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Many have been asking the question "where is Google+" "what happened to Google+?"
In December 2018, Google announced it's decision to shut down Google+ for consumers on April 2, 2019.
Other Google products (such as Gmail, Google Photos, Google Drive, YouTube) were NOT part of the consumer shutdown and you can continue using those products. The Google Account you use to sign in to these services will remain active.
Why Did Google Make The Decision to Close Down Google+?
Google's response to why was Google+ shut down? "Given the challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that meets our consumer users’ expectations, we decided to sunset the consumer version of Google+. We are committed to focusing on our enterprise efforts, and will be launching new features purpose-built for businesses." However, the video below paints an entirely different picture.
What is Happening with all the Google+ Content?
As part of the consumer Google+ shutdown, Google is deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts (other than content they are required to keep for legal reasons). Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. If you did not download your content before April 2, 2019 chances are you've lost it. However, your photos and videos were previously backed up in Google Photos and will not be deleted.
What if I also use Google+ with my G Suite account?
Google assures users of G-Suite that Google+ will continue as a way for people across an organization to have discussions. Learn more about how they are continuing our investment in Google+ for G Suite.
What is the Old Google+ Being Replaced With?
Google reports that "a new version of the Google+ Android app was released on February 21, 2019. All Android users will need to update to this Google+ Android app immediately to continue using the app. Old versions of the app will no longer be supported. Users can still use Google+ on their mobile web browser at plus.google.com. However, on April 2, 2019, they shut down the consumer (personal) version of Google+"
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Here's a slightly different take on why Google+ shutdown...
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