Many people keep tons of information on their phones and other digital devices such as pictures, videos, notes, documents, email, apps. If your loved ones had to get access to that information, could they do it? Is it even legal for them to use your password or other credentials (assuming they know them) once you're dead? We recommend that you designate one or more trusted persons as "Legacy Contacts" in your digital devices. In particular, we recommend that you name your appointed personal representative (from your Last Will and Testament) as one of those Legacy Contacts.
A Legacy Contact is someone you choose to have access to the data in your Google account after your death. You can add one or more Legacy Contacts in Google settings on your Android device. Here are the steps to do so:
- Go to Google and search for "Google Inactive Account Manager".
- Follow the on-screen instructions to add a legacy contact.
- Choose someone you trust as your Legacy Contact.
- Give them permission to access your vital information after you pass away.
You can repeat these steps to add more Legacy Contacts if you want. You can also remove or edit your legacy contacts at any time. To learn more about the Google Inactive Account Manager and what data your Legacy Contact can access, you can visit this page.