Google announces shutdown of legacy versions of Google apps from 3 April

Google has announced that it will shut down legacy (older) version of popular Google productivity apps like Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides.


Google has announced that it will shut down legacy (older) version of popular Google productivity apps like Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides. The company has not detailed any reason for the shut down in the post describing the shutdown. The shutdown will affect both Android as well as iOS users starting 3 April 2017.

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The company further detailed that the users will start receiving prompts asking them to update the older versions. After 1 March, the prompts will force users to upgrade to newer versions. Despite the lack of details, it is evident that the company wants all users to be on the latest versions to fix security or functionality bugs present in the older versions of the apps. The company has asked all users who are using the older versions to upgrade to the latest versions.

One thing to note is that the shutdown will only affect the users using the old mobile apps of these programs. Users using the web or desktop versions will not be impacted by the shutdown. The details of app versions facing the shutdown are detailed below:

  • Google Drive for Android (prior to version 2.4.311), iOS (prior to version 4.16)
  • Google Docs for Android (prior to version 1.6.292), iOS (prior to version 1.2016.12204)
  • Google Sheets for Android (prior to version 1.6.292), for iOS (prior to version 1.2016.12208)
  • Google Slides for Android (prior to version 1.6.292), for iOS (prior to version 1.2016.12203)

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