What's included in my edition of Gmail?

Below is a comparison of specific Gmail features and capabilities that are available with each edition of Google Apps:

  • Google Apps (free edition): A free offering for small organizations.
As of December 6, 2012, new accounts for this edition are not available. If you signed up for the free edition before December 6, 2012, you can continue to use this edition for free. Learn more.
  • Google Apps for Business: Business-grade services for companies needing enhanced storage, security, administrative control, and integration capabilities. Upgrade now
  • Google Apps for Education: Free business-grade services for qualifying educational institutions and nonprofit organizations. Do we qualify?
  • Nonprofits: Google Apps for Education is available free for qualifying nonprofit organizations through the Google for Nonprofits program (see Eligibility Guidelines). Learn more.
  • U.S. government customers: Google Apps for Government is certified and accredited under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), which sets security standards for software applications in use by the United States federal government. It provides similar features and capabilities to Google Apps for Business. Learn more.

Usage and Support

Compare Google Apps (free edition) with Google Apps for Business and Google Apps for Education.

General Free Business Education
99.9% uptime guarantee SLA X
Maximum users per domain 10 Unlimited Unlimited

Your custom email addresses
Eg, user@yourdomain.com

Message allowances      
Email/IM storage per user

Gmail storage shared with Google Drive and Picasa Web Albums. Learn more
15 GB 30 GB 30 GB
Attachment size limit 25 MB 25 MB 25 MB
Maximum recipients per message 500 500 500
Maximum recipients/day per user (outside your domain) 500 3,000 3,000
Online self help
Priority email support
(via link in Admin console)
24/7 phone support
for "service unavailable" emergencies

Security and Business Controls

Security Free Business Education

SSL enforcement
Learn more

Single Sign On (SSO)
Learn more
Custom password strength requirements
Learn more
Custom password length requirements
Learn more
Filtering & compliance      
Junk email filtering and virus blocking
Custom filtering and content policies X

Archiving, search, and discovery

Google Message Discovery (Postini)
 Paid add-on, only

Email retention policies
Learn more
IP address whitelisting
Learn more
User-managed blacklists
Learn more

Features and Branding

Customization Free Business Education
Removal of Gmail ads X
Logo and colors branding
Custom URL
Admin configured compliance footers X
Email Themes (defined by user)
Mailing lists & aliases      

Mailing lists

Managed by administrators in Google Admin console as groupsLearn more

User-managed forums and
mailing lists

Managed by users in Google Apps as groups; administrator can disable. Learn more


Domain aliases (associated with your primary domain)

Eg, user@corp.yourdomain.com. Learn more

User aliases

(Called nicknames in Google Apps)

Feature management      
Gmail Labs
Learn more
Option to disable Labs for domain X
Option to disable Offline access for domain
Learn more
Option to disable pre-release features for domain

Migration and Integration

User provisioning & contact sharing Free Business Education
Automated provisioning from LDAP systems
Google Apps Directory Sync
User and group provisioning API
Shared domain contacts
(global addresses)
Shared external contacts
Shared Contacts API
Mail migration (administrator managed)      
Domain-wide migration using Email migration API X
Lotus Notes migration
(mail, contacts, calendar)
Google Apps Migration for Lotus Notes

Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Exchange

Supports Microsoft® Exchange 2003/2007/2010 or an IMAP server (Novell® GroupWise®, Cyrus, Dovecot, Courier or Gmail), PST files, and Google Apps accounts. Learn more

Mail migration (user managed)      
Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010
(mail, contacts, calendar)
Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Outlook® (if you're not using Outlook)
Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010
(mail, contacts, calendar)
Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook® (if you'll continue using Outlook)
Other POP accounts
Mail Fetcher

Access and Delivery

Mobile Free Business Education

Remote BlackBerry device management

Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server (requires BlackBerry Enterprise Server)

Native iPhone, iPad, and Windows Phone
Learn more about Google Sync via ActiveSync.
Note that since Jan. 30, 2013 only Google Apps for Business, Government, and Education customers can set up new devices with Google Sync and Sync Gmail and Calendar and Contacts on your iPhone and iPad.
Remote iPhone, iPad, and Windows Phone device management
Google Apps Mobile Management
Learn more

Remote Android device management

Learn more about Google Apps Device Policy and Google Apps Mobile Management

Other access options      
Mail delegation
Learn more
Offline access
Learn more
Voice and video chat
Learn more
Outlook 2003, 2007, and 2010
Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook®
IMAP / POP client
Administrative ability to disable IMAP / POP access  
Email delivery options      
Catch-all address
Learn more
Email routing
(user- and domain-level)
Learn more
Inbound gateway
Learn more
Outbound gateway
(for entire domain)
Learn more
Outbound relay server
(for alternative From: addresses)
Learn more
Receiving mail from multiple POP addresses
Mail Fetcher (user tool)