Google Ends Sign in Support for Old Android Versions in 2021: The Informative Guide

In today’s guide, you are going to learn exactly why Google ends sign in support for old Android versions.

You’ll also get to know which versions of Android this new update is going to be applied to, and why Google decided to make such an important update.

Let’s dive right in!

Google Sign in Support Defined

One of the first major things you are required to do on purchasing a new Android phone is to sign in to a Gmail account to have access to Google support and security updates.

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It’s still important to note that Android on its own doesn’t require you to sign in to a Google (Gmail) account to use, only Google’s proprietary applications do.

So, if you don’t want to be tied to signing in to a Google account on an Android phone, then you just don’t have to use any apps they produce, and this includes apps like Google Playstore, Google Chrome, Google Docs, Google Maps, Google Drive, and lots more.

Basically, you can’t do anything with your Android phone without signing in to a Google account

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But the truth still remains that, operating an Android phone without connecting it to a Google account exposes your device to a lot of threats. You will miss out on certain security updates that are crucial to your device’s performance.

Some common issues you may face when signing in to a Google account on an Android phone are:

  • You forgot your sign in details (username or/and password)
  • Issues with 2-step verification
  • You’re unable to reset your password with a code via text
  • You’re unable to sign in from a third-party service
  • You’re trying to access your Google account from work, school, or other group.
  • You’re trying to sign in to a Google account as an under 13 in age

But one of the newest issues users are soon to experience when trying to sign in to their Google account on their Android phone could just be attributed to their version of Android OS.

Google Ends Sign in Support for Old Android Versions and Why?

It’s no denying that Google ends sign in support for old versions, and really, we all saw this coming. This recent update was confirmed from emails being sent out to customers directly from Google.

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Basically, from the 27th of September, 2021, Android users who own devices with an OS of version 2.3.7 and lower won’t be able to sign in to their Google account. That is, Android users with devices running on the Gingerbread OS (Android 2.3.7) down to Android 1.5 (Cupcake) won’t be able to sign in to their Google account from September 27, 2021.

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The fact that Google ends sign in support for old versions can be attributed to protecting account privacy.

Users will only be able to sign in to their Google account via the web, through browsers, but still, they’ll be limited to their use of the device due to hassles in using Google-related apps as discussed earlier.

Now I’d Love to Hear from You:

Though Google claims that this recent update won’t affect other Android users as there are only a few people still making use of the above-stated affected OSs, but:

  • How do you think this new update will further affect the Android community?
  • Do you think that Google will further extend this update to affect much higher versions of Android?
  • What effect do you think this will have on the price of new Android devices
  • How soon do you think these changes will take effect?

Let me know by leaving a comment below!

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