How to Transfer Mail to Another Account and Delete a Gmail Email Account (17 Steps)

by Steve Gregory
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Google offers a straightforward method to delete your Gmail account through your Google Accounts dashboard. You need to navigate to the Remove Gmail page from the Products section of your dashboard to delete your email address. Before you delete your Gmail account you can automatically transfer all of your incoming messages to your new address while you give your contacts time to start using your new address. You can find the option to transfer your incoming messages in the Forwarding and POP/IMAP section of your Gmail account.

Transfer Email

Step 1

Sign in to your Gmail dashboard and click the "Settings" icon -- the icon is a gear cog.

Step 2

Select "Forwarding and POP/IMAP" and then select "Add a Forwarding Address" in the Forwarding section.

Step 3

Enter your new email address in to the open field on the pop-up box and click "Next."

Step 4

Select the "Proceed" button and then click "OK."

Step 5

Launch a new browser window and log in to your new email account dashboard.

Step 6

Open the Gmail confirmation code email to view the confirmation code.

Step 7

Return to your Gmail account page and enter the confirmation code in the Forwarding section's Confirmation Code box.

Step 8

Click "Verify" and then select the check box to forward your incoming mail.

Step 9

Click the first drop-down box and select your new email address.

Step 10

Click the second drop-down box and choose an appropriate option such as "Delete Gmail's Copy."

Click "Save Changes."

Delete Gmail

Step 1

Navigate to the Google Accounts page and sign in to your account (link in Resources).

Step 2

Select "Products" to open the Your Products page.

Step 3

Select the "Edit" text link and then select "Remove Gmail Permanently" in the Delete a Product section to open the Remove Gmail From Your Account page.

Step 4

Select the check box to confirm that you want to delete your Gmail email address.

Step 5

Enter the email address that you want to use to sign in to your Google account in the New Primary Email Address field.

Enter your account password in the Current Password field and click "Remove Gmail."


  • Delete your Gmail email address only after you are sure that your entire contact list knows your new email address.


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About the Author

An avid technology enthusiast, Steve Gregory has been writing professionally since 2002. With more than 10 years of experience as a network administrator, Gregory holds an Information Management certificate from the University of Maryland and is pursuing MCSE certification. His work has appeared in numerous online publications, including Chron and GlobalPost.

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