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Canceled my Google account. Uh-oh.

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by mitchb2, Feb 25, 2011.

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    A couple of months ago my wonderful Droid decided to spam a thousand people in my company from my Gmail account.

    I didn't want it to happen again so I did a factor reset on my phone and canceled my Google account and created a new one with a different Gmail address.

    Last night I realized I hadn't seen a Market update in a long time. I tried to go to the Market and realized it was married to the Gmail account that no longer exists.

    How screwed am I? When I get a new phone will there be no way to get my paid apps back with my new account?

    Burns me up that so much Google dependency is built in with (what seems like) no recourse for a situation like this.
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    Did you try calling Verizon. I had a very similar issue when I created a new google account. I called verizon and they walked me through it.
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    Apps are tied to the account they were purchased on. You could email the developers and see if they can help.
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    That's what I was afraid of. Bad design. Email accounts change.

    I'll wait until I get my new phone then talk to Verizon and see if they can swing everything over to my new Gmail address. Arg.
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    Verizon really has nothing to do with it. Apps are purchased from Google Checkout. It is set up that way for portability when you get a new device.
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    Google doesnt take kindly to those who delete gmail accts :O
    ..similar thing happened to me...no luck..i had to purchase a bunch of apps again
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    But I created a new one, so it's ok. :)
    It's the Conservation of Google Principle. Google can neither be created nor destroyed. It just is.
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    I understand your frustration. To me, the bigger concern, what caused the account to generate all of those emails. It may have been simpilar to rectify that problem.

    Yes, email addresses do change. Many of us have multiple email addresses. Google or any other vendor can not be held responsible for the content or the performance of the users account. If one gets "botted" that responsibility lies with the user.

    For what is it worth, Apple does the same with their apps. When you register in the app store you create an account. One does have the ability to create multiple accounts and add to your device.
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    I had about $40 worth of apps. I guess those are gone when I get a new phone.

    As far as what happened: I had to do a factory reset. I backed up first, did the reset, and when I did the restore, it went back in time and sent every calendar event I ever had to every member of the distribution list for each event. People were really pissed because some of them got a hundred emails all at once.

    It was a really bad day. I deleted the entire account to ensure that there was no chance anything could ever come from that address again.
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    Does anyone know if there's any way I can get Google to migrate my account from the old Gmail address to the new one? I can't find any sort of customer support contact links.

    Right now I have no access to the Market at all. The Droid won't let me remove the dead account from the phone without doing a factory reset, which I'm not going to do. It won't sync my new Gmail account even though it's set to sync. It's pretty hosed up.
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    Even if you can reactivate the deleted account, to set a new account for the phone I believe you'd still have to do a factory reset.
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    Did you click the link I provided in box 10?
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    Yes.
    I'm too nervous about resurrecting the account because I'd be afraid it would spew those emails again and I'd get fired. I just want to migrate the settings to my new account. But not holding out much hope that it's possible.
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    Did you ever determine what caused the emails to be distributed?

    If you are able to resurrect the account just do not sign in on your phone until you remediate the email issue.
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    On your phone, go into settings -> accounts and uncheck the sync settings on that account and never use it again. Also, stop using "local backup" products on "cloud-stored" data. Stuff like this happens - it's a VERY bad idea.
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    I bet it's just a conflict between the data restore (done outside of officially-supported mechanisms) and the cloud-sync mechanisms. As far as GCalendar was concerned, mitch just created ~1000 meeting requests while offline when the restore happened. So what should it do? Well, if I tried to send an email/meeting invite while offline, shouldn't it send an email once it gets back online?

    There are officially-supported mechanisms for working with GCal and I bet this backup app didn't work within those rules. In fact, it clearly didn't because, if it did, then it shouldn't have backed up that data to begin with. It should have allowed GCal to keep the data backed up online. What it probably did was do an export and then an import. As far as GCal is concerned, the import was intentionally done to create new meeting invites. To top this off, if another backup/sync tool was used (such as Google Calendar Outlook Sync), this would greatly increase the likelihood of something like this happening.

    I'll say this again. ANY time you're working with backup up and restoring data that is backed up and restored via another means, you MUST be careful what you're doing or the two will conflict and you'll either end up with duplicates (as is the case here) or you may actually end up deleting them all.
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    You may be correct, Jax. I'm not a big fan of the "cloud' environment. I have my own external drive.
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