People around the world have hundreds of reasons why they don’t update their mobile applications when new versions are released. Sometimes the most recent update alters the software so much that they no longer enjoy using the application. Sometimes the device they are using can’t support the upgrade. There are even large swaths of the population that miss major mobile software updates simply because they don’t know these updates are available.
No matter what your reason might be for doing so, if you’re still running a legacy Google Suite application on your mobile device, the company has announced today that as of April 3, 2017 they will no longer be supporting those legacy applications and will take them down completely. The announcement affects all legacy applications for both Android and Apple (iOS) devices and will include Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Google Drive.
The new versions of the G Suite apps are objectively better than their legacy versions that will be put out to pasture, so people shouldn’t worry about losing anything in the transition. For those who are unsure if their device will be affected, here is the complete list of applications that will be shut down:
- Google Drive for Android (prior to version 2.4.311)
- Google Docs for Android (prior to version 1.6.292)
- Google Sheets for Android (prior to version 1.6.292)
- Google Slides for Android (prior to version 1.6.292)
- Google Drive for iOS (prior to version 4.16)
- Google Docs for iOS (prior to version 1.2016.12204)
- Google Sheets for iOS (prior to version 1.2016.12208)
- Google Slides for iOS (prior to version 1.2016.12203)
According to Google, “This month, users of these legacy versions will begin seeing the below prompts to upgrade. Please note that after March 1, some users with very old versions will be forced to upgrade when they receive the prompt. If you are using any of these unsupported versions, we encourage you to download and install the latest version of that mobile application.” Google also notes that this does not apply to the web versions of the software since these are typically updated automatically.