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 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.

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.

G Suite account

Important: Children aged 13 and under should only use Classroom with a G Suite for Education or Nonprofits 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 address 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, or 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 for Education or G Suite Basic, Business, 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 and Docs and other G Suite services.

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

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