[Personal Accounts Can Opt-Out To Continue Using Legacy G Suite!] Goodbye To Google Legacy G Suite

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Update, 5/16: If you use your account for personal use, you can now opt out of the transition to Google Workspace from your admin account and continue using Legacy G Suite for free! You can read more here.

Google notes that businesses that opt out may still be removed from the Legacy program and transitioned to a paid plan.

Kudos to Google for allowing personal users to stay on, but it would be nice if they offered businesses an easier way to transition away from the service and still keep their app purchases and email archives. 

 


Update, 1/28: Google has added an FAQ with a survey form to fill out (the link is viewable from the FAQ if signed into a G Suite Legacy account) if you’re using G Suite Legacy for personal use with 10 or fewer user accounts.

“Upgrading to a Google Workspace subscription is a seamless transition for all customers currently on the G Suite legacy free edition. However, we understand some customers may not use their G Suite legacy free edition for business and may be interested in other options. If you have 10 or fewer users in your group and do not use your G Suite legacy free edition for business, please complete the form below by April 1, 2022 if you’re interested in learning about different options for your account in the coming months.”


Originally posted on 1/19:

I’ve had a free legacy Google Apps/G Suite account since 2006, allowing me to use Gmail for custom email addresses at my domain name.

Google discontinued the free version a decade ago, but allowed legacy users to keep their free accounts.

Alas, all good things come to an end. Effective on 7/1/22, Google will kill off the legacy version of G Suite and start charging monthly fees for Google Workspace. If you don’t enter billing details before 7/1, your account will be suspended.

Google Workspace paid plans can be found here. I guess it’s time to start cutting back from the dozens of free email addresses at my domain, as that will cost a small fortune starting in July.

Are you affected by this change? Will you pay for Google Workspace starting in July?

HT: stooges44, via DDF

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CyberCrawler

Have a few clients who will be affected by this.

Sholom

FYI, if you register your domain through google, you get free email forwarding.

Shlomie

Almost all registrars offer free email forwarding.

44

What’s the average price there going to charge

Sam

Ouch! If not upgrading I’ll lose my email address & Drive with all its info?

Yuda

No we’re not talking about regular gmail accounts

d

improvmx.com
— Free email forwarding
Set up email forwarding in seconds and start receiving and sending emails with your domain name. Absolutely free.

eliraps

What about noon profit accounts?

Hippo387

Only available at 12pm.

BP Resident

Nonprofits aren’t affected.

Juke

Um.. Last time I checked, you-
Helped people find deals …………………………… check.
Helped numerous organizations financially …….. check.
Created a free forum to enhance camraderie ….. check.
Provided a service to help travelers in need ……. check.
Helped promote healthy CC use and avoid debt .. check.
Never worked a day in your life …………………… check.

Sounds like a legit nonprofit to me.

JJ – time to classify DD as a 501(c)3 and get GApps for free.

Zalc

Regarding trimming accounts:
You can setup aliases for all these addresses, and be able to read them all from one inbox. You can also set up “send from” addresses for each alias.
You can even set each replay email to automatically reply from the addresses that an email was sent to.

Yossi

The free version has limitations on this. At least for me

Jona

Up to 30 aliases per user, unless that’s also changed.

yelped

Office 365 is $4/month/user for a “simple” Exchange plan and unlimited shared mailboxes for all your email addresses that don’t need to be logged into directly (there is a workaround that allows you to log in directly, if there is a need for that).

DL

Yeah, have had my name-domain since it started in 2006. It was too good to be true then, and I guess still is. I really want to think this breaks the “don’t be evil” rule, but I rode it for a looooong time.

etech0

If you want to have multiple addresses without paying for multiple email users, you can set up aliases in GSuite which are free and serve to forward emails sent to whichever user you want. Or Groups which can forward to multiple users and are also free.

The United States of they

What a choootspow

William

Exactly what I was thinking!

Yonah

I am looking into alternatives. At some point transferring and migrating years of e-mails will be easy. I think that any site that I am using ‘Google Login’ with my G-Suite account could easily be setup to just use my e-mail and password.

I think that the bigger problem is all of the Google Data I’ve created using my G-Suite Account:
– Sites Hosted with Google Sites
– Videos uploaded to Youtube
– Google Docs
– Google Voice

I wonder what happens to those?

For years, I remember having conversations with Google treating Google Apps users as second class citizens, where you couldn’t use your GApps for things like Family Sharing or to unlock all of the features of YouTubeTV.

This is going to be ugly, but I am not going from free to $360/year.

Matt

DO NOT UPGRADE. YOU WILL LOSE ACCESS TO GOOGLE VOICE AND YOUR NUMBER.

