Turn Experimental Apps on or off for users

Experimental apps are services and products developed by Google teams (such as Area 120, Google's in-house product incubator). An experimental app can "graduate" to become a Google service or product, or close down. 

Current experimental apps that you can turn on or off in the Admin console

  • Qaya: Simple, personal storefronts for creators

Learn about the latest experimental apps and news in the Area 120 portfolio

Access to experimental apps

As an administrator of your organization's Google Accounts, you can control who uses experimental apps.

  • Google Workspace for Education editions: Experimental apps are turned Off by default for K-12 and users under the age of 18. Users under the age of 18 are restricted from using experimental apps with their Google Workspace for Education accounts, even when the Experimental Apps setting is On. For details, go to Control access to Google services by age
  • All other Google Workspace editions and Cloud Identity: Experimental apps are turned On by default.
  • You can turn all experimental apps On or Off. You can't set an individual experimental app.
  • You can manage access for all users or specific organizational units.

If an experimental app becomes a Google service

Google will announce when an experimental app is scheduled for shutdown or graduating to a Google service. If an experimental app becomes a Google service: 

  • The service is no longer controlled by the Experimental Apps setting.
  • The service becomes an Additional Google service with an individual on/off control.  
  • Initially, the service's settings are the same as its Experimental Apps setting. For example, the service is turned on for specific organizational units and allowed to access core services data.

Learn more about managing Additional Google services

Control who uses experimental apps with their account

Before you begin: To turn a service on or off for certain users, put their accounts in an organizational unit (to control access by department) or add them to an access group (to allow access for users across or within departments).

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. In the Admin console, go to Menu ""and then"" Appsand thenAdditional Google services.  
  3. Click Experimental Apps.

  4. Next to Service status, click the Down arrow "".
  5. To turn on or off a service for everyone in your organization, click On for everyone or Off for everyone, and then click Save.

  6. (Optional) To turn a service on or off for an organizational unit:
    1. At the left, select the organizational unit.
    2. To change the Service status, select On or Off.
    3. Choose one:
      • If the Service status is set to Inherited and you want to keep the updated setting, even if the parent setting changes, click Override.
      • If the Service status is set to Overridden, either click Inherit to revert to the same setting as its parent, or click Save to keep the new setting, even if the parent setting changes.
        Note: Learn more about organizational structure.

 Manage experimental apps access to core services data

You can let experimental apps access data in your Google Workspace core services (such as Gmail and Google Drive) as needed for full functionality. Otherwise, experimental apps have the minimum access to Google Workspace data required to function, and some experimental apps' features may not be available. 

To apply the setting to everyone, leave the top organizational unit selected. Otherwise, select a child organizational unit or a configuration group.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. Click Experimental Appsand then Core Data Access Permissions.
  3. To apply the setting to everyone, leave the top organizational unit selected. Otherwise, select a child organizational unit or a configuration group.
  4. Click Allow users at your organization to access Google Workspace data and services using Experimental Apps.
  5. Click Save.
 


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