Essentials editions

Google Meet, Drive, and other collaboration tools for your domain

If you own or manage a domain, you can subscribe to Google Workspace Enterprise Essentials edition to get these key features for your organization:

  • Google Meet for secure video meetings
  • Google Chat for efficient group and direct messaging
  • Google Drive for cloud storage
  • Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for content creation
  • Google Tasks for tracking your tasks on your computer or phone
  • Google Calendar for easy scheduling of video meetings and other events, reminders, and calendar sharing
  • Pooled cloud storage for all users in your organization 
  • Administrative controls for creating sharing policies

In addition, you can get account (identity) management features, such as the ability to create user accounts and manage user profiles, and advanced security features, such as admin-managed 2-step verification and password monitoring and enforcement. With Essentials for your domain, you get many of the features of other editions of Google Workspace but without the cost of services you might not need, like Gmail.

To get Enterprise Essentials, simply sign up for Essentials Starter edition, and then upgrade to Enterprise Essentials using your Admin console.

You can also buy Enterprise Essentials edition through a Google Sales representative or local reseller.

Other options

Use Essentials with your domain

Use Google Workspace Essentials Starter at no cost with a team of up to 25 users at your company​​​​​, simply by signing up with your business email address. Then optionally get more features by upgrading to Enterprise Essentials and verifying you own your domain. Here's how it works:

  1. Sign up with your business email address (email verified). You can then add up to 24 other users who have email addresses in the same domain. For example, if your address ends in @yourbusiness.com, you can use 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. Upgrade to Enterprise Essentials (email verified). By upgrading, you get additional, pooled storage; advanced features for Google services, such as shared team drives and longer video meetings; and policy controls for features such as document sharing. You also get 24/7 access to Google Workspace support.

    Note: You can also buy Enterprise Essentials edition through a Google Sales representative or local reseller.

  3. Optionally get more business features (domain verified). If you're the owner or IT admin for your organization's domain name, you can verify domain ownership after upgrading to Enterprise Essentials to get account (identity) management features, such as the ability to create user accounts and manage user profiles; additional security features, such as admin-managed 2-step verification and password monitoring and enforcement; and data retention and eDiscovery with Google Vault. You also take over management of any existing Essentials users in your organization.

Billing

If you have a Enterprise Essentials edition, you can choose between a Flexible or Annual billing plan. Learn more 

If you have Essentials edition, you get usage-based billing. You pay only for active users in your organization for the previous month. Learn more

Storage limits

If you have a paid edition of Essentials, you also get pooled storage across your organization. Storage increases with each user that joins Essentials.

If you have Essentials edition, there's a limit to storage increases. Learn more

Compare Essentials editions

To find out your edition, go to What's my subscription and payment plan?

Essentials editions are designed to provide seamless integration with your existing email solution. Use these tables to see exactly which features are included with the following editions:

  • Essentials Starter—Collaboration and video conferencing at no cost for teams of up to 25 users.
  • Essentials—Collaboration and video conferencing, additional security features, pooled storage, and policy controls. Essentials edition is no longer available for new customers.
  • Enterprise Essentials—Collaboration and video conferencing with more participants and advanced features, more pooled storage, and enterprise-grade security and management.

Compare instead: Business editions (1-300 users) | Enterprise editionsEducation editions

General Service details

Core and additional services

Identity management

Usage and support

User access options

Security and data protection

Migration products

Reports and audit logs

3rd-party app integration

Device management

Other admin features

Drive and Docs editors

Groups / Groups for Business

Google Meet

Google Chat

Calendar

Core and additional services

Compare instead: Business editions (1-300 users)Enterprise editionsEducation editions

  Essentials Starter Essentials** Enterprise Essentials
Drive storage and Docs editors
Video conferencing with Meet
Chat and chat spaces
Digital whiteboarding with Jamboard
Tasks
Calendar
Directory management   ✔
Sites
Notetaking with Keep
Groups for Business   *  ✔*
Additional Google services (admin managed)   *  ✔*
Google Vault for eDiscovery and information governance     *
Google Cloud Search for internal search and assist
 

 

 

Only Google services

* Requires verifying your domain
** Essentials edition is no longer available for new customers

Note: If your organization has Essentials Starter edition or an email-verified account for Essentials edition or Enterprise Essentials edition, users can access additional services, which aren't admin managed, such as Google Groups, Photos, and YouTube.

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Identity management

  Essentials Starter Essentials** Enterprise Essentials
Add or remove existing user accounts
Create and delete user accounts   * *
Assign a super admin role
Assign custom admin roles   * *
Manage user profiles   * *

* Requires verifying your domain
** Essentials edition is no longer available for new customers

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Migration products

Compare instead: Business editions (1-300 users)Enterprise editionsEducation editions

  Essentials Starter Essentials** Enterprise Essentials
Migrate calendars, contacts, files (many tools)  
Migrate from Exchange  
Migrate from Outlook  
Migrate from HCL Notes  
Have users migrate their data  

** Essentials edition is no longer available for new customers

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Other admin features

  Essentials Starter Essentials** Enterprise Essentials
Admin SDK (APIs to manage users and services, create reports, and more)    ✔* ✔*
Upgrade directly to a Google Workspace Business or Enterprise edition with Gmail   ✔* ✔*

* Requires verifying your domain
** Essentials edition is no longer available for new customers

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Google Meet

Compare instead: Business editions (1-300 users)Enterprise editions | Education editions                           

  Essentials Starter Essentials** Enterprise Essentials
Maximum meeting length 60 minutes 24 hours 24 hours
Maximum number of participants per meeting 100 100 150
External participants
Secure meetings
Presentations and screen sharing
App for Android and iOS
Digital whiteboard
Add Meet video to Microsoft Outlook
Works with Meet room hardware
Dial in (U.S. & international numbers)*  
Record meetings & save them to Drive  
Breakout rooms  
Polls  
Q&A  
Track attendance (requires 5 or more attendees)  
Add co-hosts to meetings  
Hand raising    
Noise cancellation    

Powered by Google Voice
** Essentials edition is no longer available for new customers

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Google Chat

Compare instead: Business editions (1-300 users)Enterprise editionsEducation editions

  Essentials Starter Essentials** Enterprise Essentials
Chat limit 10 K No limit No limit
Set spaces history option for users
Turn chat history on or off    
Automatically accept chat invitations  
Allow or restrict external chat  
Allow or restrict Chat apps  
Turn external spaces on or off  
Use discoverable spaces   * *

* Requires verifying your domain
** Essentials edition is no longer available for new customers

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