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How to use third-party add-ons in Google


3.0 - Updated on 2024-06-05 by Sarah Bailey

2.0 - Updated on 2024-06-05 by Jen Bellenger

1.0 - Authored on 2017-05-04 by Jen Bellenger

Add-ons are tools built by third-party developers that provide extra features and enhancements to Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms. While add-ons are convenient, they do pose privacy and security concerns because they are not supported or covered by the core services agreement between UC Berkeley and Google. Each add-on has its own terms of service that the user is responsible for agreeing to, and may expose data to the third-party developer unintentionally. Additionally, add-ons must be approved by a UC Berkeley Google Workspace Administrator before it can be installed on your account. Pre-approved add-ons can be found in the "Approved for you" category of Google Workspace marketplace. Make sure you're logged into your UC Berkeley account before viewing.

If you decide to use an add-on, extension, or app with your UC Berkeley Google account, you will need to agree to the terms, and will be proceeding at your own risk. Therefore, it is your responsibility to safeguard against any unwarranted or overreaching access to your Google account info. You can manage and remove apps that have access to your Google account here:

Note: third-party add-ons in Google are not supported by Campus IT staff. If you encounter issues, you will need to contact that vendor for support. 

bConnected users are strongly encouraged to only expose UC P1 (formerly UCB Level 0)(public) data when using Google add-ons, extensions, or apps that connect to your UC Berkeley Google account. A best practice would be to install the add-on using a departmental Special Purpose Account that does not have sensitive content stored within bDrive.

Read more about using add-ons in Google.