Google+ shutdown – what you need to know

Google+ shutdown – what you need to know

Google has confirmed they will be shutting down their social network platform Google+ on the 2nd of April 2019. As early as February 4th, you will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events.

Google says Google+ has “low usage and engagement” and that 90 percent of Google+ user sessions last less than five seconds. This coupled with some recent security issues has hastened Google to make the decision to close down the social network platform.

From the 2nd of April Google+ will shut down and Google will begin deleting data from all consumer Google+ accounts. Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. 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.

I have a Google+ Account – what do I do?

If you have data on your Google+ account that you want to keep, you can follow the instructions below to download your data:

  1. Go to Google’s “Download your data” page. If you’re signed in and you have a Google+ account, all Google+ options will be pre-selected. You may need to sign in or switch accounts.
  2. If you only want to save specific data, you can click Select None and choose only the products you’re interested in. You can also toggle products on and off.
  3. Hit Next.
  4. Choose your file type and delivery method (email link, Drive, Dropbox, etc.).
  5. Click Create Archive.

Exporting your data doesn’t delete your Google+ profile, so if you want to do that before the official shutdown, you can go to the downgrade page and follow the instructions.

For more information, Google has provided a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions about the shutdown.

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