Here at groovyPost, I use Google Apps for Business to host all my email and documents online. Today while checking email, I noticed all these annoying ads and thought-
Why are there so many ads in my Gmail client??? I’m a paying Google Apps customer!
Turns out, Google Apps for business (perhaps edu version as well???) by default comes with ads enabled in the Gmail web client. Fortunately, disabling the ads is simple once you know where to look in the Google Apps Admin console so if you’re like me and don’t feel like giving Google free cash, follow the groovyPost step-by-step below.
Login to Google Apps for Business (or education) and click Domain Settings
Under the General Tab, check the box Hide all ads for – <your domain name>
It’s hard for me to imagine how Google justifies displaying ads by default to their paying business customers. Sure, for non-paying customers, that makes sense. But enabling the ads for paying customer? Sorry, it just feels dirty and dishonest. OK fine, perhaps if I was a huge company, and the ad revenue would offset my monthly bill for the service…. perhaps but I’m going to guess Google isn’t interested in messing with a good thing here.