Important: If you're using G Suite legacy free edition for personal use, please go to this FAQ.

G Suite legacy free edition

Prior to December 6, 2012, Google offered a free edition of G Suite—also known as the legacy free edition of Google Apps—that had a reduced set of business features. As of December 6, 2012, Google stopped offering the free edition to new customers. The Terms of Service for the G Suite legacy free edition can be found here.

If you have the G Suite legacy free edition, you need to upgrade to a paid Google Workspace subscription to keep your services.* The G Suite legacy free edition will no longer be available starting May 1, 2022. Starting May 1, Google will seamlessly transition you to Google Workspace, which you can use at no cost until July 1, 2022.

We recommend you upgrade now to a Google Workspace subscription that meets your needs. Upgrading does not affect your data or service availability. Learn how to Upgrade from the G Suite legacy free edition.

If your needs have changed and you don’t want to upgrade to a Google Workspace subscription, you can use the Data Export tool to export your organization’s data. If you prefer not to upgrade and want to transfer most of your data to a no-cost option without premium Google Workspace features, learn about this option.

Learn more about the transition to Google Workspace.

* Qualifying educational institutions have the option to migrate to a free edition, Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals, without service disruption.

Unlock premium features with Google Workspace

By upgrading to Google Workspace, you'll unlock 24/7 support and access to other premium collaboration and security features, based on the edition you choose.

Business Starter

  • Double the storage—30 GB of Drive storage to securely keep over 100 different file types.
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee—Depend on Google Workspace services being available when you need them.
  • Increased security—Protect devices and data with fundamental endpoint management and audit logs.
  • Add-on subscriptions—Add more subscriptions, such as adding Google Voice to get a dedicated business phone number.

Business Standard

  • More storage—Get 2 TB per user of Drive storage to securely keep over 100 different file types.
  • Larger interactive meetings and enhanced meeting functionality—Up to 150 participants in Google Meet with Drive recordings, noise cancellation, polls, breakout rooms, and more.
  • Enhanced security and compliance controls—Better protect data and devices with fundamental endpoint management, fundamental data regions, and trusted external domains.
  • Organizational branding—Custom templates in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms and Sites
  • Enhanced collaboration—Advanced collaboration with guest access chat rooms, shared drives, document approvals, and visitor document sharing.

Enterprise Standard

  • More users—Add more than 300 users.
  • More storage—As much storage as you need to securely keep over 100 different file types.
  • Larger interactive meetings and advanced meeting functionality—Up to 500 participants in Google Meet with Drive recordings, noise cancellation, polls, Q&A, breakout rooms, attendance tracking, and live stream meetings within your domain.
  • Advanced security and compliance controls—Better protect your data, users, and devices with data loss prevention, enterprise endpoint management, data retention, and eDiscovery.
    • Data loss prevention—Help prevent sensitive data from being shared outside your organization.
    • Enterprise endpoint management—Control access based on user context, manage company owned devices, and more.
    • Data retention and eDiscovery—Retain, search, and export your data with Vault.
  • Enhanced support—Get accelerated response times, intelligent triaging, and support of third-party apps.

Choose your Google Workspace subscription

Google Workspace includes all core services available in the G Suite legacy free edition, such as Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Meet, and Chat. When choosing which Google Workspace edition to upgrade to, we recommend you consider these factors:

  • Number of users—Google Workspace Business editions can have up to 300 users. For more than 300 users, you'll need to upgrade to an Enterprise edition. If you have more than 20 users and need help identifying an upgrade path that best suits your needs, please contact Google Workspace Sales.
  • Features you currently use—Make sure you choose an edition that includes the features you rely on today.
  • Features you’d like to use in the future—Are there features you’d like to add that you aren’t using now?
  • Billing—If you self-upgrade to Google Workspace, you’ll receive your first invoice at the beginning of August 2022 for your July charges. Learn more at Understand Google Workspace bills and charges. If you work directly with a Google Sales representative to upgrade, your charges start immediately.

The tables below provide examples of premium features to help you choose the best option for your needs.

Known issue: Discover is not currently available for Business Starter or Business Standard. We're working on a fix to roll out in the coming weeks.

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Google Workspace for Education free and paid editions

If you are a qualifying educational institution, you can choose to remain a free customer by migrating to Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals. With this migration, you will incur no additional expenses and no disruption to your service. Education Fundamentals will remain free for qualifying educational institutions.

To take action: To upgrade your educational institution to Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals, please follow these instructions.

Google Workspace for nonprofits

You might be eligible to upgrade to a Nonprofits edition. If you're already using this edition at no cost, you can continue doing so without any change to your service.

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