Control session length for Google Cloud Console and gcloud CLI now generally available

Quick Summary 

In 2019, we announced a beta that allows Google Workspace, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Cloud Identity admins to set a fixed session duration for specific apps and services. This is now generally available. After the session expires, users will need to re-enter their login credentials to continue to access: 

Giving admins more control over how often users need to re-authenticate makes it more difficult for the wrong people to obtain that data if they gain unauthorized access to a device. 

Visit the Help Center for more information about mobile apps and third-party identity providers.

Getting started

  • Admins: This feature will be OFF by default and can be enabled at the OU level. You can find session length controls at Admin console > Security > Google session control. Visit the Help Center to learn more about how to set session length for Google Cloud services
  • End users: If a session ends, users will simply need to log in to their account again using the familiar Google login flow. 

Rollout pace


  • Available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers, and Google Cloud Identity Free and Premium customers