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You Need to Update These Google Apps Right Now

Dave Parrack 20-01-2017

Google has issued a warning that older versions of some of its apps will stop working in a few months. Anyone running older versions of Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides will have to upgrade to newer versions in order to keep using the apps.


Google Drive and its fellow G Suite apps, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides, are insanely popular. Millions of people use these apps on a daily basis, whether at home or at work, and across various platforms, including Android and iOS Apple vs. Android: Buy the Ecosystem, Not the Gadget You love your Android phone and want to buy a tablet. Everyone tells you the iPad is the best tablet, and it really is the best; but you should still buy an Android tablet. Read More .

However, despite this popularity, not everyone is running the latest versions of these apps. Which wouldn’t normally be a problem, except that Google is now shutting down older versions.

These Apps Will Stop Working Soon

The following versions of Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides for Android and iOS will shut down on April 3, 2017:

For Android:

  • Google Drive for Android (prior to version 2.4.311)
  • Google Docs for Android (prior to version 1.6.292)
  • Google Sheets for Android (prior to version 1.6.292)
  • Google Slides for Android (prior to version 1.6.292)

For iOS:

  • Google Drive for iOS (prior to version 4.16)
  • Google Docs for iOS (prior to version 1.2016.12204)
  • Google Sheets for iOS (prior to version 1.2016.12208)
  • Google Slides for iOS (prior to version 1.2016.12203)

In preparation for the shutdown, Google will begin prompting anyone running these soon-to-be-obsolete versions of the apps to upgrade from March 1, 2017.

Are You Unable to Upgrade?

Some people will have failed to stay up-to-date with these apps out of sheer laziness. While others may be unable to upgrade to the latest versions because of hardware constraints Buying A New Smartphone? How To Understand The Hardware Specs There was once a time when buying a cell phone was like buying a CD player. Over time, however, phones have become miniature computers – and the specifications are nearly as complex as a PC's. Read More . The former can simply upgrade when prompted to do so. However, the latter may not have that option.

It should be noted that this shutdown will not affect corresponding web and desktop applications, which will continue functioning as normal.

Do you use Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, or Google Slides? Do you know what version you have installed on your Android or iOS? Are you going to be able to upgrade in time to avoid losing access to these apps? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Hriiyio pfuze
    March 22, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Update your google account tap n save..

  2. Donna C
    January 25, 2017 at 3:19 am

    What if you use Google Drive on a laptop? Is there a way to find out which version are using?
    Thanks so much for your help.
    Donna C

  3. Spuffler
    January 24, 2017 at 4:47 am

    When Google says 'New! Free! Come!' there are always problems:
    -Gmail filters which randomly stop working and support forums do not garner Google responses,
    -Picasaweb only gave me back reduced sizes of my stored photos when they told me they were 'shutting it down get your pictures now' (no matter that they freely transferred the reduced size photos for me to Google Photos - reduced is reduced),
    -the Google Docs user interface is now overloaded with bluespace...
    With Google, long term support is not really a strong suit; unless they find a new way to twist it.

  4. Kelsey Tidwell
    January 23, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    I'm always eager to update Google apps in the vain hope that one day in the section where they tell you what they will actually say something informative.

  5. Marla. J. Barnhart
    January 23, 2017 at 1:26 am

    I need to update. But please show me the way to go for that Please.
    I have iPad Air and I phone 6plus. Need your help,

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      January 23, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      On my wife's and son's Apple devices you have an indicator on the app store icon when updates are needed. You go into the app store app and simply select the affected app to update it.

  6. Mr. Ro Lee
    January 21, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I have been staying up to date with the G Suite and Drive. I let Google apps automatically update. I just look for relevant feature updates to remain in the know.

    Tech is changing so fast that it is about time that it starts archiving and cleaning up after itself.

  7. Marla. J. Barnhart
    January 20, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    I've been a google fan for years. That being said I always try to keep up to date. But app updates some updates are great where others are getting more difficult to me. Not experienced in all the latest jargon! But if you will direct me into the right way I will try to get it done.
    Thank you
    M. B. Also I have iPhone and iPad latest version is 10.2

  8. Debbie
    January 20, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Interestingly, in my Android Apps, I have an indication to update Drive, but upon going to do so, I am met only with the option to open it; not update it. Hopefully that will change when the time comes closer.

    • Jouni "rautamiekka" Järvinen
      January 21, 2017 at 3:06 am

      Nah, I'm afraid it means the Store app detects you have incompatible hardware. But I certainly hope I'm not right.

      • Debbie
        January 21, 2017 at 4:21 am

        Interestingly, I did some searching because of your comment. Not sure if it was like this before, but I found the update button on the LEFT side! All other apps have the button on the RIGHT! That is odd!! But I also did a clear google app cache 1st, so maybe that made the update button appear? Whatever the case, I am glad that my version is now up-to-date! Thanks!

        • Ismael
          January 21, 2017 at 7:01 pm

          I think it depends on whether or not it's installed as a system app by the manufacturer.