Migrating to G Suite: Fit

Although I’m not a particularly active person, I do use a Wear OS watch (currently a Fossil Gen 5, which I recommend). As a result, that, along with my Pixel 2, are constantly trying to track my activity.

I had configured Wear OS to use my G Suite Basic account and the watch was constantly throwing me authentication errors. I’ve ignored them for a while but finally took a little time to dig into it.

I was originally thinking that G Suite accounts simply didn’t support Google Fit, but it turns out it has to do with G Suite’s device management.

According to this post on the Wear OS community forums…

From Google Admin:

  1. Go to Device Management -> Setup -> Mobile Management and verify that Mobile Management, if enabled, is set to “Basic”
  2.  Go to Device Management -> Password Policies and disable “Requires users to set a password”

This did the trick for me – thank you, ricerocket!

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Migrating to G Suite: Keep

Dec. 2020 Update:
After completing this migration to Google Keep and working with it for the year, I’ve decided to bail on it because
a) the way it presents your note collection is very clunky and limiting and b) the lack of basic formatting options was killing me.

Check out Migrating from Google Keep to Evernote to learn how I moved off of Google Keep (relatively) painlessly!

Google Keep – Google’s answer to Evernote – is a great way to organize notes, links and other miscellaneous bits of info.

Unfortunately, Google Takeout doesn’t do a good job of exporting this info – it basically saves each note as an HTML file with no way to import them in to a new account.

So, similar to how I migrated my custom maps, the play here is to do the following:

  1. From the original account, open each note and add the new G Suite account as a “collaborator”
  2. In the new (G Suite) account, select each newly-shared note and “Make a copy” of them
  3. With the shared notes still selected, now “Delete notes”
  4. Finally, select your copies and “Change labels” to label them

Here are a few pointers to minimize the pain of doing this:

  1. Start by organizing your original collection of notes with labels – preferably a single label per-note. Why? because I found this process to be a bit easier to go through if I did the share/copy/delete routine label-by label. Once I got one group of notes over to the new account then I could, en masse, assign them the same label as they had in the old account (as described by Step #4 above)
  2. Make sure every note has a label so that you don’t miss any as you go through this process
  3. Leave your original collection intact until you can verify that you got all of them successfully copied over to your G Suite account

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Migrating to G Suite: Voice

Google Voice is one of their lesser-known tools but I find it invaluable – basically, you can get a free, local phone number that functions as a virtual phone, one that can call out, receive calls, record (and transcribe) voicemail and send/receive texts, all from a browser (or the Android/iOS mobile app).

If you’re considering migrating a Google Voice number, The first thing to be aware of is that, although they’re free for personal Google accounts, it’s a paid add-on for all versions of G Suite for Business ($10 per line per month).

To move an existing number, the first thing to do is to unlock the phone number of your current (free) Google Voice number. You can do that by going to https://www.google.com/voice/b/0/unlock.

Once that’s done, set yourself up with the Google Voice service in your Google Admin console and port the number in according to these instructions.

It’s worth noting that existing text messages and voicemail recordings are not migrated to the new G Suite-based account. In fact, I’m unclear whether or not they are actually deleted once the number is ported out, so best to export the data using Google Takeout before proceeding with the number port.


There seems to be some conflicting information online about this process… here’s an article from Google that suggests that personal Google Voice numbers can’t be ported to G Suite accounts in the first place…


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