Google just changed its mind and will allow you to continue using Gmail for FREE with your own domain!
Here is what you need to know!
Earlier : You Must Migrate Free Gmail To Google Workspace Subscription!
Google officially got rid of G Suite, rebranding it as Google Workspace and introducing a cloud-based solution that is more integrated and offers real-time collaboration.
At that time, they still allowed people with free Gmail accounts to continue using them, with custom domains. Like firstname.lastname@example.org, for example.
That changed in January 2022, when Google announced that it “will now transition all remaining users to an upgraded Google Workspace paid subscription based on your usage“.
In other words – you must pay Google if you want to continue using Gmail with a custom domain.
Google gave everyone until May to migrate their emails out of Gmail, or pay to continue using it. Then they delayed it to 1 June to give people more time to decide.
But they met with a lot of anger, and resistance. It was not just a matter of migrating emails from Gmail to a cheaper or even free email service like Zoho.
Many people also use the same Gmail account with a custom domain, to sign in for various services including Google services and Android smartphones. They would have LOST the ability to retrieve or change their password, or even login in certain instances.
Now : You Can Use Gmail For FREE With Custom Domain!
Fortunately, Google appeared to have realised that trying to blackmail loyal Gmail users (albeit free users) into boosting their profit margins was not only bad press, it was counterproductive.
For example, how will Google manage purchases people made in the Google Play Store? Will losing data from so many people be worth it?
In the end, Google folded and quietly allowed people to continue using Gmail for free, and with their custom domain to boot!
From now until 27 June 2022, you will have the option of signing up to continue using Gmail for free, with your custom domain.
Just head to your account’s Google Admin Console, and you should see this option pop-up. Just click Confirm for personal use, and you are done!
Not only will you get to continue using Gmail for free, and retain your custom domain, you will also :
- retain access to free Google Workspace services like Google Drive, Google Meet, Google Search, Google Maps and YouTube
- keep your purchases in Google Play, and data stored on Google Workspace
However, Google “may” remove business functionality, and will not provide support.
If you had earlier agreed to pay for Google Workspace after getting the migration prompt, but wish to switch to this “non-commercial personal use” option, you need to contact Google Support.
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