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Shutting down of consumer version of Google +


Changes in G+

- Communities outside your domain without at least one G Suite owner will be deleted. Also, your users will no longer be able to create public communities outside your domain.
- Google+ pages, events, and the Google+ profile field for “tagline” will be deleted for both G Suite and consumer users.
- Previously, upon G Suite customer cancellation, certain customers (e.g., edu customers) could continue to use Google+. Going forward, upon cancellation of G Suite, all G Suite customers’ content will be flagged for deletion.
- Content from consumer Google+ accounts will be deleted. Consumer users will also be removed from your circles and communities.
- For additional changes to Google+ features such as collections, circles, search, vanity URLs, and commenting in Blogger and other sites, see the Help Center article.


Action to be performed by the users

- A new version of the Google+ Android app will be released on February 22, 2019. Your G Suite Android users will need to update the Google+ Android app before March 7, 2019 to continue using Google+ on their mobile devices. Old versions of the app will no longer be supported.

- If your users own or moderate a community outside your domain and there are consumer contributions that they would like to keep, they should download and save them before April 2019. If they download the data now, they will get links to community posts. Starting early March 2019, they will also be able to download the author, body, and photos for every community post in a public community.


- Google+ pages and events will be deleted for both G Suite and consumer users if there is content your users would like to keep, they should download and save it before April 2019. If they would like to keep their Google+ tagline, please have them download and save their Profile data.

- Google+ gadgets in classic Google Sites will no longer work starting March 7, 2019, so you and your users may want to remove them. Google+ embeds in the new Google Sites will continue to work.

- If your users opted in to the Google Play Services Public Beta Program, they may experience issues using Google apps like Gmail and Hangouts as we begin shutting down consumer Google+. To avoid any interruption in service, G Suite users can leave the Beta Program.

1. Changes starting from February 4, 2019

- Google+ pages

All users will not be able to create new Google+ pages.

- Google+ Circles

All users will not be able to add non-Google+ users to their Circles.

- Google+ commenting on any websites

Blogger and other sites may use Google+ as their commenting service. This feature will be removed from Blogger by February 4th and other sites by March 7th. While all Google+ comments will be removed from these sites, G Suite users will still be able to see the comments they made in their Google+ activity log.

- Google Play Services Public Beta Program Opt-In

As we begin shutting down the consumer version of Google+, G Suite users who have opted in to the Google Play Services Public Beta Program may experience issues using Google apps like Gmail and Hangouts. To avoid any interruption in service, G Suite users can leave the Beta Program. Learn how to leave the Beta Program



2. Changes starting from March 7, 2019

- Google+ Android app

A new version of the Google+ Android app will be released on February 22, 2019. All G Suite Android users will need to update the Google+ Android app before March 7, 2019 to continue using Google+ on mobile devices. Old versions of the app will no longer be supported.
 - Google+ and Classic Google Sites
Google+ gadgets in classic Google Sites will no longer work starting March 7, 2019, so you may want to remove them. Google+ embeds in the new Google Sites will continue to work.

3. Changes starting from April 2, 2019

- Communities
Important: Google+ content in consumer accounts will be deleted starting on April 2, 2019 as part of the consumer Google+ shutdown. For communities outside your domain that aren’t owned by at least one G Suite user, community owners and moderators of these communities may download and save community data before April 2, 2019.

Currently, if you download data for communities outside your domain, this data will only have links to community posts. Starting early March 2019, additional data will be available for download, including author, body, and photos for every community post in a public community. For details, see Download your Google+ data.

- Domain-restricted public or private community

A public or private community that only people from your domain can join or view.
Domain-restricted communities will continue to function as they do today.
- Public community, outside your domain

A public community that people inside and outside your domain can join or view. These communities may have members from outside your organization.


For public communities, outside your domain, the following will be deleted:

> Communities that don’t have an owner with a G Suite account. If at least one owner is a G Suite user, the community will not be deleted. G Suite users can see their own content from deleted communities in their Google+ activity log.
> Community content from consumer users’ accounts. Only content from G Suite users will remain.

Additional upcoming changes to public communities, outside your domain:

> All remaining content in these communities will be visible to G Suite users only.
> These communities will become ask-to-join communities, if they are not already.
> G Suite users will no longer be able to create new public communities outside their domain. They will only be able to create new private communities outside their domain (invite-only), and only G Suite users can join.

- Google+ search experience
  • > For private communities, outside your domain, the “visible on search” setting will no longer be available.
  • >In non-domain-restricted Google+ search results, G Suite users will only see private communities outside their domain if they’re already members.
  • - Collections

> G Suite users won’t be able to:

  • Create new collections. Any existing collections will remain.
  • Add content to a collection that is not domain-restricted

                   > G Suite users will still be able to:


- Circles
  • >G Suite users won’t be able to:
  • Create new Circles.
  • Add people without a Google+ account to existing Circles.
  • Share a post to a Circle.

  • > G Suite users will still be able to delete their Circles.
  • > After the consumer shutdown, non-G Suite users will be removed from Circles.
- Profile

The Google+ profile field for tagline will be deleted from Google+. If you wish to save this data, select the “Profile” option in Takeout. G Suite users can still view and edit other fields, such as name, in their Google accounts’ About Me page.

- Google+ Vanity URLs

Google+ vanity URL names will no longer be supported and will be deleted. Any links that use Google+ vanity URLs, including Album Archive, will no longer work. However, G Suite users can still use their Google+ profile’s original URL.

- Google+ pages

All Google+ pages, including posts and comments on pages, will be deleted. If there is content you’d like to keep, download and save it before April 2019. Please notify any Google+ page owners at your organization about this change.  

- Google+ Events

All Google+ Events and associated content will be deleted. If you wish to save this data, download and save it.

- Google+ +1s on external websites

All +1's made on external websites will be deleted. If you wish to save this data, download and save it.

- Deletion behavior

Previously, upon G Suite customer cancellation, certain customers (e.g. G Suite for Education customers) could continue to use Google+. Going forward, upon cancellation of G Suite, all G Suite customers’ content will be flagged for deletion.








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