How To Disable GMAIL Ads in Google Apps for Business

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.

Step 1

Login to Google Apps for Business (or education) and click Domain Settings

Step 2

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.



  1. ShockerSh

    I like the ads personally. They help me buy crap i don’t need.

    As for the rest of my company…. Just filed a change control and disabled the ads. How long does it take to go into effect? Were still showing the ads in gmail and its been about 10 minutes.

    • MrGroove

      @Shocker – yeah, I noticed it didn’t take effect immediately either however after about an hour the ads vanished for me.

  2. SeanPalmer

    Never noticed the ads before but yeah, there they are Funny. Not a big deal. I use outlook at work anyway.

    Will forward to out IT guy.

    • MrGroove

      Yeah – I was probably staring at the ads for a year or more before I really “saw” them…. Gone now ;)

  3. Gouthaman Karunakaran

    The adverts. must have been hidden for paying users by default. Don’t be evil, Google. ;)

  4. Jane

    Huh.. I didn’t know they had ever shown ads to paying customers (google business). I believe they don’t do that now, but I was surprised to hear they ever did.

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