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How to Control Third-Party App Access to Google Workspace Services

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Google Workspace administrators

As the admin, you can choose which of the core Google Workspace services can be connected to third-party apps by users in your account. 

For example, you may wish to prevent users from connecting third-party services to Gmail, but not to Google Drive or Calendar.

When to prevent third-party apps from connecting to Google Workspace services

  • When you want to enhance your Google Workspace users’ security.
  • To protect work data from being synced to third-party servers.

How to allow or prevent third-party apps from connecting to Google Workspace services step-by-step with images

Step 1

How to Control (Allow or Block) Third-Party App Access To Google Workspace Services - Step 1

In the Google Admin console at https://admin.google.com, click Security.

Step 2

How to Control (Allow or Block) Third-Party App Access To Google Workspace Services - Step 2

Select API controls.

Step 3

How to Control (Allow or Block) Third-Party App Access To Google Workspace Services - Step 3

Under Settings, type a short message to be displayed to users when they try connecting a third-party app to one of the Google Workspace core services you have restricted.

Click MANAGE GOOGLE SERVICES.

Step 4

How to Control (Allow or Block) Third-Party App Access To Google Workspace Services - Step 4

Select the Google Workspace service by checking the box to its left and click Change access on top. You can do this for multiple services at once.

Step 5

How to Control (Allow or Block) Third-Party App Access To Google Workspace Services - Step 5

Select Unrestricted to allow users to add third-party apps that connect to the service(s) you selected.

Select Restricted to allow only trusted apps to connect to Google Workspace accounts. Here’s how to add trusted apps to your allowlist.

Click CHANGE.

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