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I currently use my new domain as additional domain for my free Google Apps account but I actually would like to use it as the primary one. Unfortunately I read that it is only possible to change the primary domain by creating a new account. This would mean I would have to start paying for the account (I actually only use the mail function).

Is there a possibility to keep the free account but change the domain?

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This actually is possible. I'd like to post as an answer, but I don't have the rep for it. Basically, you need to add a secondary domain (not an alias) and then execute this Google Directory API request: PUT https://www.googleapis.com/admin/directory/v1/customers/my_customer?fields=custo‌​merDomain&key={YOUR_API_KEY} {"customerDomain": "my_new_domain.com"}. More details at saysjen.com/…. – Charlie S Oct 30 '15 at 19:33
See my answer at webapps.stackexchange.com/a/86110/55243 for more info. – Charlie S Oct 30 '15 at 19:40
Someone wrote an article on how to do this: isaumya.com/… – Michael Cole Apr 6 at 17:10
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As you already read from the Google support pages:

at this time you can't change which domain is your primary domain.

You can't do it. So there is no way of "keeping" your free Google apps plan if you insist on changing the primary domain. However, keeping the primary domain is not usually a problem if all you want to do is change the "Organization name". You can change the Organization name under Domain Settings -> General. Once you add the new domain name to the account you can also log in at google.com/a/newdomainname.com.

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What if "primarydomain.com" expires, but linked "newdomain.com" does not? Can you still continue to use newdomain? IMHO discontinuing free GAFYD is just a really crap decision by google. F them. – g33kz0r Aug 13 '13 at 19:52
@g33kz0r I have an expired domain for 2 years as my primary domain. I can't receive emails from that domain obviously, but the account in general is fine. – Andrew Wei Feb 26 '14 at 22:03
You should be careful with that. If someone else registers your expired domain, they can use the CNAME records to reset account password and take control of your account. Related reading : techcrunch.com/2011/05/18/… – Error Mar 4 '14 at 14:58
The page now gives instructions on how to change the Primary domain with the Directory API, but this looks pretty advanced with no safety net. Anyone tried this? – Michael Cole Apr 6 at 17:05

If you use Google Apps Acounts with expired domains, the new owner can get the control of Google Apps Account.

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What reference do you have to back this up? – Andrew Lott Oct 18 '13 at 23:29
technically this could be true.. the new owner of the domain would have to know what email address he will have to create though, although when you login with any email address from that domain google will already tell you what email the manager's is. – xorinzor Jan 6 '14 at 1:55
I usually do with my clients. support.google.com/a/answer/33561?hl=en You can reset your admin password with domain verification. – Isaac Chargoy Vivaldo Jan 21 '14 at 23:57
This is the direct url for domain verification: google.com/a/cpanel/DOMAIN.COM/VerifyAdminAccountPasswordReset – Isaac Chargoy Vivaldo Jan 28 '14 at 20:21

I have running accounts where the primary domain is actually expired and use them via additional names and everything seems to work (for now).

Google is obviously "cleaning" old apps free accounts at the moment so perhaps they one day decide to check the primary domain against root domain server but I doubt they deactivate them if that account also includes active additional domain names.

By the way the "domains" feature is sort of "hidden" now under "More Tools" (bottom of screen) on the main icons admin screen.

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As I posted in response to another comment above, If someone else registers your expired domain, they can use the CNAME records to reset account password and take control of your account. Related reading : techcrunch.com/2011/05/18/… – Error Mar 4 '14 at 14:59

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