Android: With very old devices, you will soon no longer be able to access your Google account

Anyone who still works with an Android device that uses version 2.3.7, or even an older one, will soon no longer be able to access services such as YouTube, Maps and Gmail in their own account.

Do people still use Android devices with version 2.3.7 (“Gingerbread”) or older? Probably hardly any users will still have this version on their device, as it was published in 2010 and has therefore not received any security updates for years. However, at I / O 2021 in spring, Google stated that there are over three billion Android devices worldwide. While Android 12 is in the starting blocks, a help document on Google indicates that it will no longer be possible to log in to Google accounts using devices with the 2.3.7 version from the fall. So if you are still using such an old device, you should convert.

Deadline in September: Very old Android devices no longer allow Google log-in

From September 27th it will be difficult to use Google services extensively with a device with Android 2.3.7 or an even older version. According to Google, limited use of some services should still be possible if users are logged into Google in their browser. But in the help document it says specifically:

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.

Anyone who has the opportunity to update to a newer version, i.e. at least Android 3.0, will be asked to do so. If you would like to check for yourself which version you are using and which updates you have currently carried out, you can do this in your smartphone settings. Just tap Settings> System> Advanced> System Update and you can also download or carry out the latest updates immediately. It is suitable for all users to carry out regular checks of the operating system in order to enable the best possible performance. This also ensures the smoother use of services such as YouTube, Gmail, Maps and Co.

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