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Your Gmail has a SECRET “Self Destruct” button that everyone needs to activate today

Have you ever wondered what happens to all your data when you pass?

It’s a morbid thought, but much of our digital lives will live on when we’re gone.

Don't leave your details behind when you're gone

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Don’t leave your details behind when you’re gonePhoto credit: Getty

But there is a way to make some of it disappear – or, as we saw at , it can be sensitively preserved Memorial accounts on Facebook.

In the case of email, you might think it’s better to just get rid of everything, and luckily with Gmail you can.

Officially known as the Inactive Account Manager, it is not intended solely for the death of the owner and can be deployed whenever an account is left idle for an extended period of time.

You can set it up now by going to Inactive Account Manager Page.

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“Decide when you want Google to consider your account inactive and what we do with your data after that”, Google explained.

“You can share it with someone you trust or ask Google to delete it.”

press the begin button and choose how long you want Google to wait before deleting your account data.

You can choose between three months, six months, 12 months and 18 months.

And just in case you just haven’t used it for a while, the tech giant will send you an alert a month before the scheduled cleanup.

This will be sent “multiple times” via your secondary email address and phone number.

Next, you can choose up to 10 people that Google can notify when your account is inactive.

If you wish, you can also give them access to some of your data.

It’s even possible to turn on an auto reply message to be sent to people who try to email you once the account is gone.

Finally, you have to check the plans you set by tapping them verification plan then confirm plan.

Gmail has 1.5 billion users worldwide

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Gmail has 1.5 billion users worldwidePhoto credit: Getty

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