Google's documentation gives instructions for configuring catch-all email addresses, and differentiates between how it works for "free" Google Apps and "other editions" (paid) Google Apps.

We have a grandfathered-free Google Apps setup, and I configured catch-all email long ago. Now I want to disable it, but it seems the option has been removed.

According to this page, email routing is no longer available in the "free" version of Google Apps. I've wandered-through the Google Admin Console and I can't seem to find a way to modify this configuration.

Am I stuck with this setting until we upgrade to paid-Google Apps?

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It's been a looooong time, but I just stumbled across the setting for the catch-all email address.

If you manage to get yourself to the Apps > G Suite > Settings for Gmail > Advanced settings page, it's listed at the bottom.

Changing the setting from Forward the email to... to Discard the email changes the behavior of incoming messages to bounce instead of being delivered to the (previous) catch-all email address.

I find the term "discard" to be misleading, because the message is not discarded -- it's bounced, which means something else entirely.

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