Google rolls back to allow free use of custom domain on G Suite legacy for personal use


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Earlier this year, Google sent off some of its user base announcing that it was ending use of the old free edition of G Suite, a service that allowed users to have Gmail, Drive and other G apps on a custom domain for free.

Fast forward to mid-May and users who decided to try and wait for Google’s release are glad their lack of decision has been rewarded, as Google has decided they can keep what they have. as long as they are not a business.

“For businesses, the old free edition of G Suite will no longer be available from June 27, 2022,” Google now says.

“If you are using the old free edition of G Suite for non-commercial purposes, you can opt out of the transition to Google Workspace… You can continue to use your custom domain with Gmail, retain access to free Google services such as like Google Drive and Google Meet, and keep your purchases and data.”

If users continue to do nothing, accounts will be suspended on August 1, after which users can reactivate them by switching to Workspace or deactivating.

Google warns that the former free product is not supported and may retire “some commercial features” in the future.

For proactive users who switched to Workspace after January 19, the Google Support chatbot is would have able to downgrade users to the old free edition of G Suite if they wish.

Those who have already left the Google ecosystem could probably continue with the free edition, but if you’ve already had all these problems, reversing course will take more effort than submitting a form.


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