Please check in often for updated service announcements.
DCE Students can automatically claim G.harvard accounts
January, 13 2016
The ability to self-claim your Google Apps For Harvard account is now enabled for DCE students. Please see our updated DCE Opt-in Instructions to learn how to claim your Google Apps For Harvard account. Note: FAS, SEAS, and HUIT must still submit a request.
Account setup change
November 15, 2015
The ability to self-service create your Google Apps For Harvard account has been temporarily disabled. Please see our updated Getting Started instructions for more information on how you can request your Google Apps For Harvard account.
Google Calendar Issues
November 4, 2015
Google confirmed resolution of this issue as of 1:25 PM. Google Calendar service has already been restored for some users, and Google expects a resolution for all users within the next 1 hour. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change. For more information visit the Google Apps Status Dashboard.
Google Sheets Performance Issues
March 13, 2015
Google has reported performance issues using
Google Sheets (Spreadsheets). Affected users will notice errors and
latency when accessing Google Sheets.
Google Plus Outage
October 22, 2015
Between 10:30PM on
October 21 and 4:00AM on October 22 Google Plus and its associated applications
experienced several outages. GMail, Google Drive and Google Hangouts were
included, however these services experienced brief down time. The issue has
been resolved as of 4AM, October 22. All Google services are currently up and
running. For more information visit the Google Apps Status Dashboard.
Google Addresses Password Security Breach
September 10, 2014
Approximately five million user names and passwords were recently published on a Russian Bitcoin site. Google says that there is no evidence that their servers were breached. Click here to review recent activity for your g.harvard account. Please read Google's latest security blog for more information: http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/.
Chrome Sync and Google TakeOut Available for G.harvard Users
September 3, 2014
ChromeSync and Google TakeOut are now available for g.harvard users. You may now sync your g.harvard account to all your devices through ChromeSync. G.harvard users may also download their g.harvard data using Google TakeOut. For more information on TakeOut, please visit Google's Download your Data page.
Google Drive Service Interruption
June 4, 2014
Between 10:32am and 11:42am some users may have experienced slowness, latency issues, and/or received 'server not found' errors when accessing drive.google.com. Google believes that they have found the root of the issue and that it is mainly resolved. If you experience issues accessing Google Drive please contact the HUIT Service Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or x5-7777.
YouTube Available for G.harvard Users
March 31, 2014
You can now access the YouTube application from your Google Apps for Harvard account. When you sign into YouTube with your g.harvard account, you can take advantage of many YouTube features including liking videos, save favorites, subscribe to channels, watch Later, watch history & flag videos.
YouTube will also be able to personalize video recommendations based on the videos you have liked and watched and your subscriptions.
Unless you create a channel, you won't have a public presence on YouTube. Your activity is fully private. If you'd like to upload your own videos, comment on videos, or create playlists, you can create a YouTube Channel at any time. If you already have an existing YouTube Channel that you would like to manage with your g.harvard account please click here: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/4628007 for instructions.
For more information subscribe to the YouTube Help Channel.
Beware of Phishing Schemes
March 18, 2014
Recently a scheme has been reported where users receive a message with the subject line "Documents." Users click on the link and get a very convincing Google log in page. Google has confirmed that this scheme has been shut down. However if you receive email from someone you don't know, don't open it.
GMail Service Disruption - Resolved
January 24, 2014
3:23PM The Google environment has been restored to normal operation.
2:17PM - Google is reporting disruption in email service resulting in some users not being able to access Gmail. For more information please visit the Google Apps Status Dashboard.
New Apps available on g.harvard
November 15, 2013
Users in the g.harvard domain now have access to four new apps:
||Fusion Tables allows users to break out of their information silo! Fusion Tables is an experimental data visualization web application to gather, visualize, and share larger data tables. Create charts and graphs using hundreds of lines of your data. Share the only the data you want to share, and more.
||Google Maps – Discover more with every click. The entire map is now interactive. Clicking anywhere will focus the map on that location and show you helpful things, like related places and the best ways to get there. Learn more about how to integrate Google Maps with your G.harvard account.
||Google Moderator allows you to create a series about anything that you are interested in discussing and open it up for people to submit questions, ideas, or suggestions. These are called submissions. Learn more about Google Moderator.
||Google News is a computer-generated news site that aggregates headlines from news sources worldwide, and groups similar stories together and displays them according to each reader's personalized interests. Learn how to personalize your Google News
New Google Bar and Apps Grid now available
November 5, 2013
Google has developed a new navigation bar that streamlines your experience across products and devices. Google has also made a change to the color of the navigation bar. Many people have become used to the black navigation bar that appears the top. Now that bar is light gray. Your g.harvard and Google+ products are now accessible under a new app launcher.
The apps grid is now located at the top right of the screen next to the Google+ bell alert icon. Android and Chromebooks device users should be familiar with the apps grid. The apps grid allows easy access to switch between various Google properties, such as between Gmail, Google Maps, Google News, and Google search.
The Google apps grid can be easily customized in your Chrome browser, so you can add shortcuts to the Google apps you use most frequently. To download the App Launcher Customizer for Google click here. You must have Chrome as your browser to use the Customizer.
For more information please check out the Google Blog.
