G Suite Essentials edition

Business features of Google Meet, Drive, and docs editors

If you own or manage a domain, you can get advanced  business features of G Suite Essentials. These include Google Meet for secure video meetings; Google Drive for cloud storage; Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for content creation; and administrative controls. With G Suite Essentials, you get many of the features of other editions of G Suite but without the cost of services you might not need, like Gmail and Calendar.

You can also buy G Suite Essentials through a Google Sales representative or local reseller.

Other options

Pricing

There are two offerings: G Suite Essentials, and G Suite Enterprise Essentials:

  • Free through September 30, 2020—This offer includes free access to Meet’s advanced features during this period, such as larger meetings with up to 250 participants and the ability to record meetings and save to Google Drive. You'll need to provide your payment information during sign-up, but won't be charged until this promotional period ends.

  • After the promotional period—G Suite Essentials is USD $10 per active user per month, with up to 2 TB of pooled cloud storage. G Suite Enterprise Essentials includes up to 25 TB of pooled storage; for per-user pricing, contact sales.

    For details about billing and storage limits, go to How G Suite Essentials billing works.

Use G Suite Essentials with your domain

Use G Suite Essentials with a team at your company, simply by signing up with your business email address. Then optionally unlock more features by verifying you own your domain. Here's how it works:

  1. Sign up with your business email address (email verified). You can then add other users who have email addresses in the same domain. For example, if your address ends in @yourbusiness.com, you can use G Suite Essentials with other people whose addresses end in @yourbusiness.com.

    Note: You can't sign up with an address at a public web host like gmail.com or yahoo.com. Instead, you must use a custom address, such as for a business or organization. 

  2. Optionally unlock more business features (domain verified). If you're the owner or IT admin for your organization's domain name, you can unlock more features, such as identity management, security controls, and auditing. You also take over management of any existing G Suite Essentials users in your organization. 

Compare key features below.

What you get when you verify your domain

The full suite of Google Meet and Drive features is available, depending on your G Suite Essentials edition and whether you've verified your domain.

Both G Suite Essentials editions

Feature Domain verified Email verified
Voice and video conferencing

Host and join video meeting from anywhere, with up to 150 participants. With G Suite Enterprise Essentials, meetings can include up to 250 participants. Learn more

Collaboration

Use shared drives to collaborate more easily within project teams or departments. Learn more

Files available any time, any place

Get to Drive files from any location on any computer or mobile device. Learn more

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Productivity suite

Easily create and co-edit files with Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms. Learn more

Robust audit logs

Monitor when your users view, create, preview, print, update, delete, download, or share Drive content. Learn more

 

G Suite Enterprise Essentials only

Feature Domain verified Email verified
Meeting recording

Record meetings and save them to Drive. Learn more

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Live streaming meetings (coming soon)

Live stream your meeting to up to 100,000 viewers in your domain. Learn more

Data loss prevention 

Scan files for sensitive content to prevent users from sharing it with people outside your organization. Learn more

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Google Vault 

Retain, hold, search, and export Drive files. Supports archiving, eDiscovery, and compliance. Learn more

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Security center

Advanced security information and analytics, and added visibility and control into security issues affecting your domain. Learn more

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Data regions

Create a policy to store your G Suite data in a specific geographic region. Learn more

 
Context-Aware Access

Create access policies for which apps a user can access based on their context, such as location, device security status, and IP address. Learn more

 
Advanced endpoint management

Make your organization's data more secure across your users' mobile devices, desktops, laptops, and other endpoints. Learn more

 

For a list of all G Suite Essentials features, see the G Suite Essentials site.

Identity management

G Suite Essentials can give you administrative control over user profiles across all your organization's domains.

Feature Domain verified Email verified
Add and remove users

Control who in your organization can use G Suite Essentials. Learn more

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Assign a super admin role

Give another user full administrative control over your organization's G Suite Essentials account. Learn more

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Assign custom admin roles

Give other users a specific set of admin controls, such as for a Help desk. Learn more

 ✔  
Manage user profiles

Reset Drive users' passwords, add photos, and update employee information. Learn more

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Manage security settings

Enforce password strength settings and 2-step verification.

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Add domains

Add other domains you own to your Admin console so users in those domains can use G Suite Essentials, too. Learn more

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Set up third-party single sign-on (SSO)

Set up single sign-on for managed Google accounts using third-party identity providers. Learn more

 

Bonus services

G Suite Essentials gives you the following services, too:

Service Domain verified Email verified
Directory

Admins and users can manage personal and global contacts. Learn more

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Groups / Groups for Business

Create admin-controlled groups and mailing lists. Host community forums or collaborative inboxes. Or let users create their own groups. Learn more 

 ✔  

Google Keep

Capture, share, and collaborate on your notes on any device, anywhere. Easily create task lists, action items, voice memos, and more. Learn more

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Upgrade access to G Suite

Easily upgrade to G Suite Enterprise edition to get Gmail and Calendar. Learn more 

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Usage-based billing

You pay only for active users in your organization for the previous month. Learn more

Storage limits

You also get pooled storage across your organization. Storage increases with each user that joins G Suite Essentials, up to a limit. Learn more

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