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WIll deleting a Google+ page delete my entire account?

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WIll deleting a Google+ page delete my entire account? Tony Palazzo 2/4/13 8:17 AM
I have followed the instructions for deleting one of the Google+ pages I manage... switch to that page, go to settings, go to the bottom and select delete page.  It takes me to a new screen that has switched out of the page and back to my primary account.  It stops using the word "page" and starts using the word "account".  I am afraid to finalize the deletion because it uses the words "You're trying to delete your Google Account that provides access to the Google products listed below. Please select each checkbox to confirm you fully understand that you'll no longer be able to use any of these products and all information associated with them, and that your account will be lost."

Will following this process delete my main account or just one of the pages I manage?
Re: WIll deleting a Google+ page delete my entire account? Kaleh 2/4/13 9:01 AM
This is the second report I've seen of this.  It does sound very odd.

Would you mind providing screen shots of the page where you are selecting "Delete page" and the screen that you are being redirected to?

Can you grab the URL for the "Delete Page" link?

Edit:  Do you mind providing a link to the page that you are trying to delete?  Since it seems to be an account related issue (page related issue) I think that is going to be critical to troubleshooting this.
Re: WIll deleting a Google+ page delete my entire account? Kaleh 2/4/13 9:04 AM
FWIW ... this is what I see when I click on the "Delete Page" link:

Delete this Google+ page?
If you delete this page:
  • Other managers won't be able to access it
  • All social features and content related to it will be removed
  • Its Ads campaigns will be paused
  • Content from all Google Services will be deleted
  • You can transfer ownership of this page instead of deleting it.
    Re: WIll deleting a Google+ page delete my entire account? Tony Palazzo 2/4/13 10:47 AM
    Here is the link to the page I am trying to delete and the screenshots:

    The first screenshot is where I go in settings to delete the page (note the profile name in picture in the upper right).  After clicking on "delete page" I see the pop up that you pasted.  After hitting delete you will see the screen I get - it has changed from my page profile picture and name to my personal picture and name.  This is where the hesitation begins!



    Re: WIll deleting a Google+ page delete my entire account? Kaleh 2/4/13 1:05 PM
    Ahhh ... got it!  I went one step further and went forward with the page deletion.

    I saw a red "Deleting Page" banner at the top of the screen, and was bounced back to the login screen.

    When I logged back in, I see what you see.  You certainly have good reason to be hesitant.

    I've flagged this for someone to look into.
    Re: WIll deleting a Google+ page delete my entire account? mc-ah 2/4/13 5:55 PM
    Exactly the same problem here. 

    Re: WIll deleting a Google+ page delete my entire account? Sky B 2/5/13 2:30 PM
    Hi folks,

    Apologies for the confusion. Since a unique Google account is created for your page, deleting a page requires you to delete the account for that page. But given that deleting an account is a big, irreversible step, I can understand some reluctance to continue if you're not sure what account will be deleted. I'll discuss this with the team. 

    In the meantime - if the account deletion page says Delete Google Account for <Page Name>, this deletes the page's account, not your personal account.

    Best,
    Sky
    Re: WIll deleting a Google+ page delete my entire account? mc-ah 2/5/13 4:33 PM
    A good clarification, thanks Sky.  One case in which it doesn't help: 

    for example:
    My page was created unintentionally by just going to "Pages" to see what it was for. 
    The default page name created was the name of the original identity of the underlying email account:  "alienheartbeat"
    not my G+ profile name
    so obviously the threat to delete "alienheartbeat"  was concerning.

    I wanted to delete the oage as I didn't really want a page, and It seemed to become in some ways the default, eg when someone tried to share with me, it turned out they shared with my page rather than my profile.

    Is there some documenation somewhere on how pages really work?
    Your comment that "a unique Google account is created for your page"  is very useful
    and understanding what is really going on would be helpful.

    Apologies that I can't produce screenshots as it was causing me so much confusion that I just deleted my G+ profile and recreated it. 
    I assume the page is not there but can't really verify as if I touch the Pages button, it may get recreated if not there!


    Re: WIll deleting a Google+ page delete my entire account? Kaleh 2/5/13 5:22 PM
    @Michael Coorey

    It would be highly unusual for a page to be automatically created by just clicking on the "Pages" icon in the vertical ribbon on the left side of your Google+ screens.  If that were the case, Google would definitely need to look into that and try to recreate it.  The normal behavior would be a multi-step process that is completed only after manually clicking on the "Create Page" button.

    I was not able to find anything on Google+ for [alienheartbeat] or [alien heartbeat] or [alien heart beat].  

    You really should have nothing to fear by clicking on the "Pages" icon.  However, you can check your Pages management dashboard and see if anything is listed there.

    Re: WIll deleting a Google+ page delete my entire account? mc-ah 2/5/13 7:04 PM
    @Kaleh

    No question you are correct. 

