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Google Plus confirmed to end in April 2019

Updated: Sep 6, 2021

The end is finally near for the floundering platform

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Google Plus is coming to an end

Darkness is closing in on the Google plus platform. Google+ was an ambitious project launched in June 2011 with hopes of taking on Facebook. An advantage Google had was that Android users typically have a Gmail account and use other Google services.

Over the years Google tried several ways to boost usage of the platform with a notable and most controversial one being the merging of YouTube, Hangouts, and Google Plus accounts. This change resulted in user's personal information such as their real name now becoming publicly available which had unexpected consequences for those in the trans community, trolls, and those who like the anonymity of the internet in general. After awhile this decision was reversed due to major backlash, but the damage was already done with all the personal issues and account issues (such as being unable to change your YouTube profile URL afterwards, something I have experienced myself.)

The historic low usage culminated in Google announcing plans to shutdown Google+ back in December 2018, but no exact date was given then.

This week Google officially announced that Plus is ending for consumers on April 2nd, 2019. All users should back up their data before then. For Business users the platform will remain active for the time being and will still be developed.

Below is Google's Announcement:


You've received this email because you have a consumer (personal) Google+ account or you manage a Google+ page.

In December 2018, we announced our decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019 due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers' expectations. We want to thank you for being part of Google+ and provide next steps, including how to download your photos and other content.

On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts. Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. You can download and save your content, just make sure to do so before April. Note that photos and videos backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted.

The process of deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts, Google+ Pages, and Album Archive will take a few months, and content may remain through this time. For example, users may still see parts of their Google+ account via activity log and some consumer Google+ content may remain visible to G Suite users until consumer Google+ is deleted.

As early as February 4th, you will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events.

See the full FAQ for more details and updates leading up to the shutdown.

If you're a Google+ Community owner or moderator, you may download and save your data for your Google+ Community. Starting early March 2019, additional data will be available for download, including author, body, and photos for every community post in a public community. Learn more

If you sign in to sites and apps using the Google+ Sign-in button, these buttons will stop working in the coming weeks but in some cases may be replaced by a Google Sign-in button. You'll still be able to sign in with your Google Account wherever you see Google Sign-in buttons. Learn more

If you've used Google+ for comments on your own or other sites, this feature will be removed from Blogger by February 4th and other sites by March 7th. All your Google+ comments on all sites will be deleted starting April 2, 2019. Learn more

If you're a G Suite customer, Google+ for your G Suite account should remain active. Contact your G Suite administrator for more details. You can also expect a new look and new features soon. Learn more

If you're a developer using Google+ APIs or Google+ Sign-in, click here to see how this will impact you.

From all of us on the Google+ team, thank you for making Google+ such a special place. We are grateful for the talented group of artists, community builders, and thought leaders who made Google+ their home. It would not have been the same without your passion and dedication.

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