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This was long expected, but the thing I’m upset about is that AFAIK they still don’t have a migration tool to migrate everything to a regular personal account, and I feel like that might be strategic to try and get people to pay.
I’ve logged in to lots of sites using my Google account over the years. I stopped using Google/Twitter/FB login maybe 5 years ago, but there’s still a lot of services I signed up for before then with my Google account.
That plus my phone number (Google Voice), and over a decade of paid apps in the Play Store (from even back when it was called the Android Market), Docs, Sheets, contacts, calendar events plus YouTube playlists, likes, and watch history.
Ohh, this reminds me, another thing I thought of is that I have a few API tokens associated with this Google account. I guess all those apps will break unless I manually migrate them across
Also I have hundreds or maybe thousands of docs in my Google Apps account, and apparently right now it’s not possible to transfer ownership from a Google Apps user to a regular Google user… I hope they implement some method to do so.
I don’t think Cloudflare do emails?
Email forwarding is quite unreliable; I instead use an imapsync (or mbsync) cronjob to copy emails from one account to another.
SMTP2GO is pretty decent for outbound emails. Deliverability seems good. MXRoute is good too, and I think the lifetime deal is still around. I self-host my emails using Mailcow, but I have it configured to route outbound emails via MXroute.
Dang that sucks. I hope you find a way to resolve this problem. I’d highly recommend you find an alternative method to export it and don’t rely on Google building something to migrate it out for you. After all, they’re talking about sunsetting accounts, if they even built a tool like this it’d only be in use for a short period before it becomes obsolete again. I don’t think they can justify the manpower/time.
If you’re looking for free self-hosted email suite, take a look at Mailcow — it kills every other competitor. It has ALL the functions needed, it is correctly configured to combat spam (unlike popular iRedmail for example), it has a great web interface with advanced functions like 2FA, temporary/additional mail aliases, advanced mail routing, address rewriting, external email server IMAP sync, configurable spam filter per-user, and so on.
It has a drawbacks though: no releases (there are unnumbered docker containers which are built from git master), no thorough testing before making a docker build (switching php to php 7 broke several components and functions, which were fixed by the author only after building new docker container), new unexpected functions (the author added XMPP server, a bit odd handling of network access and network behavior per se (https://github.com/mailcow/mailcow-dockerized/issues/3929#issuecomment-757546104)
It also consumes a pretty lot of RAM. Authors recommend running it with 6 GB RAM+.
I’ve dabbled off and on with Mailcow. I always liked it. Super easy admin and, ya know the whole self-hosted thing. The only thing I don’t really like is having to update it weekly. Call me crazy, but MXRoute is waaaaay easier lol.
MXroute is the way to go. @Jarland Any chance of a special offer for GSuite refugees?
BTW another big loss is the Google Meet feature, as the free version forces all participants to log-in with their Google account.
I started forwarding from my personal domain to several family members gmail accounts via Cloudflare. Very easy to set up. There is no spam filtering or logfiles you can review. My fear is that at some point Gmail will start blocking Cloudflare for forwarding so much spam, but since it’s Cloudflare hopefully they are big enough and have a good enough reputation to work that out.
I use cloudflare beta to receive mail without any problems and it filtering as if still hosted with google apps. I respond with smtp server on vps. works great honestly I don’t have to worry about mail storage on vps.
Yes. The download rate limit is 2.5GB/day. There is also an upload limit of 500MB/day. Because, I was moving GWorkplace → Gmail, the upload limit is relevant. This upload limit is what wasn’t enforced.