About Classroom user accounts

Depending on  your learning setting, there are different types of accounts for Classroom.

School account

You get a school account from an accredited school using Google Workspace 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.

Note: Due to privacy laws, parents and guardians can't access Classroom or student assignments. They can get email summaries if the teacher allows it. For details, go to About guardian email summaries.

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.

When you use a personal account, you can't access the same Classroom features as other accounts,. With a personal account:

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

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.

Google Workspace account

Important: Children aged 13 and under should only use Classroom with a Google Workspace for Education or Workspace for Nonprofits account.

A Google Workspace account is typically used in large organizations that run Workspace Basic, Business, Google Workspace for Education Plus, or Workspace for Nonprofits. Your organization's admin creates and manages these accounts and gives you your email address and password. The account looks like you@yourcompany.com. For more details, go to Choose your Google Workspace 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 user accesses Classroom with: And the primary teacher accesses Classroom with: Can the user join the class?
  • Google Workspace for Education
  • Workspace for Nonprofits
  • Google Workspace for Education
  • Workspace for Nonprofits
Yes, if class settings in both organizations allow it.
  • Workspace Starter
  • Business Standard
  • Business Plus
  • Enterprise
  • Google Workspace Starter
  • Business Standard
  • Business Plus
  • Enterprise
Yes, if class settings in both organizations allow it.
  • Google Workspace for Education
  • Workspace for Nonprofits
  • Google Workspace Starter
  • Business Standard
  • Business Plus
  • Enterprise
  • A personal Google Account
No
  • Workspace Basic
  • Business Standard
  • Business Plus
  • Enterprise
  • Google Workspace for Education
  • Workspace for Nonprofits
  • A personal Google Account

No

Personal Google Account
  • Google Workspace for Education
  • Workspace Starter
  • Business Standard
  • Business Plus
  • Enterprise
Yes, if the Google Workspace organization allows it.
Personal Google Account Personal Google Account Yes
 

For more information, go to Control user access to Classroom

What are Drive storage limits for each account type?

Classroom works with Google Drive and Docs and other Workspace services.

Google Workspace storage is shared between Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. Learn how storage use is calculated.

The amount of storage for each user depends on your Google Workspace edition. Most Google Workspace editions have pooled storage. Pooled storage is indicated in the following tables as total storage or a storage amount times the number of End User licenses.

Google provides storage on an incremental basis up to the purchased eligible storage limit.

Google Workspace Edition or Subscription Storage Limits

G Suite Basic

No longer available for new customers

30 GB per End User

G Suite Business

G Suite Business - Archived Users

No longer available for new customers

Unlimited storage

1 TB per Archived User

Google Workspace Business Starter 30 GB times the number of End Users, including Archived Users
Google Workspace Business Standard 2 TB times the number of End Users, including Archived Users
Google Workspace Business Plus 5 TB times the number of End Users, including Archived Users
Google Workspace Enterprise Starter 1 TB times the number of End Users

Google Workspace Enterprise Standard

Google Workspace Enterprise Plus

5 TB times the number of End Users, including Archived Users

For customers with 5 or more End Users, more storage may be available at Google's discretion upon reasonable request. Learn how to request storage.

Google Workspace for Education

Google Workspace Edition or Subscription Storage Limits

Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals

Google Workspace for Education Standard

100 TB total for all End Users
Google Workspace for Education Teaching and Learning Upgrade Additional 100 GB times the number of End User licenses
Google Workspace for Education Plus Additional 20 GB times the number of End User licenses

For more information about storage for Google Workspace for Education storage, go to Understand storage availability and usage.

Google Workspace Essentials

Google Workspace Essentials editions do not include Gmail.

Google Workspace Edition or Subscription Storage Limits

Google Workspace Essentials Starter

15 GB per End User

Google Workspace Essentials

No longer available for new customers

100 GB times the number of End User, up to a maximum of 2 TB
Google Workspace Enterprise Essentials 1 TB times the number of End Users
Google Workspace Enterprise Essentials Plus 5 TB times the number of End Users

Google Workspace Frontline

Google Workspace Edition or Subscription Storage Limits

Google Workspace Frontline Starter

Google Workspace Frontline Standard

5 GB per End User*

*This storage limit applies to all End Users using a Google Workspace Frontline edition, even if the Customer purchased another Google Workspace offering with different storage limits.

Google Workspace for Nonprofits

Google Workspace Edition or Subscription Storage Limits

Google Workspace for Nonprofits

100 TB for all End Users

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

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