    I was experimenting in unfamiliar territory (had just started trying to use G+) so anything is possible. Of course accidentally creating a page would be no problem if it could be easily deleted without fear of deleting your account ;-)   Equally I am not sure how one of my friends ended up connecting to my page rather than my profile. 

    Thanks for checking, and for the link to the dashboard.  I checked it and the page has disappeared. 

    I think the underlying problem - at least for me and possibly the OP -  is the relationship between pages and the G+ profile identity is not well understood.  If you can point me at any documentation that explains this that would be great.  It seems from what Sky said the page is a separate but linked account. 
    thanks, mc
    Re: WIll deleting a Google+ page delete my entire account? Keenan 2/7/13 12:28 AM
    Thanks for the clarification.  That would totally freak me out too.
    Re: WIll deleting a Google+ page delete my entire account? Kesava 2/7/13 4:16 AM
    I got the exact same problem too. 

    I selected a duplicate page for deletion; I get a message with title "Delete Google account for xxxx"

    I have cancelled the workflow at this stage and I did not select without "Delete Google Account" button, which is crazy to happen.
    Re: WIll deleting a Google+ page delete my entire account? Kaleh 2/7/13 7:08 AM
    @Kesava

    Did you see Sky's response that indicates:

    ... if the account deletion page says Delete Google Account for <Page Name>, this deletes the page's account, not your personal account

    While the messaging is very alarming and confusing, he has indicated that it is alerting you to the fact that a separate, unique account that was created for the Page is what is being deleted ... not the personal account that created the page.

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    Re: WIll deleting a Google+ page delete my entire account? Andrea Schroeder 2/19/13 12:58 PM
    Thanks everyone - Google should really consider changing the workflow and instructions for deleting a page! I accidentally created two Google + pages for the same business... one under my business Google account and one under my personal account. Trying to delete the business page under my personal account is WAY too scary with that crazy message - and no clear direction on what you're really deleting (especially when it's your personal account name / picture at the top right). So, I have renamed the mistake page to "test" page and started the transfer of ownership process to a dummy Gmail account with no history. However, when I attempted the transfer it stated that the new owner had to be a manager for 2 weeks before ownership transfer. So, I guess I will wait the two weeks and delete the page under the dummy account so that I can be confident it's not deleting any Google Services from my personal account. This is way messy and probably unnecessary, but at least I won't have a heart attack trying to delete a Google+ page from my primary personal account.
    Re: WIll deleting a Google+ page delete my entire account? Andrea Schroeder 2/19/13 5:02 PM
    Well, I pulled the trigger and deleted the page - hoping that the information here was accurate. Looks like it worked and deleted the duplicate page only. Just make sure it says the page name when you are deleting (I changed mine to something weird before deleting just to make sure).
    Re: WIll deleting a Google+ page delete my entire account? Oh Dear 3/4/13 1:38 AM
    Have just come across this and very afraid.

    We have a Google Apps account, primary email is em...@domain.com
    This email is the default in GMAIL for sending and replying.

    Created a Google + profile from this account and now the primary email email@domain.comis no longer the default sender or reply from in GMAIL, the username assigned to Google + also appears against em...@domain.com

    So trying to untangle all of this and landed here.

    The primary email used is a business email customers contact us on, and thought by creating a Google + profile then page for the business everything would function as before.

    How do we re instate the primary email?

    Was going to delete the page then Google + from the primary email account?

    SO then how do we create Google + for the business without having this issue a second time assuming we can solve it?

    Thanks for your help.
    Re: WIll deleting a Google+ page delete my entire account? Sky B 3/7/13 9:39 AM
    Hi Oh Dear,

    When you say that the default/primary email address for sending and receiving email changed when you enabled Google+ on the account, do you mean that the name that appears in the people's inbox when you send email changed to the name on the account? If so, this is expected. You can change this name in your Gmail settings but the profile would still be accessible via this email address. If you don't want a profile with the name of an individual to be linked to the primary email address, you'll want to downgrade from Google+ on that account.

    Since pages must be created and owned by a profile, and profiles require real names, it isn't currently possible for you to upgrade your current account to Google+ and link it directly to a page with the name of your business. If you create a new secondary account you can upgrade this account to Google+ and create a page for your business. Then you can set up a username and password for the page and enable Gmail for the page. This email address could be used to correspond as the page and would link back to the page instead of the owner's profile.

    Best,
    Sky
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    WIll deleting a Google+ page delete my entire account? Hazel Ronquillo 3/9/13 3:15 PM
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    Re: WIll deleting a Google+ page delete my entire account? Jörg Plate 3/10/13 4:56 AM
    I'm not clicking "Delete Google Account" without being really really sure it doesn't delete my account... I will have two pages with the same name that I cannot delete forever and because of that don't do anything with "Pages" (two pages because I couldn't fix a typo in the url of the first one and created it again. I'm stupid with computers).

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