handled. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to configure it:

Step 1: Access Your Google Account

1. Go to your Google Account by visiting and sign in with your credentials.

2. Navigate to the Search bar at the top and enter: Inactive Account Manager

Step 2: Click on the Inactive Account Manager

Click on the first option that reads Inactive Account Manager

Step 3: Start the Setup

1. You will be taken to the Inactive Account Manager page. Click on the “Start” button to begin the setup process.

Step 4: Set Inactivity Period

1. Choose the period of inactivity after which your account will be considered inactive. You can select from 3, 6, 12, or 18 months.

2. Enter the phone number and email address you want Google to try and reach you at. And make sure Google is using the correct Recovery Email as well, since this is a third option for Google to contact you at. Google will attempt to reach you via email and text message before taking any action.

 Step 5: Add Who to Notify

1. Click “Add Person” to add trusted contacts who will be notified if your account becomes inactive.

2. Enter the email address of the person you want to add and choose which data they can access.

3. If you want, you can write a personalized message that will be sent to your trusted contact.

Step 6: Set Up Auto-Reply for Gmail

1. You have the option to set up an auto-reply for your Gmail account. This can inform people that your account is inactive.

2. Write the message that will be automatically sent as a reply to incoming emails.

Step 7: Choose Data to Share with your Trusted contacts

1. Choose which parts of your Google Account data you want to share with your trusted contacts. This can include photos, documents, emails, etc.

2. Ensure you review the data you’ve selected to share to avoid any privacy issues.

Step 8: Finalize the Plan

1. Carefully review all the settings and information you have configured.

2. Once you are satisfied with the setup, click on “Activate” to enable your Inactivity Account Manager plan.

Step 9: Update and Manage Your Plan

1. You can return to the Inactivity Account Manager page anytime to update or change your settings.

2. It’s a good idea to review your settings periodically to ensure everything is up to date with your current preferences and contacts.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your Google Account and data are managed according to your wishes if your account becomes inactive. This can provide peace of mind knowing that your digital presence is handled responsibly.

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