Important Changes to Less Secure Apps & Account Recovery Management in the Admin console2020-03-12T15:54:53+00:00

Project Description

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Google is making some updates to how you manage less secure app (LSA) settings and account recovery (AR) settings in the Google Workspace Admin console.

This is part of a wider migration of Google’s Admin console pages to a simplified and more streamlined experience, and will affect the sections at Admin console > Security > Settings > Less Secure Apps and Admin console > Security > Settings > Account Recovery. In those sections you may notice:

  • An updated interface, which reorganizes the settings to make them easier to find and change.
  • A new system to apply group-based policies in these areas. As a result of this change, existing settings will be migrated to the new system. See “Additional details” below for more information.

Who’s impacted


Why it’s important

The interface updates will make security settings more findable and scannable, reducing the number of clicks it takes to manage these settings.

The new group-based policy system is the same one used in other areas of the Admin console and so should be more familiar and intuitive than the legacy system.

The new system allows for multiple group based policies to be applied in a single UI view, and makes it possible to manage policies exclusively using groups, instead of a combination of OU-based policy with group-based exceptions.

Additional details

As part of migrating LSA and AR pages to the new UI, Google will migrate any currently applied group-based policies to the new groups-based system. This migration will have no functional impact for most customers.

However, for a very small number of organizations (specifically those that currently have group based policies for LSA and AR applied at child-OU levels,) this transition may impact your existing settings.

Google will email the primary admin at affected domains with more details on how it will do the transition, and instructions for how to prepare. If you don’t receive an email, no action is required.

Getting started

Admins: Existing policies will be migrated to the new group-based policy system automatically unless you’re notified by email (see “Additional details” above). Visit the Help Center to learn more about using groups to manage Admin console settingscontrolling access to LSAs, or setting up account recovery for users.

End users: There is no end-user impact unless admins change settings applied to them.

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Rollout pace


  • Available to all Google Workspace customers
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