Google is blocking apps on old android phones today the 27th of September 2021. Google has confirmed some apps such as Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, Google Play Store, and Google Calendar will stop working on some older Android smartphones.
From today, you will not be able to sign in to these apps with your Google account. When you sign in to your android device using your Google mail and your password, you will get a username and password error even though your login details are correct.
This is not new in the tech world as last year, WhatsApp blocked users without the upgraded operating system from using its service.
If you are one of those affected, you will need to update your phone’s operating system or buy a new mobile phone else you will be locked out of all the google apps on your mobile phone.
Google is Blocking apps on old Android Phones with Android 2.3
Any mobile phone with the Android 2.3 operating system and below will be blocked from getting access to Google apps. Google is doing this because it poses a security risk and in fact, Google said it’s withdrawing support for the platform “as part of our going efforts to keep our users safe”.
Older versions of operating systems are more vulnerable to hackers, bugs, and viruses, so they are usually dropped by google when new versions are released and sadly it has come to the end of the road for the Android 2.3 operating system.
To give you an idea of how outdated the operating system is, the latest Android operating system is Android 11, if you want to continue using your mobile phone, you need to make sure you update your operating system to at least Android 3.0.
How to update Operating System Android
- To update your mobile phone operating system go to Settings,
- Next tap System, then Advanced.
- Look for System Update
- Tap the update button.
Depending on the Operating system you are upgrading to, you’ll see Install Now, Reboot and install, or Install System Software. Tap the option that comes up for your mobile phone.
So, if you know you want to continue using your Google apps such as YouTube, Google Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Calendar, and more, you’ll need to upgrade your smartphone to Android 3.0.
Although there are some mobile phones that won’t be able to update from Android 2.3 to at least Android 3.0. This category of mobile phones will forever lose access to Google apps.
If you own any of these mobile phones you will be blocked out of all Google apps;
- Vodafone Smart II
- Samsung Galaxy S2
- Sony Xperia P
- HTC Evo 4G
- Sony Xperia Go
- LG Spectrum
- HTC Velocity
- Sony Xperia Advance
- Motorola Fire
- LG Prada 3.0
- Lenovo K800
- Sony Xperia S
- Motorola XT532
I know this sucks, but you can still gain access to YouTube on a web browser on your mobile phone. You can sign in to your Gmail account without using the app, just sign in on a desktop. If you want to find out how to login to Messenger without app you also can.