Earlier this year, Google announced some changes to its G Suite platform where those who were using it for free with a custom domain (non-gmail.com) would have to transition to a paid plan. The good news is that if you don’t plan on using it for business or if you’ve never used it for business purposes, it looks like you’ll be able to keep using it.
This is because Google has announced that for legacy users that were using its services for free previously now have an option to opt out of this paid transition, although they will have until the 27th of June to confirm their decision, otherwise their accounts will be suspended starting 1st August, 2022 until they add a paid subscription to it.
This change can be made via the account’s Admin Console, so if you were hoping to be able to keep using your account for free, you’ll want to make the changes ASAP to avoid any potential disruptions once the deadline has passed. According to Google:
“G Suite legacy free edition is only intended for personal non-commercial use. If you’re using G Suite legacy free edition for business purposes, we will transition your account to Google Workspace. G Suite legacy free edition does not include support, and in the future we may remove certain business functionality.”
Keep in mind that transitioning to this free edition tier does take away some of the previous benefits you enjoyed. This includes 24/7 support channels, for example, which might be an issue for those who were using it for business purposes, but if you were always using it for personal things, then maybe this won’t impact you too much.