If you are the user of G-Suite or Google, you probably know Google+ is about to shutdown. The consumer version of Google Plus will shut down in the coming April. But the company has started implementing the changes from February 4, 2019.
Originally, Google has planned and announced to shut down the Google plus in August 2019 but the date was preponed because a Google+ API bug affected the accounts of 52.5 million Google+ users.
On the official blog, David Thacker (VP of Product Management for G Suite) said, “With the discovery of this new bug, we have decided to expedite the shut-down of all Google+ APIs; this will occur within the next 90 days. In addition, we have also decided to accelerate the sunsetting of consumer Google+ from August 2019 to April 2019. While we recognize there are implications for developers, we want to ensure the protection of our users.”
As of February 4, 2019 users were no longer able to create new Google Plus pages or add new users.
From April 2, all the created accounts and pages will shut down. Also, content from the accounts will be deleted including photos and videos from your Google Plus pages.
If you don’t want to lose the images and videos, save them before April. But if you have already backed up your photos or videos in Google Photos then you don’t require to save it again.
Small Business Users
If you have been using Google Plus to interact with your customers, here what you can do to continue interacting with them.
Google will release a new version of the Google Plus Android app. This will allow G Suite Android users to continue using Google+ on their mobile. For that, you just need an updated version of the app because the old version of the app will no longer work/support.