Enable API access in the Admin console

This "API Reference" setting is being deprecated 

Starting on November 4, 2019, we're deprecating the API Reference setting. To improve security, only the Admin API permission in the Admin console will control API access to G Suite Admin APIs.

What changes with the deprecation?

You need to take action only if your settings are currently: 

API Reference is disabled
Location: Security > API Reference
Admin API access is enabled
Location: Security > Admin API permissions
API Reference setting turned off Admin API setting enabled


 Beginning on November 4, 2019: If you have API Reference disabled, we'll automatically switch your Admin API access to Disable. As a result, your users won't be able to sign in to certain apps until you grant API access to the apps. Users will receive the alert, "Access to your account data is restricted by policies... "  (or your customized message). 

Steps to take before November 4, 2019

  1. Review your Admin API settings and the apps that request G Suite Admin API access. Learn how

  2. Add apps as Trusted apps, which can access the Admin API and grant OAuth tokens to users. Learn how

Enable API access 

As your organization's administrator, you have access to the Admin SDK—a collection of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). With these APIs, you can build customized administrative tools for your Google products. Before you can use the Admin SDK, you need to enable API access in the Google Admin console. 

You must be signed in as a super administrator for this task.

Sign in to your Google Admin console.

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

  1. From the Admin console Home page, go to Securityand thenAPI reference.

    To see Security on the Home page, you might have to click More controls at the bottom.

  2. Make sure the Enable API access box is checked.
  3. At the bottom, click Save.
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