ACTION REQUIRED: Use of UW Google with Shared UW NetIDs ends August 29, 2023

May 11, 2023

A version of this reminder message was sent to owners and administrators of Shared UW NetIDs with a UW Google account on April 25, 2023. Messages included a customized list of Shared UW NetIDs, owned or administered by the recipient, and associated with UW Google services.


As communicated in March 2022, due to changes to the UW Google service, the use of UW Google with Shared UW NetIDs will be eliminated, effective August 29, 2023. The UW Google service includes YouTube, among other frequently used tools. Owners of Shared UW NetIDs with UW Google service accounts must migrate data from these services or delete data that is no longer needed (according to the UW Records Retention schedule and the UW Medicine Records Retention schedule).

Any data that is not removed from these services will be deleted after August 29, 2023.

Please note that Shared UW NetIDs are not being deleted; only UW Google accounts and services for Shared UW NetIDs are being deleted.

What is happening?

In 2021, Google announced significant changes to their Google Workspace for Education product and how it is licensed. These changes, detailed on IT Connect, have major implications for UW-IT’s ability to provide UW Google (aka Google Workspace for Education, formerly known as G Suite and Google Apps) to the UW.

Google now considers the use of Shared UW NetIDs — widely used to support teaching, student activities, research, public outreach and business processes across the UW and with external partners — a violation of its Acceptable Use Policy and will be prohibiting their use. To comply with Google’s new requirements, the UW must discontinue the use of UW Google with Shared UW NetIDs.

As a first step toward compliance with Google’s new requirements, UW-IT discontinued the creation of new UW Google accounts for Shared UW NetIDs in August 2021. Owners and administrators of Shared UW NetIDs with existing UW Google accounts should begin planning to migrate data from these accounts.

What do I need to do?

  1. Review the lists of Shared UW NetIDs that you administer at the end of this message.
  2. Create a migration plan for email, files and business processes that must be retained.
  3. Review alternatives to UW Google for Shared UW NetIDs.

If the UW Google account is no longer needed, the owner should revoke access to UW Google services for the account using the Provisioning Request Tool (PRT). This will delete the UW Google account and data.

Is it possible to pay to keep services associated with Shared UW NetIDs?

No, it is not possible. The removal of Shared UW NetIDs from use with Google services is driven by the requirement to comply with Google’s new terms of service, which define the use of Shared UW NetIDs as a violation of Google’s acceptable use policy.

When do I need to migrate my data?

All data that needs to be preserved in UW Google accounts for Shared UW NetIDs must be moved to a new location by August 29, 2023. All UW Google accounts and data for Shared UW NetIDs will be deleted after that date. UW-IT recommends that you begin work now to create a data migration plan.

Can UW-IT help me migrate my data?

Unfortunately, due to limited resources, UW-IT is unable to offer individualized data migration consulting or assistance. Your department’s IT group is your best resource for assistance and recommendations.

Review alternatives to UW Google for Shared UW NetIDs and data migration guides

Can I stop receiving these reminders?

You will receive periodic reminders about moving content from the affected UW Google accounts. If you prefer not to receive these messages, the owner of a Shared UW NetID can delete the UW Google account for a Shared UW NetID using the Provisioning Request Tool (PRT) by clicking “Revoke” next to the service. This will delete the UW Google account and all data.

Please note that only an owner of a Shared UW NetID will see it listed in the PRT and can act; Shared UW NetID administrators will not see the Shared UW NetID listed in the PRT and cannot perform this action.


Please contact the UW-IT Technology Service Center at or 206-221-5000 with questions about the UW Google Changes Project.