Post-FuneralHow to Close Your Loved One’s Google Account(s)

September 5, 2019Obitia
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As social media becomes a more important facet of our daily lives, a growing number of people are planning for what will happen to their digital assets when they pass away.

If you have a Google Account, you may customize your preferences as to what you want to occur in the event your account unexpectedly becomes inactive. You can select exactly which accounts you would like passed on, to whom, and when. You can do so by managing your Inactive Account Settings.

More commonly, however, individuals will pass away without having designated anyone to manage their online accounts.

In such circumstances, Google provides two options: an immediate family member or the legal representative of the estate can submit a request to obtain data from a deceased user’s account or to close the account.

To Submit a Request to Obtain Data you’ll need the following information:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Email address of the deceased
  • Name of legal representative of the deceased’s estate
  • Email address of the legal representative
  • Date of death
  • Scan of a government issued ID
  • Scan of the Death Certificate

To Request to Close an Account you’ll need the following information:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Email address of the deceased
  • Name of legal representative of the deceased’s estate
  • Email address of the legal representative
  • Date of death
  • Scan of a government-issued ID
  • Scan of the Death Certificate

 

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