Google is ending Free Legacy G Suite. Now it looks as if Google would be pulling the plug on the free version of G Suite. The company has finally given an announcement of the legacy free edition plan will be unavailable starting from May 1, 2022, at one-point free for users, Would get transitioned to Google workspace and would be allowed to keep making use of the service without having to pay for it for another two months (until July 1, 2022).
After that, Google would likely fully retire the G suite and continue offering Google Workspace for paying users.
Google is ending Free Legacy G Suite
In a support post, Google stated that all their existing users would be required to upgrade to Google Workspace in order for them to keep their accounts and their services. The company is offering the free edition G suite users a lot of time to make the swap as of December 6, 2012, the company no longer accepted new customers and are officially switched focus to its subscription-based service.
However, users that are already in possession of a G Suite account at the time we’re able to continue making use of the limited scope of services that it has been offering for another decade entirely free.
Users that chose to upgrade starting from May 1st, 2022 would be allowed to make use of their new subscription without having to pay any fee up until the 1st of July, 2022. Once you switch to Google workspace, there is no going back: Google would be taking down the G Suite’s free edition entirely.
How to Switch to Paid Google Workspace Service
Google stated that they would be making the swap between the free legacy edition of G Suite and Google Workspace should remain seamless and would not affect the users.
If you choose not to use the upgrade, Google would still automatically transition your G suite account and get you prepared for a subscription plan that corresponds with the features that you are making use of at the moment. Even then, you would not have to pay Google for the said services up until the 1 of July 2022.
In order to keep your new, google Workspace services, you would be required to have set up Google Workspace billing right before the 1st of July 2022 deadline that was set by Google. Google would suspend all workspace accounts that do not offer a valid billing option right before the deadline. What this means is losing access to all the services provided by the workspace. Fortunately, users that do not wish to upgrade can choose to export their data with Google’s Data export tool.
Google Workspace Plans
Google Workspace has about three plans for users to select from business starter ($6/month per user,) Business standard ($12/month per user,) and business plus ($18/month per user.) In order to stop making use of G Suite and upgrade to workspace, head over to Google’s website to complete the transition.