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Google to End Support for Gmail, YouTube, Drive Account Sign-in on Old Android Phones Soon

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Highlights:

  • Google to End Support for Old Android Phones Soon.
  • Signing in to Google apps will no longer be supported on devices running Android version 2.3.7 or lower.
  • Users affected shall upgrade to Android version 3.0 or higher.

Google will no longer support sign-in on Android phones running version 2.3.7 or lower. An email sent by Google to users shows that this change will be effective from September 27. The email advises users to update to at least Android 3.0 Honeycomb to continue using Google apps after September.

The removal of support for old Android is quite understandable as the Android version has a small percentage of users among other Android versions. The change is meant to “help protect your account’s security.” The Android versions that are losing support were launched as early as 2008.

The Android version that will not support Google Apps are:

The company will soon end support for devices running an almost decade-old Android 2.3.7 and older versions; that covers Android 1.0, 1.1 (unnamed), 1.5 Cupcake, 1.6 Donut, 2.0 Eclair, 2.2 Froyo, and 2.3 Gingerbread. Phones released years ago run outdated versions of Android. That may well mean that they don’t have critical security updates that can keep you and your data safe from prying eyes. Android 3.0 Honeycomb or later version will be required to sign in and use Google applications on devices.

  • Android 1.0
  • Android 1.1
  • Android 1.5 Cupcake
  • Android 1.6 Donut
  • Android 2.0 Eclair
  • Android 2.2 Froyo
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The email recommends users to update to at least Android 3.0 Honeycomb to continue using Google apps even after September. This will impact system and app-level sign-in, but users should continue to be able to sign in to Gmail, Google Search, Google Drive, YouTube, and other Google Services via the phone’s browser.

The following actions will lead to a sign-in error:

  • Performing a factory reset and trying to sign in.
  • Changing a password and trying to sign in with the updated password.
  • Removing and re-adding the account.
  • Creating a new account on an old device that runs on any of the above-mentioned Android versions.

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