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Student Uses & Features

Students were the first group to have access to the core services of UConn Google Apps. This process started in Fall of 2011 and continues to evolve to this day. It was originally selected as the email replacement for the old HuskyMail system, but has since grown far beyond that. Google only uses Gmail as their core portal to gain access to the full suite of apps that they offer. Utilizing all of these applications in unison is the key to being fully prepared for your education at UConn. Polling students we have come up with some of the most common uses for the everyday student.


Utilize Gmail to organize emails into different groups depending on sender – student job, class, friends, student groups you participate in – take this on the go by syncing Gmail to your mobile device

Sync class and school schedules with Google Calendar – take Google Calendar with you by setting up with mobile device

Use Forms in Google Drive to collect data from other students on homework or projects

Collaborating and working on Group Project documents through Google Drive – stop saving files and sending them back and forth through email

Working on a project document online in Google Drive from all different places in real time – see revision and comment history as you work

Storing all project documents in Google Drive to rate fellow group members on participation once project is completed

Discussing homework questions through Google Hangout – chat or use the video chat feature

Creating a personal landing page (extended resume) on the web through Google Sites

Setting up a discussion thread through Google Groups to see where everyone wants to eat on Friday night
Common Questions
How do I access my UConn Google Apps Account?
As a student you will be notified that you have a Google Apps account once you confirm your acceptance to the university. At this point you will navigate to and set up your account password by using your NetID and password to log into the Activate/Reset Password link. Once this is completed you will use these credentials to log into Google Apps. Make sure you are using your as a username.
How do I reset my Google Apps password if I forgot it?
If you forget your password simply navigate to and click the Activate/Reset Password link. Once you log in with your NetID and password you can set up a new Google Apps password.
Will I have access to my account after I graduate?
Yes, you will have access to your UConn Google Apps account after you graduate. Currently student email accounts are not set to expire. If you think you will stop using your student email address after graduating please keep in mind that email cannot be taken out of Gmail – only data in other applications. Please follow the steps in How to Use Google Takeout in order to backup all your files from your Google Account.
What happens if I leave the university?
If you leave the university for any reason outside of graduation your account will only exist until the end of the month you left. This means that you need to stop using your UConn email address as soon as possible and move to migrate your data following the same steps in How to Use Google Takeout.
Can I log into more than one Google account at the same time?
Google Apps allows you to have multiple accounts logged in at the same time. Once you log into your Gmail account click your user account which is next to the Share button. The option will show up to add an account. When you click on that it will prompt you to log into another account. A good strategy is to be logged into both a personal account and your student account depending on what you want to do. Just make sure you use your resources for the correct task if you are doing this.
How can I forward my email to another account?
It is also a good strategy to forward your UConn Google Apps email to another account if you are worried about losing the account in the future. You can do this when you are signed into Gmail by navigating to the settings button (Gear icon in upper right hand corner). On the drop down menu click on settings and then select the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab. Click the Add a forwarding address and input the email address you would like your mail forwarded to. You will receive a confirmation code in the other email inbox which you need to put in to verify with Gmail. Once that is completed all your emails should be forwarded to your secondary email address.
How much cloud storage space do I have on Google Drive?
A normal Google account receives 5GB of storage shared between Gmail and Google Drive. However, with UConn Google Apps for Education account that storage is increased to 30GB which is significantly larger. Keep that in mind for later when you want to download or migrate your files once your account goes away.
Why are certain Google Apps not working for me using my UConn account?
Core Services are enabled by default when students are given their UConn Google Apps account. These services are protected under university contract and cannot be data mined by any Google service. This means that anything outside of the 6 main services (Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Hangouts, Sites, Groups) may not work when signed in with your account. If you would like full access to all the applications that Google offers then you may opt-in to Google Apps Public Services. Please note that Public Services does not fall under the same contract and you have to agree to a different user level agreement when you opt-in.
Google Apps in Focus
“Google Apps has helped me stay more organized with my schoolwork and schedule. I am able to sync everything across all my devices – my laptop, tablet and phone” – Daniel M., MIS Major, Class of ’14

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