Google Plus Now Available for g.harvard
October 7, 2013
Google Plus (Google+) is now available for your g.harvard account! After you opt-in to Google+, you will be able to access a suite of easy to use and impactful collaboration and social networking tools. With this application you can can create and join one-on-one and group video discussions, share your desktop and join communities and special interest groups. Google+ is a consumer application and you must agree to Google’s Consumer Terms of Service to use the application. Please review the Google+ FAQ here for more information regarding privacy and best practices. If you choose to opt-in we strongly suggest you review your Google+ ‘Profile and privacy’ and your ‘Google+’ settings. To opt-in to the service now, click here.
Gmail Delivery Delays and Download Issues
September 23, 2013
Throughout the day, Gmail has been working on issues that have caused mail slowness and download issues for some users. As of 4:00 EST Gmail message delivery delays and attachment download issues have been corrected for most affected users. Google still expects a small and declining number of messages to be affected for the next 3 hours as the remaining delivery backlog is cleared. Google is working on several options to accelerate the process and will provide more information when we have an updated time estimate. Google is working on several options to accelerate the process and will provide more information when we have an updated time estimate.
For more information and updates check the Google Apps Status Dashboard.
Welcome Extension School students!
August, 7, 2013
Welcome Extension School students! Harvard Extension School students can now opt-in to a Google Apps account in g.harvard.edu.
- For registering/incoming Extension School students you will first need to create your FAS account by clicking the Create my account link. Once you have completed creating your FAS account you will then need to opt-in to the Google Apps service. Please see step #8 in the Getting Started page for details on how to opt-in once you've created your FAS account. At the end of the process you will have an FAS username and password to access Harvard computer accounts (computer labs,etc.). Your GMAIL account will be created when you opt in to the service. Your email address will be your_FAS_username@g.harvard.edu. For more information please visit our Harvard DCE Extension and Summer School Student FAQ and our Extension and Summer School Getting Started pages.
- Extension School degree and diploma candidates and others with existing FAS computer and email accounts can opt-in to the service by visiting the Getting Started page for detailed instructions. Once you've completed the opt-in process a GMAIL account will be automatically created upon opting in to the service.
Google Groups Available
April 26, 2013
Google Groups is now available for Harvard University. With Google
Groups, you can create online and email-based groups and more:
- Communicate and collaborate with groups of people. For example,
groups can be useful for classes, departments, project teams, office
locations, special-interest groups, and more.
- Manage access to your documents, sites, and calendars. Users can
share their content with groups instead of entering individual
- Group owners can add or remove members, and the changes are
immediately applied to shared documents, sites, videos, and calendars.
- Read group posts through email, the online interface, or both.
To get started with Google Groups as a regular participant, learn how to find and join a group
If you want to start your own group, log into your g.harvard account and click here
April 17, 2013
11:23AM: The entire Google environment has been restored to normal operation.
11:02AM: All user functionalty appears to be operational. Administrative functions are still experiencing disruption.
9:55AM: Between 8:45 and 9:50 this morning there was a system-wide
outage at Google which impacted GMail and Google Apps, including the
GDrive and Calendaring. Google Calendar is back and fully functional.
GMail and GDrive are still experiencing some disruption, but in most
cases appear to be functional.
8:45AM:Google is currently experiencing system-wide Gmail and Google
Apps outages. The Collaboration Tools Team is working with Google to try
to resolve these issues.
Thank you for your patience.
Google Drive Issues Reported
March 18, 2013
12:35PM: Google has restored Google Drive to normal operation.
11:30AM: Google has notified us that they are aware of a problem with
Google Drive affecting a significant subset of users. The affected users
are unable to access Google Drive. They hope to have this issue
resolved sometime this afternoon.
IdM Maintenance Announcement
March 6, 2013
From Friday, March 8th, at 5:00 PM through Saturday, March 9th, at
8:00 PM Harvard will be performing necessary maintenance on the IDM
system that feeds user information into Google Apps for Harvard.
Existing user accounts will continue to operate normally for the
duration of this maintenance however password resets and new user opt-in
will not be possible. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you
for your patience.
Please contact us at 617-495-7777 or email@example.com if you have
any questions regarding this maintenance or experience any issues after
the maintenance period.
January 16, 2013
In an effort to make the Google Apps For Harvard a University wide
collaboration space, HUIT welcomes the Harvard Law School. Beginning
Friday, January 18th, Harvard Law School will start migrating students
and alumni to the Google Apps For Harvard environment. Users will begin
to 'see' Law users and additional user domains in Google's Directory and
when selecting users with whom to collaborate with.
January 7, 2013
Google Analytics is now available for Google Apps For Harvard users.
Google Analytics is a free service that generates detailed statistics
about the visits to a web site and can be used to track Google Sites
traffic and other 3rd party web site traffic. For information regarding
the service please click here
Google ends support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 8
December 20, 2012
Google ends support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 8. On January
15, 2013, users accessing Google Apps using Microsoft Internet Explorer 8
(IE8) will see a number of changes. Click here
for a list of supported browsers.
Calendar Sharing & Enhanced Permissions
November 8, 2012
Calendar Sharing and enhanced permissions. We have enabled enhanced
Calendar Sharing controls as a result of overwhelming feedback from
Google Apps For Harvard users. These new controls allow users to share
primary and secondary calendars to the public or with specific users
inclusive or exclusive of the g.harvard.edu domain.
Welcome to Google Apps For Harvard!
September 3, 2012
Welcome to Google Apps For Harvard. Google Apps for Harvard
provides members of FAS a suite of online tools for collaboration and
communication, for use in confidential teaching, learning and
research. With it, you can collaborate on word-processing and
spreadsheet documents, conduct live online chats with members of the
Harvard community, create simple websites, and more.