Google releases timeline for Google+ shutdown

By Digit NewsDesk | Updated 31 Jan 2019
Google releases timeline for Google+ shutdown
  • According to the timeline shared by Google, no user will be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities, or events on the platform from February 4.

Highlights:

  • Google+ shut down timeline released.
  • No user will be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities, or events on the platform from February 4.


A bug forced Google to prepone the shut down of the consumer version of its social media platform Google+ to April. At that time, not much information was available about the whole process, but now, Google has released an update on the topic. The latest update brings the step-by-step breakdown of the whole procedure that the company wants the Google+ consumers to follow to save their data.

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Google says that the process of deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts, pages, and album archive will take a few months. According to the timeline shared by Google, no user will be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities, or events on the platform from February 4. If you’ve used Google+ for comments on your own or other sites, this feature will be removed from Blogger by February 4 and other sites by March 7. All Google+ comments on all sites will be deleted starting April 2.

Google+ Community owner or moderator have an option to download and save data for your the community. “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,” Google said in a blogpost.

For G Suite customers, Google+ should remain active. Finally, on April 2, all Google+ accounts and pages will be shut down and Google will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts. Photos and videos from Google+ in users' album archive and Google+ pages will also be deleted, however, if you have backed up photos and videos in Google Photos, you can access them anytime.

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In December, Google announced that it will shut Google+ for consumers four months earlier than originally planned. The company said that they had found (yet another) bug in the platform which impacted 52.5 million users in connection with a Google+ API. Google+ was pitched against Facebook in 2011, but it failed to take off as expected. Google+ will now join instant messaging app Google Allo, which will discontinue in March.

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Google is shutting Google+ for consumers amid security concerns

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