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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 the 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 has no effect on existing customers of the Free service.

Upgrade to G Suite Basic

If you're currently using the legacy Free edition, but would like to get additional business features, such as 24/7 support, upgrade to G Suite Basic. You can try G Suite Basic for free for 14 days. Then, set up billing to continue using the additional features, or downgrade back to the Free edition.

Once you've upgraded to G Suite Basic, you can get unlimited storage, email archiving, and other advanced features with G Suite Business. Compare features below.

Features in the Free edition

Basic services and features
  • Messaging: Gmail, Calendar, Contacts
  • Storage and collaboration: Drive, Docs, Hangouts
  • Other Google services: Blogger, YouTube, and more
Usage and support
Email usage
  • Email storage (shared with documents and photos): 15 GB
  • Attachment size limit: 25 MB
  • Maximum recipients per message: 500
  • Maximum recipients/day per user (outside your domain): 500
Addresses and mailing lists Your company brand
Security and business controls Email security and business controls
  • Junk email filtering and virus blocking
  • Gmail ads turned off
Contacts, lists, and groups
Access options
Migration services
Other email delivery options

Schools, nonprofits, and government agencies—You may be eligible to use G Suite Basic features for free by upgrading to G Suite 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 such as 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.

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