Google Apps Free Edition

As of December 6, 2012, Google no longer offers new accounts for the free edition of Google Apps. Google Apps free edition is sometimes referred to as "Standard Edition."

If you already have the free edition, you can continue to use it for free. This change has no impact on existing users of the free edition.

Please see the Google Enterprise Blog for additional details.

FAQ

For more information about this change, take a look at these scenarios and find the one that applies to you:

For existing customers

I have the free edition of Google Apps.

No action is necessary. If you want to add more than 10 users, you must upgrade to Google Apps for Business.

If you upgrade to the Business edition from the free edition, you have the option to downgrade to the free edition while you are in the 30-day trial.

If you upgrade to Business edition from the free edition, go through the 30-day trial, and start the paid subscription, you no longer have the option to downgrade.

I have a Google Apps for Business account. I am not in the 30-day free trial period.

No action is necessary if you want to continue using Google Apps for Business.

An email was sent to all customers on December 7, 2012, about these changes. All customers with Google Apps for Business accounts had the option to downgrade to the free edition until January 9, 2013.

I am a nonprofit or education customer.

No action is necessary. If you have a free Nonprofit or Education account, you can continue to use it for free.

Google Apps for Nonprofits is available only in the U.S. at this time.

For customers in the Google Apps for Business free-trial period

I started the trial on or after December 6, 2012.

You cannot downgrade to the free edition, but you have the option to purchase the product or to cancel your account.

For new customers

I want to try Google Apps for Business. I will sign up on or after December 6, 2012.

Please give it a try by starting the signup process.

Your business will have the full functionality of Google Apps for Business for a free 30-day trial period.

At the end of the trial period, you can set up payment or cancel your account.

I want to try Google Apps for Nonprofits.

Please give it a try by starting the signup process.

Before December 6, 2012, the Nonprofit signup process required using the free edition. Because new accounts of the free edition are no longer available, the process has changed. Learn more.

I want to try Google Apps for Education.

Please give it a try by starting the signup process.

Before December 6, 2012, the Education signup process required using the free edition. Because new accounts of the free edition are not longer available, the process has changed. Learn more.

What are the differences between the free edition and Google Apps for Business?

We believe that businesses of any size will benefit from Google Apps for Business.

Benefits
  Google Apps free edition Google Apps for Business
Maximum number of users 10 Unlimited
Storage per user for Google Drive, Gmail, and Picasa Web Albums 15 GB 30 GB
24/7 customer support No Yes
99.9% guaranteed uptime No Yes
Option to disable Gmail ads for users
in your domain
No Yes
Mobile Device Management -
a way for administrators to enforce mobile device policies from the Admin console
No Yes

Down the line, if your business needs archiving services, you can add Google Apps Vault, which has email archiving and ediscovery features. Vault is available only with Google Apps for Business.

For more information about the differences between Google Apps editions, go to the Google Apps Help Center.

How much is Google Apps for Business?

For more information about the cost of Google Apps for Business, please see Google's pricing page.

I just want a free email product for my business. Is there a free option available for email?

Yes. You could consider using Gmail. However, with Gmail, you do not get email addresses with a custom domain. Your email addresses will be username@gmail.com instead of username@your-business.com.

The Business edition gives you administrative control of your domain and company data, as well as the benefits we mentioned above.