Very Old Android Phones Will No Longer Be Able to Sign Into Google

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If you're an Android user who hasn't gotten a new phone in a decade, you soon won't be able to sign into Google on your device.


Google is killing support for phones running Android 2.3.7 (the final version of Gingerbread) or older on Sept. 27.

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Google outlined the change in a support document. "As part of our ongoing efforts to keep our users safe, Google will no longer allow sign-in on Android devices that run Android 2.3.7 or lower starting September 27, 2021. If you sign into your device after September 27, you may get username or password errors when you try to use Google products and services like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps."


How to see which Android version your phone is running

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Near the bottom, tap System > Advanced > System update.
  3. See your "Android version" and "Security patch level."

It may seem crazy to think that anyone would still be using a phone released nearly 10 years ago, but out of the 3 billion active Android devices currently being used throughout the world, it's fair to assume there are several users who will be affected by this change.


After Sept. 27, your ancient phone will still be able to use some Google services if you're logged in via a web browser. Google notes that if your phone can be updated to at least Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), you'll still be able to sign in.