Google+ Will Officially Shut Down on April 2

Google Plus service will be closed from April 2

It’s official! Google is finally shutting down its social media service, and the purging date of all Google Plus accounts and pages is set for April 2. In fact, the search engine giant will start retiring its services as early as February 4. This will take away the option for users to “create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events”.

Google+ Shutting Down 
The US-headquartered technology company is laying out detailed guidelines for your data. You can find guides on how to export, download and safeguard your photos, videos and archives.

The main reason it’s shutting the social arm down, noting its low usage in a blog post announcing the end date. That, coupled with the struggle to live up to expectations and security concerns, has made Google+ simply not worth keeping around.

Google did not directly address the security concerns in its post, but a security flaw left nearly 500,000 users data exposed to third-party app developers. After that was fixed, another issue was found, which led to an earlier shutdown date in April. Now, Google has revealed its full timeline to wind down the service.

The change means all Google+ accounts and pages will be deleted. Anyone with photos or other content they’d like to save on their account should download and save those files prior to the shutdown. Photos and videos will be backed up to Google Photos. However, any other posts or content on Google+ pages will be gone.

In an official post, the company said, "On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts. Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. You can download and save your content, just make sure to do so before April. Note that photos and videos backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted."

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