Article Update 2-4-19: This update is to let readers know that your Gmail and other google accounts will not be affected by this Google+ shutdown…this only affects those with Google+ pages. Please read the full article to find out more…

Did you get the email about your personal Google+ account going away in April? If not…here is what they are sending out:

You’ve received this email because you have a consumer (personal) Google+ account or you manage a Google+ page.

In December 2018, we announced our decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019 due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations. We want to thank you for being part of Google+ and provide next steps, including how to download your photos and other content.

On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts. Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. You can download and save your content, just make sure to do so before April. Note that photos and videos backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted.

The process of deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts, Google+ Pages, and Album Archive will take a few months, and content may remain through this time. For example, users may still see parts of their Google+ account via activity log and some consumer Google+ content may remain visible to G Suite users until consumer Google+ is deleted.

As early as February 4th, you will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events.

See the full FAQ for more details and updates leading up to the shutdown.

If you’re a Google+ Community owner or moderator, you may download and save your data for your Google+ Community. Starting early March 2019, additional data will be available for download, including author, body, and photos for every community post in a public community. Learn more

If you sign in to sites and apps using the Google+ Sign-in button, these buttons will stop working in the coming weeks but in some cases may be replaced by a Google Sign-in button. You’ll still be able to sign in with your Google Account wherever you see Google Sign-in buttons. Learn more

If you’ve used Google+ for comments on your own or other sites, this feature will be removed from Blogger by February 4th and other sites by March 7th. All your Google+ comments on all sites will be deleted starting April 2, 2019. Learn more

If you’re a G Suite customer, Google+ for your G Suite account should remain active. Contact your G Suite administrator for more details. You can also expect a new look and new features soon. Learn more

If you’re a developer using Google+ APIs or Google+ Sign-in, click here to see how this will impact you.

From all of us on the Google+ team, thank you for making Google+ such a special place. We are grateful for the talented group of artists, community builders, and thought leaders who made Google+ their home. It would not have been the same without your passion and dedication.

Google LLC 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043

You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Google+ Page, product or account.

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Poor Google+…its time is almost over. It was an interesting ride…but not enough people found it useful…and now it is time for it to fade away.

If you have stuff on Google+ you want to save…go get it sooner rather than later.

Scott E

17 COMMENTS

  1. I was never informed of the Google shutdown! I use Google as access to the lifestyle information! I do not own a business and am 70 years old. Now how do I deal with this??? It took me forever to understand now you are changing everything. No one has asked me anything! This is wrong! What about my telephone numbers? I have a nice expensive phone and cannot enjoy my service!

  2. So let me get this straight: Only Google+ is going to go bye-bye, right?
    Those that use Gmail and/or Google Chrome will not be affected?

  3. What is the difference of Google plus and regular google? Apparently I have google plus. I want to use google for emails among other things, but do not understand the difference. On regular google can I have an email and does it have to be a new email? That would mean I would have to change everything as I see it. Please help I do not totally understand. I am a person not a business.

      • 2 8 Thanks much for the very useful information. I am a subscriber, I think. I got the email from Google abut Google plus, read it, downloaded the questions, read some of it. The next day the e mail had disappeared. Maybe it is somewhere in the gmail that I have? Again, thanks much for your help.

      • How does on know if there email account uses Google + or not. I am 60 +. I got an gmail account and they sent me an email about. It says I need to down load stuff??
        what stuff and will my gmail account disappear. This is very upsetting.

        HELP

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