Y

Been a big fan on MXRoute for email plans, though their Black Friday yearly sales aren’t anywhere near what they used to be, but you can get a yearly plan and host as many domains and email addresses as you want, with just a storage limitation, though you need some technical skills to set things up initially, have a plan with them I mostly don’t use, but definitely a good bet for anyone who needs a place to migrate to…

2Life

Oh No!!!!
I’ve been using legacy for my business from the very beginning for my businesses.
This is terrible

wf

Your business can’t take a $360 yearly expense?

Martin

Were legacy accounts given free domain names without paying yearly fee or is this only for gmails email exchange

BP Resident

You pay about $15 a year for the domain. They take care of email and hosting.

BP Resident

How about self hosting? Linux guys any input?

R

Just remember that if you’ve purchased apps in the Play Store, if you do not convert to a Workplace subscription you will lose your purchases.
There is no ability to migrate purchases to another account.

BP Resident

Fake News

sim

FYI this is free for non-profits

Dave

Go Day did something similar this month. Of you had a catch all email address where any email to xxx@yourdomain.com sent to a forwarding address, you no longer have that option. I had to switch domain hosts to a place where you can still have a catch all in other to avoid this.

Sora

Do you mean Go Daddy?

RW

Switch to Office 365 and you can pay $2 per month for all this +

fa

does google even have a customer service just in case something crazy happens and you need to reach them

BP Resident

With a paid subscription

Allen

Leaning towards getting 1 account @$6/month and using aliases.

Since Google pulled a similar thing (although not as problematic) with Google photos about 7 months ago, thinking about get 1 account @12/month so also get 2TB for storage and Photos.

Need to figure out migration of about 100,000+ images, including the tagging of several hundred people.

At least “for life” in the Torah gives you 50 years till Yovel

Jon Wellman

My whole family and I have been on this for many years. I can’t afford $24+ per month just for email and calendars. This is awful.

Rivka @ Flyhost.me

If you get a Cpanel based web hosting account, you can get free email accounts with your domain name.

Phil Jones

This sucks. This is the first I’ve heard about this. I presently host through Dreamhost, I wonder if I can ‘move’ my email addresses to them? I have about 10 email addresses associated w/ my domain/company.

Thanks in advance for input/suggestions.

BP Resident

Reach out to dreamhost and let us know.

dig

Indeed this is bad news. For anyone needing to migrate their mail to local storage or to a new account check out the free version Mailstor for home use. I’ve had great success with it…
https://www.mailstore.com/en/products/mailstore-home/

Work-for-ur-muny

מענין לענין באותו ענין
Google Voice legacy site is also being discontinued pretty soon. We’ll be losing some functionality, especially of the kind that helped with some “workarounds”.

GM

Wow. This is bad news indeed and even worse with a grandfathered Google Voice number.

Any suggestions for a (preferably free) replacement phone service that includes texting through a browser like Google Voice?

Gedman

I have a CPanel based webhosting service. For under $100 per year and I get unlimited email accounts, unlimited bandwidth and “more than I could ever need” disk space on their server.

BP Resident

Which company?

Mark

IIRC, you can still keep all the email addresses as an alias under one email address. Like this you are only paying for one account and still get to keep all email addresses.
You can set up filters and labels to keep the emails separate. I think that you can also set up “send mail as” for these email addresses and still pay for only one account

avagyan

Class Action Something?
If you use it for personal for less than 10 accounts there is hope though…

Danny

“I guess it’s time to start cutting back from the dozens of free email addresses at my domain, as that will cost a small fortune starting in July.”

You can set up unlimited free Aliass on one email address. All the emails will go into one inbox but they will be treated as seperate emails for other systems

Sam

Yes, I added payment info for my 2 legacy accounts.

It’s good to know for people that don’t know, you can have many domains in same Workspace account.

BP Resident

I won’t pay these rates. I may consolidate some emails address using aliases and inbox rules. I would look for a provider that gives me five to ten accounts for a minimal yearly fee or includes it in a domain registration. I may reach out to my internet provider optimum to find out what they offer.

s

Yandex still has custom domain email free. Not sure if it would be a good option for you because I think their HQ is in Russia. Spam filtering is a bit overly aggressive. Outgoing deliverability seems fine if you have SPF settings input correctly.

dan

This comment didnt age well…

Nathan

I saw a note about that a few days ago but it wasn’t available to select yet. I guess now I can pause transitioning everything. Wish they would have mentioned it before I moved out my Google Fi account with a $150 credit they assured would move over but didn’t.

Ben

Onmail is a great alternative

Part Time CPA

Ben, onmail.com costs $4.99 a month. I think (didn’t try) https://www.zoho.com/ for $12 Year maybe a better deal.
https://www.zoho.com/mail/

Joe

Now they tell us, after they said May 1st was the deadline… Too late for my friends and family. What a headache!

Joe

All is not lost if you already signed up for the paid service but used the service for personal use:

“If you transitioned to Google Workspace after January 19, 2022 and used G Suite legacy free edition for personal use, you can contact Support.”

Mark

Any info on how I can add another domain name to my current account, or If I can switch the domain name to a differetn one?

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