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My grandfather has set up about 20 different accounts and

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My grandfather has set up about 20 different accounts and then can no longer log in because he doesnt remeber the passwords unless they are prefilled. we just got him a new phone with a new # so we can no longer use the phone to verify. I need help with these accounts to delete them or merge or whatever and get him set up with one account.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  Russell H. replied 11 months ago.

Hi, thank you for contacting My name is Russell. I will do my best to provide the right answer to your question.

I would like to help - I appreciate that it sounds like a difficult situation.

The question I have to ask about the task is, what accounts are they? i.e. are they online accounts with online websites?

Or other accounts, such as Windows login accounts?

If the web browser program he used stores passwords, then auto-fill of those stored passwords may help access some of them.

And please note at this stage: you have to have the password, and access them, to close them. A 'merge' of online accounts with the same provider e.g. Hotmail, or Facebook, is something very dubious in my opinion, and many of them will have to be closed, I suspect. But it may depend on the specific website and its policies and capabilities. Certainly ability to login is needed, to prove ownership / proprietorship of the account.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
There is a hotmail account as well but there are like 15 gmail accounts once i get into one and can more than likely access most of them just need to get into one!
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Expert:  Russell H. replied 11 months ago.

OK. First thing to get is, the names of those GMail accounts.

Second thing, to enter each name, see if they have stored passwords.

(To find the name of the account, if unknown, go to the GMail login screen, to the Username field. And try to press the down arrow, to see if Autofill shows you choices for the username field.)

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
They don't. Obviously, I already tried that...
Expert:  Russell H. replied 11 months ago.

Well, then: there's likely no trace of them (or all of the GMail accounts but one, most likely) on the computer, as far as I know, except:

- any emails you may have received, from one of those accounts (which would have the account name on it.)

- any notes made of the email's account names, and/or passwords. (Or if he remembers his 'typical password', if he has one. ?)

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
i have the email addresses just not the names
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
are you still there
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
no i am on my work computer but i do know some of the email addresses that he set up they are pretty much all the same with a couple of dots
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
i am about to be off work and staying here to talk with you since you arent answering seems pointless
Expert:  Russell H. replied 11 months ago.

The email account name is (in some cases, Hotmail logins for instance) the email address.

But in all the others I can think of the account's name is


where the email address is


so the email account names can be had easily.

... I will post again in a moment.

Expert:  Russell H. replied 11 months ago.

Enter a GMail email account name, from the ones you have.

(or perhaps the full address, if that is demanded.)

Then enter any old password. Try to log in with it, that will fail.

Then use the

Forgot your password?

(or similarly titled) link, to go through the process of password ***** if possible.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
ive done those things for every single account doesnt work
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
i dont know dates when he set them up security answers do not work
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
now what? and i though you could get me into the account not walk me through the steps to get me in through google
Expert:  Russell H. replied 11 months ago.

I have no back door access to Google or GMail accounts.

With apologies, I have Opted Out, opening the case to other Experts, and giving you a chance at a second opinion from another Expert, free of additional charges. Thank you for following the process thus far.

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