Like many, I was curious about Google+ and joined not long after the site was finally offered to the masses. It didn’t take me long to realize there was absolutely no reason for me to stay on the supposed Facebook replacement. However, once I joined, I was constantly bombarded with recommendations from friends and even businesses when I logged on to use Google Docs. The solution? Delete the Google+ account without deleting my Google account.
There are a slew of reasons why you might want to delete your Google+ account. Some people prefer to only use one or two main social networks, usually basing their selection on where most of their friends are. Many are already frustrated with Facebook’s privacy issues and instantly realized Google+ wasn’t any different. Regardless of why, the main reason to delete your Google+ account is to be able to use other Google services, including search, without your friends or circles getting in the way.
How To Start
Start by logging into your Google+ account. You can also log in from the main Google home screen and then access your Google+ account. Click your name in the top right corner of the screen. Select Account Settings. If you don’t see Account Settings, you’re likely not in the Google+ service. You must be in the correct service in order to delete your account. Otherwise, you may delete the wrong service such as Google Docs.
Look for the Services section. You may have to scroll down slightly before you see it. Click the link that says Delete profile and remove associated social features. Do not click the Close Account link. You’ll then be presented with two options. Make your selection carefully. Choose Delete Google+ content. Do not choose the second option which removes your entire Google account (all Google services you currently use). Choosing the first option removes all Google+ account information, but allows you to continue using other services as you were originally.
Press the Remove selected services button to complete the process. If your Google+ account still appears to exist, log out, delete any cookies and log back in. Your account should now be completely removed.
Please be aware that this isn’t a temporary deletion like Facebook has. You will not be able to rejoin Google+ and have your account fully restored. All friends, circles and other data are permanently deleted. Only delete your Google+ account if you do not want to use the service any longer.