Google has announced that it will be shutting down Google+ for consumers on April 2.
It comes as no surprise that the service is shutting down considering that Google confirmed its plans a while ago. Only now there is a set date to prep for.
Developers need to take note that in addition to the general consumer shutdown, all Google+ APIs will be shutting down on the 7th of March. This includes Google+ Sign-in and requests for Google+ OAuth scopes. Google+ integrations for web or mobile apps are also being shut down. The most commonly used APIs affected by the shutdown are:
- Google+ REST API
- Google+ Web API
- Google+ Android SDK
- Google+ Domains API
- Google+ Pages API
Google+ accounts for businesses are fine though. Accounts will remain active for those who use Google+ as part of G Suite. This goes for educational institutions, businesses that pay for G Suite, and any other organisations that make use of these enterprise-grade features. If you’re unsure about your G Suite status, simply check to see if you apply.
By Daniëlle Kruger