Set up Google Apps feature releases for users
You don’t have to install any software upgrades to get new features in Google Apps. Instead, features appear in users' accounts automatically. As an administrator, you can briefly delay when new features* in Google Apps are released to your users. You then have time to try out the features first and train users on the changes. To delay new features, select the Scheduled Release track (see details below).
Find out what's new by keeping track of new releases.
Two available release tracks
- Scheduled Release track (recommended)—Your users get new features at least 1 week after they’re released to the public. This gives you time to prepare users for changes.
- Rapid Release track—Your users get new features as soon as Google releases them to public consumer users. Features are tested for quality assurance.
Tip: Select the Scheduled Release track for your users. Then set up Rapid Release in a test account to try out new features before your users get them.
Select your release track
Warning: If you switch from Rapid Release to Scheduled Release, your users might lose access to features currently on the Rapid Release track. Check Google Apps Release Calendar for current Rapid Release features.
Sign in to your Google Admin console.
Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).
- From the Admin console dashboard, go to Company profileProfile.
- In the New User Features section, select Scheduled release or Rapid release.
- Click Save.
It can take up to 24 hours for the change to take effect.
Applies only for user features
The release track you choose here has no effect on when new Admin console features appear. Regardless of which release track you choose, all administrators get new Admin console features at the same time.
To ensure a smooth rollout, features are released at different paces depending on their nature and complexity. In the launch announcement for each feature on the Google Apps Update blog, one of the following rollout paces is indicated:
- Full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility)
- Gradual rollout (potentially longer than 3 days for feature visibility)
This article describes the "Google Apps release process," which applies only to web launches for Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive (including Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides), Google Groups, and Google Sites. No mobile launches or launches for other services or labs are included. Google makes every effort to follow this process, but can't guarantee it will at all times. We reserve the right to change the release process at any time. Most features are available to both the Rapid and Scheduled release options in multiple languages.