Upgrade from G Suite legacy free edition

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If you have the G Suite legacy free edition, you can upgrade to a paid Google Workspace subscription.

Upgrade to Google Workspace by June 27, 2022

For businesses, the G Suite legacy free edition will no longer be available starting June 27, 2022. We recommend you upgrade now to a Google Workspace subscription that meets your needs to begin using your new security and collaboration functionality at no cost through August 1, 2022. Select the Flexible payment plan when you upgrade to a Business edition and billing won't start until at least August 1, 2022.

If you wait, your account will be automatically transitioned to Google Workspace after June 27, 2022. To complete your upgrade and avoid account suspension, you'll need to set up Google Workspace billing before August 1, 2022.

If you don’t upgrade to a Google Workspace subscription but remain an active user, you will not lose access to additional Google services or paid content you purchased with your legacy edition account (such as movies purchased in the Google Play Store).

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What if I use G Suite legacy free edition for personal use?

If you’re using the G Suite legacy free edition for non-commercial purposes, you can opt out of the transition to Google Workspace by clicking here (requires a super administrator account) or going to the Google Admin console. You can continue using your custom domain(s) with Gmail, retain access to no-cost Google services such as Google Drive and Google Meet, and keep your purchases and data.

If you don’t take any action, your account will be suspended starting on August 1, 2022. To reactivate your account, you will either need to upgrade to Google Workspace or opt out of the transition for non-commercial use.

G Suite legacy free edition is only intended for personal non-commercial use. If you’re using G Suite legacy free edition for business purposes, we will transition your account to Google Workspace. G Suite legacy free edition does not include support, and in the future we may remove certain business functionality.

If you transitioned to Google Workspace after January 19, 2022 and used G Suite legacy free edition for personal use, you can contact Support.

Upgrade to Google Workspace

When you upgrade in the Admin console, you immediately switch to a paid Google Workspace subscription. If you select a Business edition and the Flexible payment plan, billing won't start until at least August 1, 2022.

Not sure which subscription to choose? Go to Choose your Google Workspace subscription.

Upgrade to a paid subscription of Google Workspace

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. On the Admin console Home page, go to Billingand thenGet more services.
  3. At the edition you want, click Switch.
  4. Review the impact this change will haveand thenclick Get started.
  5. Select a payment plan:
    • Flexible Plan—No long-term commitment, pay for the users you have each month, and add or remove users as needed.
      Note: If you select this plan and a Google Workspace Business edition, billing won't start until at least August 1, 2022. Billing grace period does not apply to Enterprise editions.
    • Annual Plan (Monthly Payment)—Requires a 1-year contract, pay monthly for users committed upfront, and add users as needed. You can increase the number of users in the users needed field. If you select this plan, billing starts immediately.
  6. Click Checkout.
  7. Enter your billing informationand thenclick Place Order.

Legacy free edition transition questions

Below are some common questions about transitioning from the G Suite legacy free edition.

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How does the transition affect my current G Suite legacy free subscription?

For business, your current G Suite legacy free subscription and related services will continue to function as they do today, until you self-upgrade or we upgrade you automatically to Google Workspace starting June 27, 2022.

We recommend you upgrade now to a Google Workspace subscription that meets your needs and begin using your new security and collaboration functionality at no cost through August 1, 2022. Upgrading does not affect your data or service availability. If you prefer, we will upgrade you automatically and seamlessly after June 27, 2022. To complete the upgrade and prevent your subscription from being suspended, you need to enter your billing information before August 1, 2022.

For individuals and families using your account for non-commercial purposes, you can opt out of the transition to Google Workspace by clicking here (requires a super administrator account) or going to the Google Admin console.

If you don’t take any action, your account will be suspended starting on August 1, 2022. To reactivate your account, you will either need to upgrade to Google Workspace or contact Support to identify as a non-business user.

Can I keep my G Suite legacy free subscription?

For individuals and families using your account for non-commercial purposes, you can opt out of the transition to Google Workspace by clicking here (requires a super administrator account) or going to the Google Admin console.

For businesses, you must upgrade to a Google Workspace subscription. We recommend you upgrade now to a Google Workspace edition that meets your needs. If you choose not to upgrade by June 27, 2022, we will automatically upgrade your organization to a recommended subscription.​

Upgrading only takes a few short steps and it’s not disruptive to end users. To help ease the transition, we’re offering deep, region-based discounts on Google Workspace Business editions starting at 50% for the first twelve months after August 1, 2022. To view your discounts, please sign in to your Admin console. If you select a Google Workspace Business edition and the Flexible payment plan, billing won't start until at least August 1, 2022. Discounts and the billing grace period do not apply to Enterprise editions.

Can I transfer my data out of Google?

If you want to move your data, your administrator can export your organization’s data and cancel your legacy subscription. If you want to retrieve data from additional Google services, you can export your data (including Google Workspace and additional Google services) with Google Takeout at takeout.google.com. The administrator will need to have Google Takeout enabled.

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If the administrator is not available, can a user become an admin?

Yes. Current users can ask to become an administrator on the account by completing this form. Users will be required to verify domain ownership by adding a TXT record or CNAME record to their domain host (typically where your domain name was purchased). If you’re not sure who your domain host is, go to Identify your domain host.

If the domain registration verification is successful and none of the existing administrators object, the user will be promoted to the super administrator role.

Who is my administrator? Your administrator is the person who originally signed you up for the G Suite free edition account.

What happens to the Drive storage I purchased when I switch to Google Workspace?

You will not lose any previously purchased or promotional storage, and your data will not be affected when upgrading. Your new storage limits depend on which Google Workspace edition you upgrade to:

  • Business Starter–You will automatically get 30 GB of storage per user as part of your upgrade. Any individually purchased storage subscription will automatically be applied to the user that purchased the storage, and their data will not be affected. Note that even though the storage is available, the amount of purchased storage might not be reflected accurately in photos.google.com or drive.google.com.
  • Business Standard–You will automatically get 2 TB per user added to pooled storage.
  • Business Plus–You will automatically get 5 TB per user added to pooled storage.

The Business Standard and Business Plus storage limits are larger than any promotional or purchased storage so you may no longer need the additional storage. You can cancel your additional purchased storage at pay.google.com/gp/w/home/subscriptionsandservices.

What happens to my Google Voice account when I switch to Google Workspace?

If you’re using Google Voice, you won’t lose any existing Voice data when you switch to Google Workspace. Your existing configuration settings and linked phone numbers will also stay the same. After you transition to Google Workspace, the administrator will need to set up Voice with Google Workspace for your organization before users can sign up for new Voice accounts. Learn more about how to Set up Voice for your organization.

After I upgraded I lost my Discover feed. How can I get it back?

If you stopped getting your Discover feed after you updated to Google Workspace, your administrator needs to follow the instructions in Turn Search and Assistant on or off for users.

If your mobile device is managed by your organization, your administrator also needs to:

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Devices.
  3. On the left, click Mobile & endpointsand thenSettingsand thenUniversal settings.
  4. Click Data Accessand thenGoogle Assistant.
  5. Check the box for Allow Google Assistant for iOS and Android.
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