Today, Google quietly announced that it will provide the opportunity to move your non-Google Workspace paid content and the majority of your data to a no-cost option as part of the migration from G Suite legacy free version.
Non-Google Workspace paid content is likely to include everything from paid Android apps to movies, TV series, and eBooks that individuals have purchased over the years from the Play Store, as noticed by Ars Technica on the Upgrade from G Suite legacy free edition support page. Customers of Google Fi MVNO have also voiced their concerns.
People who did not want to begin paying for Workspace (which starts at $6 per user per month, but there are significant, region-based reductions starting at 50% for the first twelve months) could only export their data via Google Takeout as of the first announcement last week.
The company then made a suggestion that there would be a new Workspace tier for people with multiple accounts, such as a family, as an alternative for non-business users of the G Suite heritage free edition. Of course, this hypothetical product will almost certainly still need to be paid for, albeit perhaps not as much.
It makes a lot of sense for Google to provide a free alternative that is superior to Takeout, which would prevent you from maintaining access to premium material. According to the business, this new option would not come with premium services like personalized email or multi-account management.
According to the current description, Google appears to be outlining a choice for moving a G Suite legacy free edition account to a standard, ideally @gmail.com address. Prior to July 1, 2022, and before their accounts are suspended, impacted users will have the opportunity to consider this choice.