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Old 20 Jan 2022, 05:02 AM   #1
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End of Legacy Free Google Apps Accounts

It looks like Google is doing away with those legacy Google Apps/GSuite/Google Workspace accounts:

https://support.google.com/a/answer/2855120
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Old 20 Jan 2022, 05:03 AM   #2
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I suspect there will be a lot of confusion over this. Here's another article on it. https://9to5google.com/2022/01/19/g-...-free-edition/
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Old 20 Jan 2022, 09:55 AM   #3
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google will cancel the free gsuite accounts

https://9to5google.com/2022/01/19/g-...-free-edition/

I have two domains with the free gsuite accounts though I never used them.
I have another workspace account with regular paying for storage.
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Old 20 Jan 2022, 10:32 AM   #4
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I just saw this and super bummed.

Question to everyone.

What are the best options to migrate to?

I'm considering between fastmail and pobox, but trying to see where I'll get the most bang for my buck.
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Old 20 Jan 2022, 10:55 AM   #5
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I just saw this and super bummed.

Question to everyone.

What are the best options to migrate to?

I'm considering between fastmail and pobox, but trying to see where I'll get the most bang for my buck.
You can have pobox forwarded to your regular gmail account, with just 20 usd per year.
That's the best domain mail hosting alternative for gsuites.
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Old 20 Jan 2022, 03:41 PM   #6
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I made the mistake many years ago, of linking my Android phone to a personal domain with a Legacy account, now I assume that I'm going to lose all the phone apps that I purchased from the Google Play Store.

I'll have to make a list . . .
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Old 20 Jan 2022, 04:11 PM   #7
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Merge of threads suggested

There is another earlier thread on this same subject, in the Google Gmail Forum, I have suggested to the mods that they merge the threads.

Note to Mods: I noticed that CyberSmurf made a rare visit to the forum a short time ago, but, at time of writing, has not addressed the merging of the threads. Perhaps another mod will?

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Old 20 Jan 2022, 07:42 PM   #8
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I made the mistake many years ago, of linking my Android phone to a personal domain with a Legacy account, now I assume that I'm going to lose all the phone apps that I purchased from the Google Play Store.
Aren't the apps just tied to that particular email address? So if you keep that address working somewhere else the apps would still be yours? Here's a quote from here: https://support.google.com/a/answer/60217
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You may still retain access to additional Google services, such as YouTube and Google Photos.

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Old 20 Jan 2022, 08:19 PM   #9
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Aren't the apps just tied to that particular email address? So if you keep that address working somewhere else the apps would still be yours?
I can't see how that would work.

On my Android 'phone, I have 2 accounts - the one that's linked to the Legacy account, and the other to my personal Gmail account.

When that Legacy account no longer exists, I would then have to rely on my Gmail account - and the purchases I made through the Legacy account would not appear there.

Luckily, I realized my error a few years later, and began to purchase apps via my Gmail account instead.

Unfortunately, I purchased Aqua Mail Pro via the Legacy account, and currently it costs GBP 19.49 to buy again - and I don't intend doing that!

I would also have to re-purchase CalDAV-Sync and TweetCaster Pro - but those prices are currently more reasonable.

Edit: Google Play Store

Terms of Service: https://play.google.com/intl/en_uk/a...rms/index.html

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Disabled Accounts. If Google disables access to your account in accordance with the Terms (for example if you materially or repeatedly violate the Terms), you may be prevented from accessing Google Play, your account details or any files or other Content that is stored with your account. See the Help Center for more information. If you are the family manager of a family on Google Play and Google disables access to your account, your family members may lose access to family features requiring a family group, such as a family payment method, family subscriptions, or Content shared by family members. If you are a family member of a family on Google Play and Google disables your account, your family members will lose access to Content you have shared with them.
I'm assuming here that, although this quote pertains to "disabled" accounts, it would also apply when Google trash the Legacy accounts.

I hope I'm proved wrong!

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Old 21 Jan 2022, 12:30 AM   #10
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Lots of discussion on Reddit about this, and several people say they have contacted Workspace support who says they will lose subscriptions purchased through the Play Store. A bigger problem for some is that it appears that any SingleSignOns done using that Google account will become void also. Of course I have no inside knowledge of any of this. Just summarizing some Redditors.
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Old 22 Jan 2022, 08:00 AM   #11
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I can't see how that would work.

On my Android 'phone, I have 2 accounts - the one that's linked to the Legacy account, and the other to my personal Gmail account.

When that Legacy account no longer exists, I would then have to rely on my Gmail account - and the purchases I made through the Legacy account would not appear there.
.....
I'm in the same boat.
Looks like I need to put together a plan to extract myself from the legacy account.
I wonder what other "gotchas" there are that I need to consider.

So far:
  • List purchases made & replace where needed.
  • Change sign-ups or logins made
  • Update backup email addresses where I've used the Legacy account for the backup email address
  • Shift Legacy Google Drive data
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Old 22 Jan 2022, 08:14 AM   #12
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Looks like I need to put together a plan to extract myself from the legacy account.
I would suggest waiting at least until Google comes out with more information. Have you received an actual notice from Google? Many are reporting they have not received anything directly from Google.
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Old 22 Jan 2022, 08:21 AM   #13
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I would suggest waiting at least until Google comes out with more information. Have you received an actual notice from Google? Many are reporting they have not received anything directly from Google.
I haven't received anything from Google yet - as far as I know.
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Old 22 Jan 2022, 08:28 AM   #14
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I haven't received anything from Google yet - as far as I know.
I would definitely wait before doing anything. They have to notify you and they have to provide more information on what is going to happen to existing users. Also, I wonder if things will be different in different countries due to different sets of laws. Some here in the USA are exploring a class-action lawsuit, according to this article: https://www.androidpolice.com/google...investigation/
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Old 22 Jan 2022, 08:43 AM   #15
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I would definitely wait before doing anything. They have to notify you and they have to provide more information on what is going to happen to existing users. Also, I wonder if things will be different in different countries due to different sets of laws. Some here in the USA are exploring a class-action lawsuit, according to this article: https://www.androidpolice.com/google...investigation/

Good advice.
I'll start thinking about an action plan just on case.
Hopefully I won't have to implement it.
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