How to prepare for the Google App Maker shutdown on January 19, 2021

David Moore

David Moore

March 2, 2020

Google recently announced that they will be shutting down App Maker on January 19, 2021. Here is how to find out if your organization will be impacted and what action you may need to take to ensure you do not lose critical functionality or data.

What is the App Maker shutdown & why is it happening

Due to low usage, Google App Maker will be turned down gradually over the course of 2020 and officially shut down on January 19, 2021. Prior to the shutdown, you’ll need to review App Maker usage in your domain and take any necessary action.

See the Additional details section below for a timeline of the shutdown and alternatives you can deploy in your organization.

Timing of the App Maker shutdown

Google App Maker will not be immediately shutdown, it will be disabled gradually in three steps according to the schedule below:

  1. January 27, 2020: Google announces plans to shutdown App Maker. Though App Maker is no longer under active development, the service will continue to be maintained and existing apps will continue to work. 
  2. April 15, 2020: You will no longer be able to create new App Maker apps but you will still be able to edit and deploy existing apps.
  3. January 19, 2021: Existing App Maker apps will stop working and you will no longer have access to them. App maker data stored in Cloud SQL will remain unchanged and continue to follow the policies established by your Google Cloud Platform (GCP) account.

How do you know if you will be impacted by the App Maker Shutdown?

The primary admin of your domain should have already received an email from Google that contained a CSV file with the list of the App Maker apps being used in your organization. This list includes the application name, creator name, and last modified date for each app along with a link to your Admin console with application-specific usage stats and project information.

What to do if you have apps built with App Maker

Start by notifying app creators in your domain to alert them of the upcoming shutdown and start planning for alternative solutions. For any apps that you have created with App Maker, make sure to export the app, delete it in App Maker, and delete the associated Cloud project before January 19, 2021. App Maker user data is stored in CloudSQL and Google says it will continue to be retained according to the policies established by your GCP account so any data composing the App Maker app itself will be exportable until January 19, 2021. 

Let Wursta keep your critical Apps built with App Maker running

  • Automating complex business processes: Use AppSheet. App Maker data is stored in Cloud SQL, and App Sheet supports Cloud SQL databases so you can build an application on the existing database tied to your App Maker app.
  • Developing apps: Use App Engine to build and deploy Google Cloud Platform (GCP) applications. App Maker data is stored in Cloud SQL, allowing you to build an App Engine application on the existing Cloud SQL database tied to your App Maker app.
  • Data collection: Use Google Forms, which has many new features that were not available when App Maker launched.

Contact us to learn more about how Wursta can help you prepare for the App Maker shut down.

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David Moore

David Moore

March 2, 2020

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