Google introduced Google Workspace on Oct 6, 2020, and shortly thereafter, announced they’re killing the free G Suite account. This caused mayhem for small businesses that relied on G Suite for their business email, calendars, and cloud storage.
G Suite is a freemium product by Google for over a decade. Its innovation helped businesses store and access data, collaborate online, and, most importantly, set up business email addresses.
Google rebranded G Suite into Google Workspace after introducing more products amidst the shift to a hybrid work setup. Following the rebrand, Google removed the free plan from their pricing options, forcing G Suite users to pay or lose their data from their Google Accounts.
Amid the rebrand announcement, Google also released a new product lineup that will take your business to a higher level. It may seem revolutionary, but it also meant losing your hard-earned business milestones with G Suite.
Unfortunately, businesses are left without a choice but to upgrade to Workspace to regain account access. Imagine losing access to tools and data you rely on to run your business.
To make it worse, you can no longer use your business suite due to getting locked out.
After businesses threw rage over this sudden transition, Google made a policy change. On May 16, 2022, Google decided to let individuals use the G Suite legacy free edition via a "no cost" alternative.
The policy change provides means for businesses to keep non-Workspace paid content.
What is a No Cost Legacy G Suite?
If you’re looking for a free Google Workspace account, there’s only one option. The no-cost option is only available to Legacy users of G Suite to opt out of upgrading to Workspace. It allows you to access your stored data in Google Suite without needing an upgrade.