+ Tuesday November 19th, 2019

If you’re using an older handset, or you know someone who is, there’s a good chance that they might not have upgraded to the latest Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides apps … if they use those apps, that is. If you know someone in this boat, you’d best help them figure out how to upgrade their Google apps to the latest versions, as we understand that come April this year, Google will cut them off completely.

All is not lost, however. Users need simply update to the latest versions of the Google apps from the Play Store, and their access will continue. This won’t affect more recent handset users, who almost certainly will have up-to-date versions of the relevant apps, but older handsets, particularly those on older versions of Android, might not have automatic updates turned on.

If you’re at all concerned, check your phone and make sure that you’ve got newer versions than listed below – these are the versions that will be cut off:

  • 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)

A timely reminder to ensure, somewhat regularly, that you’re using the latest app updates available from your respective app store.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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