Ending support for older devices is a common thing with Companies. First, we have seen Microsoft ending support for its older Windows XP systems. Microsoft also has announced Windows 10 life with the launch of Windows 11. This time Google is going to end Sign-in support for Android devices having Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) or lower.
Google Ends Support for Gingerbread Phones
Being not able to sign in can be purely considered as dropping support for those Android devices. This new restriction for sign-in will come into effect from September 27. Majorly included Android devices are those which are running on:
- Android 1.0/ 1.1
- Android 1.5 Cupcake
- Android 1.6 Donut
- Android 2.0/ 2.1 Eclair
- Android 2.2 – 2.2.3 Froyo
- Android 2.3 – 2.3.7 Gingerbread
As per Google's support page, “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 in to 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,”.
In case you are wondering that you have a gingerbread device will it stop working? So here is the answer, Google points out some scenarios where you cannot log in or sign in to your Android device:
- Perform a factory reset of your device and try to sign in.
- Change your password either on the device or on a different device, which then signs you out everywhere else. When you try to sign in again, you will receive an error message.
- Remove your account from your device and re-add it.
- Create an account on the device.
This new restriction won't be affecting large people though if you are one of those people who are still using their old devices then you may worry. If you are planning to get a new device do try our Phone Suggester tool.