Google will eventually stop allowing users to sign in on very old Android handsets

According to a support page, if you still have a device running Android 2.3.7 (the last version of Gingerbread) or older, you won’t be able to login into your Google account on that device starting September 27th (via Liliputing).

“Starting September 27th, 2021, as part of our continuous efforts to keep our customers safe, Google will no longer enable sign-in on Android devices running Android 2.3.7 or lower,” the company adds. “If you sign in to your device after September 27th, you may receive username or password issues while attempting to access Google products and services such as Gmail, YouTube, or Maps.”

Android 2.3.7 was launched nearly ten years ago to give you an indication of how old a device will be affected by this update. However, given that there are currently over three billion active Android smartphones in the wild, this shift will undoubtedly involve many users who are still using outdated technology.

According to Google, if you’re using Android 2.3.7 or older after September 27th, you’ll still be able to utilize some Google services if you’re logged in on your device’s browser. However, Google promises that devices running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) will continue to be able to log in to Google accounts, so if your older machine can be updated, you should.

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