Any Google+ Data You Had Will Start Getting Deleted April 2
The consumer version of Google+ will shut down on April 2. That means you have two more months to salvage any data from your accounts before the company begins deleting it.
On Wednesday, Google published more details about the company’s plan to sunset the product. Its closure means an end to consumer-focused Google+ accounts and any pages created by them.
“Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted,” company product manager David Conway wrote in the blog post.
The company also plans on winding down several Google+ functions in the coming weeks. For instance, you’ll no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities and events as early as Feb. 4.
“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,” the company added in a support page.
You’ll also no longer be able to log into sites or apps using the Google+ sign in button. However, the company plans on replacing the function in some cases with the generic Google sign in buton.
You can visit this link to learn how you can download and save your Google+ data. The company has also written an FAQ about the product’s impending demise.
The search giant is closing down the consumer version of Google+ after the product was discovered accidentally leaking user’s data back. The company then decided to accelerate the platform’s upcoming demise to an unspecified time this April after a second privacy leak was found.
“While this process of deleting consumer content will take a few months and some content may remain visible during this time, you should take action before April to ensure you don’t lose any content you want to save,” Conway wrote on Wednesday.
Despite the shutdown, Google+ will live on as an enterprise product through the company’s G Suite platform. “This means that for those of you who use Google+ as part of G Suite, your accounts will remain active,” Conway added.