Using Android? You may be blocked from Gmail and YouTube next month

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Some Android users are blocked from Gmail and YouTube (Image: GOOGLE•GETTY)

If you’ve got an old Android smartphone or tablet laying around, it may finally be time to upgrade. That’s because Google blocks your ability to use some of the most popular services, including Gmail and YouTube.

Yes, Android users with version 2.3.7 and below will not be able to sign in to Google services starting next month. The Mountain View-based company has announced that anyone running Android version 2.3.7 or lower will no longer be able to sign in to their Google account starting September 27.

That means affected users won’t be able to log into popular services like Gmail, YouTube, and Google Docs next month. Leading up to the deadline, Google has begun emailing Android users affected by the change, blog beeping computer reported.

The email sent to Android users reads: “As of September 27, login will not be supported on Android version 2.3.7 or lower.

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As of September 27, signing in to your account in Google apps will no longer be supported on phones running Android version 2.3.7 or earlier. Please check and update your Android version.”

While Zak Pollack, the Android Help community manager, explained in a blog post: “As part of our ongoing efforts to keep our users safe, Google will no longer allow logins on Android devices running Android 2.3.7 or lower from September 27, 2021. If you log in to your device after September 27, username or get password errors when you try to use Google products and services such as Gmail, YouTube, and Maps.

“If your device has the ability to update to a newer Android version (3.0+), we recommend that you do so to continue accessing Google apps and services on that device.”

In the help post, Google confirmed that anyone using Android 2.3.7 or older after the deadline will get a username and password error when they try to log into the affected devices to add an email account or calendar.

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Android warning email about update 2.3.7

Android users get emails warning them about version 2.3.7 (Image: GOOGLE)

Errors can also occur if you do a factory reset and then try to login, change your password, delete an account and then re-add or create an account on the device.

If your device supports newer versions of Android, Google advises affected users to immediately upgrade to Android 3.0 or later.

If you can’t, Pollack said, “If you can’t update your device to a newer Android version (3.0+), you can try logging into your Google account in your device’s web browser. You can still always use some Google services when you are signed in to Google through your device’s web browser.”

Android 2.3.7 was a patch released for Android Gingerbread that added Google Wallet support for the Nexus S 4G.

That update was released nearly ten years ago on September 21, 2011. So you don’t need to have upgraded your Android device in ten years to be affected by this incoming change.

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