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.

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Darren Ferguson

Can you even turn off the update nags? I guess if you block the Play store from notifications…