Google will soon discontinue support for logging into Gmail, YouTube, and Drive accounts on older Android phones

Google will soon discontinue support for logging into Gmail, YouTube, and Drive accounts on older Android phones

In its report, 9to5Google shared a screenshot of the email sent to users who are likely to be impacted by this change. Users on very old versions of Android are likely to be very few and Google is obviously doing this to help protect user data and maintain account security. Beginning September 27, users running on Android version 2.3.7 and lower will get a “username or password error” whenever they try to sign-in to any Google apps loaded on the phone. These emails look to be a warning sign for these few users who are still using the archaic software versions, urging them to either update their software or switch phones.

Sign-ins will no longer be supported on Android phones running version 2.3.7 or below. This change will take effect on September 27, according to an email delivered to users by Google. The email advises users to upgrade to at least Android 3.0 Honeycomb in order to continue using Google applications after September. This will have an effect on system and app level sign-in, but users should still be able to sign in to Gmail, Google Search, Google Drive, YouTube, and other Google Services using the phone’s browser.

Highlights

  • Google Play Protect Failed to Provide Security Against Infected Apps: AV-Test. Essentially, there will be no workaround left for Android v2.3.7 and lower software users, and it is best to look for alternate options to continue hassle-free use of Google apps and services. The recently-concluded first season of Loki is our focus this week on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts. For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

  • Google Shows How Its Play Store Safety Section Will Look Like. After September 27, the report says that old Android version users will get an error if they try to sign in to Google products and services like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps. They will also get an error if they try to add or create a new Google Account or perform a factory reset and try to sign in once again. Old Android version users will get an error if they attempt to change their Google Account password, that signs users out on all devices, and try to sign in again. A username and password error will continue to show up even after you remove the account from the device and try to re-add it.