About Classroom user accounts

Depending on  your learning setting, there are different types of accounts you can use with Classroom.

School account

You get a school account from an accredited school using G Suite for Education. Your school's IT administrator creates and manages these accounts and gives you your email and password. The account looks like you@yourschool.edu. If you use Classroom in a school and want to access Classroom from home, use your school account to sign in. To learn how to get G Suite for Education for your school, go to Get started with G Suite for Education.

Personal Google Account

A personal Google Account is one that you create. You're likely to use it with Classroom outside of a school setting, such as a tutoring center or homeschool. It might look like you@gmail.com.

These accounts can't access the same Classroom features as other accounts. With a personal Google Account:

  • Children who have an account managed by a parent can't create or teach classes.
  • Students can't email classmates.
  • Teachers can't invite guardians to sign up for email summaries.

Each country has its own minimum age requirement for creating a Google Account. Children who don't meet the minimum age requirements can have an adult create an account.

G Suite account

Important: Children 13 and under should only use Classroom with a G Suite for Education or Nonprofit account.

A G Suite account is typically used in large organizations that run G Suite Basic, Business, Enterprise, or G Suite for Nonprofits. Your organization's admin creates and manages these accounts and gives you your email and password. The account looks like you@yourcompany.com. For more details, go to Choose your G Suite edition.

Classroom accounts FAQ

Can I join classes created by other account types?

If your organization's admin and account type allows it, you might be able to join classes created by users with different account types.
If a student uses Classroom with... And the primary teacher uses Classroom with... Can the student join the class?
G Suite for Education or Nonprofits G Suite for Education or Nonprofits Yes, if class settings in both organizations allow it.
G Suite Basic, Business, or Enterprise G Suite Basic, Business, or Enterprise Yes, if class settings in both organizations allow it.
G Suite for Education or Nonprofits G Suite Basic, Business, Enterprise, or a personal Google Account No
G Suite Basic, Business, or Enterprise G Suite for Education or Nonprofits, or a personal Google Account No
Personal Google Account G Suite Basic, Business, Education, or Enterprise Yes, if the G Suite organization allows it.
Personal Google Account Personal Google Account Yes

If you're a G Suite administrator and would like more information, go to Control user access to Classroom.

What are Drive storage limits for each account type?

Classroom works with Google Drive, Docs, and other G Suite services to help teachers create and collect assignments.

Drive storage is shared between Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. The amount of free storage for each user depends on the type of your account:

  • G Suite Basic
30 GB
  • G Suite Business
  • G Suite for Education
  • G Suite Enterprise
  • G Suite Enterprise for Education
Unlimited storage
(1 TB if 4 or fewer users)
  • Legacy free edition of G Suite
  • Individual personal accounts
15 GB
  • G Suite Essentials

No free storage quotas
Pooled storage limits

You can increase your Drive storage limit. For details, go to Options for adding Drive storage

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