U-M Google Benefits for Alumni

Did you know that U-M alumni now have access to Google Apps after they graduate?

See this IT Services page for info:

In order to access these benefits, you will need a U-M uniqname, so if you don’t yet have one, visit this page to request one:

In order to access these benefits, log in to Gmail or Google Drive or any of the other Google at U-M Apps using your U-M email address (uniqname@umich.edu) and your U-M password.

If Google does not recognize your login ID, and if you attended U-M before students were given access to Google Apps, then you may be out of luck.

On the other hand, it’s worth a call to the ITS Service Center at 734-764-HELP (4357) to see if they can set you up anyway. In my case, they were happy to oblige, and it only took a few minutes.

If you currently have your U-M email address forwarded to somewhere else, then you will need to undo that forwarding before you will be able to send and receive email at your U-M address using Gmail. In my case, the helpful ITS person I spoke to was able to do that for me while I was on the phone with him.

Use of Google Drive is particularly noteworthy, since it appears that your umich.edu account comes with unlimited storage! At the time of this writing, Google typically only supplies 15 GB of storage for free, and charges consumers $9.99 a month for 2 TB of storage, so unlimited storage for free is quite a deal!

Once logged into Google Drive with your Web browser, click on the gear icon in the upper right and you should see an option to download Drive File Stream. You can then log in to Google Drive on your Mac or PC, and access the contents of your Google Drive from the Finder or Windows Explorer.

Thanks to U-M alum Brian Blankinship for this tip!

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