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Google is ending Gmail, YouTube sign-in support for older Android phones

Gmail on the Galaxy Note 10
Gmail on the Galaxy Note 10 (Image credit: Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Google will begin blocking logins on devices running Android 2.3.7 or lower starting September 27.
  • Google says the move is part of its ongoing efforts to keep its users safe.
  • Users will receive a username or password error when trying to sign in on older Android versions.

Google has announced that it will no longer allow sign-in on Android devices running version 2.3.7 or lower starting September 27 (via Bleeping Computer).

If you try to sign in with your Google account on Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread or below after September 27, you will get username or password errors when accessing Google services such as Gmail, YouTube, and Maps.

The following actions will also be no longer possible on devices running Android 2.3.7 or older versions:

  • Perform a factory reset and try to sign in.
  • Change the Google account password on the device or on another device, which signs you out everywhere else. You will receive an error message when you try to sign in again.
  • Remove your Google account from the device and re-add it.
  • Create a new Google account on the device.

The change will only affect a small number of users since Google's Android distribution numbers claim there are less than 1% active devices running Android versions older than Jelly Bean.

Google recommends users update to Android 3.0 or a newer version to maintain access to its apps and services. While users with devices running Android version 2.3.7 or lower will no longer be able to sign in to their account to use most Google products and services, they can continue to access some Google services when logged in using the best Android browsers.

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Babu Mohan
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6 Comments
  • I wonder if there's someone in the wild that has been refusing to accept that Ice Cream Sandwich update until this moment
  • As long as my Note 3 running Android 5 is fine 😉
  • May I ask a question without any hysterical laughter or scorn? Yes? OK, here goes. As far as I can tell my android phone is sort of up-to-date? When I do look at the phone info in the settings section there is no mention of any kind of 'sweet dessert names' like 'oreo', 'gingerbread', etc. The android version says 8.0.0. Is mine safe from the changes?
  • Yes your phone is fine for now. The OS that Google is stopping support is 10 years old. Basically cheap low budget phones or old phone that are still in the wild are done for.
  • If you ever need a version to dessert translation, the Wikipedia subject: Android version history is helpful. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history
  • Thanks, Romeo. I must have an 'oreo'. I have a Samsung Galaxy J3 Orbit.