Friday, May 5, 2023

Turn access to Bard on or off for your users

[Update - February 21, 2024]: Bard is now Gemini — for more information, see the latest article on the Workspace Updates blog and our Help Center for more information on turning Gemini on or off for your users.

What’s changing 

Earlier this year, we announced Bard, an early experiment by Google that lets you collaborate with generative AI. As a creative and helpful collaborator, Bard can supercharge your imagination, boost your productivity, and help you bring your ideas to life. 

In the coming days, Google Workspace admins will be able to turn access to Bard on for their users, in the Admin console under Apps > Additional Google services > Early Access Apps.

Note: At first, Bard will be the only service managed by the Early Access Apps control. Over time, we may be adding other services under this control.

Turning Early Access Apps on or off in the Admin Console

Who’s impacted 

Admins and end users 

Why it’s important 

At introduction, Bard was available to users with personal Google Accounts. Beginning today, Workspace admins will have the option to open up access to Bard for their end users through the newly introduced Early Access Apps control. Note that Bard is separate from the AI powered innovations we’re working on for Google Workspace — stay tuned to the Workspace Updates blog for more information about Workspace specific features.

Additional details 

Regional Availability 
The admin control to enable or disable access to Bard will be available for all Google Workspace customers, even if Bard isn’t available in your country yet. That means that even if Early Access Apps are turned on for your organization, users located in countries in which Bard is not available will not be able to access the service.

Getting started

  • Admins
    • This feature will be OFF by default and can be enabled at domain, OU, or group level. Visit the Help Center to learn more about turning Early Access Apps on or off for users.
    • Access to core services in Google Workspace by Early Access Apps is off by default
    • Note: Services and features managed by the Early Access Apps control are Additional Services and are not covered under your Google Workspace agreement, Data Processing Agreement, or HIPAA Business Associate Addendum. When you turn on the Early Access Apps control, your organization’s end users will gain access to new and experimental features and services — visit our Help Center for more details.

  • End users: If enabled by your admin, visit the Help Center to learn more about using Bard.

Rollout pace


  • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers
  • Not available for any Google Workspace for Education accounts designated as under 18. Use this article in our Help Center for more information.