Goodbye Google+

If you have a Gmail account (Google Account) you may have received an email saying that your consumer Google+ account will be shut down in April 2019. Now Google+ is different from your Google/Gmail account. Google+ was Google’s attempt to create a social media website that would rival Facebook, but it never really took off and very few people actually used the site.

The email is warning you that they are shutting down that service, NOT your Google/Gmail account. If you do use Google+, you have until April 2nd to gather any information from your account and back it up to your computer, or to an external device, but Google advises to make sure this is done before April.

You will also no longer be able to create Google+ profiles starting around Feb. 4. The other main concern if you are using a Google+ account is if you sign into any websites using the Google+ sign-in button. These sign-in buttons will stop working eventually, but they may be replaced by a Google sign-in button. This decision is up to the website developer and if they choose not to replace the Google+ sign-in button with a regular Google sign-in button you will have to wait for them to fix it to get into that particular website

For most of you this probably won’t be an issue because Google+ was never very popular and not many people were even actively using Google+, but if you were you may want to start taking precautions and backing up your account content, and changing sign-ins on some websites.

You can read Google’s full statement on the shutdown by going here: support.google.com/plus/answer/9195133

If you have any questions regarding their statement and if it affects you, give us a call and we can help answer your questions.

Updated: February 11, 2019 — 9:16 am