Google will allow G Suite legacy free edition customers to keep using the service after all. Earlier this year, the company announced that G Suite legacy customers would soon need to switch to a paid Google Workspace subscription to keep using Gmail on other Google apps with a custom domain. However, it’s now possible to opt out.
To keep using G legacy free edition for personal use, customers will need to opt out of the transition to Google Workspace in the Google Admin Console. Otherwise, all accounts will be automatically upgraded to Google Workspace after June 27, 2022, and that transition will be at no cost until August 1, 2022.
“If you don’t take any action, your account will be suspended starting on August 1, 2022. To reactivate your account, you will either need to upgrade to Google Workspace or opt out of the transition for non-commercial use,” Google explained in a support page in a support page.
Google emphasized that customers who want to keep using G Suite legacy free edition can only do so for personal non-commercial use. For individuals and families who already made the transition from G Suite legacy free edition to a paid Google Workspace plan after January 19, 2022, it’s also still possible to backtrack by contacting Google Support.
While it’s good news that G Suite legacy free edition isn’t going away, the service may eventually lose some features. “G Suite legacy free edition does not include support, and in the future we may remove certain business functionality,” Google explained.