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What data is covered by a data region policy?

Enterprise data regions is included with Enterprise Plus, Education Standard, and Education Plus. Fundamental data regions is included with Frontline Starter and Frontline Standard, Business Standard and Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Essentials and Enterprise Essentials Plus.

As an administrator, you can choose to store your covered data in a specific geographic location (the United States or Europe) by using a data region policy.   

Which services and data are covered by a data region policy?

Primary data

Data region policies cover the primary data-at-rest (including backups) for these Google Workspace core services:

Google Workspace service Covered data

For the list of data that is covered, go to What data is stored in the EU region?

The AppSheet account requirements and steps to enable AppSheet data regions are different from those described in this section. For more information, go to Manage AppSheet data residency.

Calendar Event titles, descriptions, dates, times, frequencies, invitees, locations
Drive All content uploaded to Drive—including the text, embedded images, embedded drawings, and associated user-generated comments
Forms Text, embedded images, responses, and draft responses
Gmail Subjects, bodies, attachments, senders, message recipients
Google Docs, Sheets, Slides Text, embedded images, embedded drawings, and associated user-generated comments
Google Chat Messages, attachments
Google Keep Note text and title, images, drawings and audio recordings
Google Meet Meet recordings, including chats (.SBV files), in Drive. Other covered data includes attendance reports, polling results, transcripts, questions, the submitter of question, and Jamboard.
New Sites Text, embedded images, embedded site information, embedded HTML/CSS/Javascript
Vault Exports


Google Workspace maintains backups of primary data for disaster recovery and business continuity. In rare cases, Google Workspace uses backups to restore data and maintain high reliability.

These backups aren’t available to restore data upon customer request. Backups expire (are overwritten) on defined timelines.


Many Google Workspace core services construct user indices based on information in their accounts, similar to an index in a library, which lists information about all the books the library has available. This index is used to serve user search queries in those Google Workspace core services. User indices covered by data region policies include:

  • Gmail
  • Calendar
  • Drive (U.S. data region only)
  • Docs, Sheets, and Slides (U.S. data region only)

Which regions can I select?

Region options include No preference, United States, or Europe. For more information, discover our data center locations.

To set a data region, go to Choose a geographic location for your data.

What about other services and data types?

At this time, data region policies can’t be applied to customer data or data types not specifically stated above (such as logs or cached content).

Data region policies aren’t available with any editions or services not explicitly stated earlier.

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