Turn Currents on or off for users

If you have Essentials edition, upgrade to Enterprise to get this service.

Users who have Currents enabled can use it for collaboration at your company or school, and can also use Currents for sharing beyond your domain.

As a G Suite administrator, you can control who in your organization uses Currents from their managed account. Currents is turned on by default for new G Suite customers, but administrators have the ability to control whether Currents is on or off for users in a domain, an organizational unit, or group. Users must have a valid G Suite license to use Currents.

Before you begin, carefully review the following requirements and considerations.

Before disabling Currents

If Currents is turned off for a user, or a user is no longer assigned a valid G Suite license:

  • That user will not be able to create new Currents content or access other users’ Currents content. This includes content restricted to your organization. Once Currents is turned on again and the user has a valid G Suite license, content can be accessed normally and the user can create new posts. This includes public posts, posts restricted to your domain, and privately shared posts.

  • That user’s existing Currents content will remain visible to other G Suite users who have access to that content. This includes any public Currents content created by that user.

  • That user can continue to access or delete their own Currents content through the Activity Log.

  • To permanently delete all visible data for a user, the user or administrator must delete the user’s Currents profile. Users can visit the downgrade page without deleting their profile to learn more about the data that is deleted or not deleted. Administrators can always delete users’ Currents profiles, even if Currents is turned off.

Before enabling Currents

Before you turn on Currents for your organization, review the following information to understand the requirements and impact.

Check if Currents is already turned on

Currents is automatically turned on for new G Suite domains.

To check if Currents is on or off for your existing domain:

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

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

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenG Suiteand thenCurrents.
  3. The status is displayed next to the Currents icon:
    • On for everyone
    • Off for everyone
    • On for some organizations

For example, Currents may be turned on if all of the following applied when Currents was released:

Turn on Currents for specific users
  • To turn on Currents for select groups of users, put their accounts in an organizational unit or add the users to an access group
  • To turn on Currents only for users in some sub-domains, place domain-specific accounts in their own organizational unit (org). Then turn on Currents for just that org. For details, see Managing multiple domains or Add an organizational unit.
  • To turn Currents for users in all sub-domains within your G Suite domain, turn on Currents for your top-level domain or organizational unit.

Users must have a Currents profile

Users must have a Currents profile to use Currents.

Users must meet minimum age requirements

To join Currents, users must meet minimum age requirements. If people who don't meet age requirements try to join Currents, their entire account—including Gmail and other services—will be suspended. Learn more about minimum age requirements.
Don't turn on Currents for users who don't meet Currents age requirements. Turn on Currents only in organizational units where all users meet the requirements. If an underage user tries to sign up for Currents, their entire G Suite account—including Gmail and other services—is disabled.

Legal requirements

In using Currents, your organization is solely responsible for complying with all laws and regulations that might be applicable to the provision of Currents to your organization's end users. This includes but is not limited to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

Turn Currents on or off

Disable Currents in the Admin console
  1. Review the considerations before disabling Currents, and inform your users of the changes.
    1. Tell users about the Currents data that will be deleted, and what data will still be available.
    2. Ask users to delete their Currents profile (or delete it for them), if necessary.
  2. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

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

  3. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenG Suiteand thenCurrents.
  4. At the top of the gray box, click Edit Service and choose Off for everyone to turn off the service for all users.
  5. Click Save.

Changes typically take effect in minutes, but can take up to 24 hours. For details, see How changes propagate to Google services.  

Enable Currents in the Admin console

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. Review the considerations before enabling Currents.
  2. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

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

  3. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenG Suiteand thenCurrents.
  4. At the top right of the gray box, click Edit Service "".

  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. Select On or Off.
    3. Click Override to keep your setting if the service for the parent organizational unit is changed.
    4. If Overridden is already set for the organizational unit, choose an option:
      • Inherit—Reverts to the same setting as its parent.
      • Save—Saves your new setting (even if the parent setting changes).

    Learn more about organizational structure.

  7. To turn on a service for a set of users across or within organizational units, select an access group. For details, go to turn on a service for a group.
  8. If you chose to turn on Currents, check the box to acknowledge Currents conditions of use. Then click Turn Currents on.
  9. Make sure users' required services are also turned on.
  10. Get users started with Currents.

Changes typically take effect in minutes, but can take up to 24 hours. For details, see How changes propagate to Google services.  

 

 

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