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Google Apps Free edition (legacy)

Prior to December 6, 2012, Google offered a free edition of Google Apps—also known as the Standard edition—that had a reduced set of business features. As of December 6, 2012, Google stopped offering Free edition to new customers. If you already had the Free edition, you can continue using it for free. Or to receive the full set of business features, you can upgrade your account. See below for your options.

Existing Free edition customers can:

Keep using reduced business features for free

If you signed up for Google Apps before December 6, 2012 and have been using the Free edition of Google Apps since that time, you can continue your service for free, without any change in service. The fact that we discontinued the Free edition for new customers had no effect on existing customers of the Free service.

Upgrade to Google Apps for Work

If you're currently using the legacy Free edition but would like to get additional business features like 24/7 support, upgrade to Google Apps for Work. You can try Google Apps for Work for free for 30 days. Then, either set up billing to continue using the additional features, or downgrade back to the Free edition.

Once you've upgraded to Google Apps for Work, you can get unlimited storage, email archiving, and other advanced features with Google Apps Unlimited. Compare features below.


Benefits / cost of upgrading

Upgrading from the Free edition to Google Apps for Work costs only a few dollars a month per user. For an additional cost per user, you can upgrade from Google Apps for Work to Google Apps Unlimited and get the additional features listed below. See pricing

  Free edition Apps for Work Apps Unlimited
Maximum number of users 10 Unlimited Unlimited
Email, document, image storage per user 15 GB 30 GB Unlimited*
24/7 customer support X
99.9% guaranteed uptime X
Option to disable Gmail ads X
Ability to use Microsoft Outlook® X
Mobile device management X
Email and document search, email retention: Vault X X**  
Advanced Drive auditing and reports X X
Advanced Drive administrator controls X X
Data-loss prevention X X
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* Google Apps Unlimited accounts with 4 or fewer users get 1 TB per user.
** Google Vault is available with Google Apps for Work as a paid add-on.

After upgrading, don't let your trial expire before either setting up billing or downgrading back to the legacy Free version of Google Apps. Otherwise your account will be suspended. If you simply let your trial expire, you'll also no longer have access to the Free version.

Schools, nonprofits, and government agencies: You may be eligible to use Google Apps Business features for free by upgrading to Google Apps for Education, Government, or Nonprofits. If you're already using one of these editions for free, you can continue doing so without any change to your service. Learn about special editions.

Is there another way to get free email for my business? Yes, you can use Gmail with a consumer Google account. However, you won't get a custom email address like you@yourcompany.com but will instead have the address you@gmail.com. You also won't have any administrative control over your organization's email use.

Want to cancel your account? If you're no longer using Google Apps, you can delete your account and remove all your data from Google servers. For details, see Delete your domain's Google account.

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