G Suite license requirements for Groups for Business

This article is for G Suite administrators. To manage your own groups, visit the Google Groups help.

Groups for Business is a G Suite core service. As an administrator, you control your organization's settings for this service in the Google Admin console. Groups for Business settings, and your G Suite license type, determine what your organization can do in the Google Groups interface, groups.google.com.

License types, Groups for Business settings & features

G Suite license type Groups for Business setting What you can do in groups.google.com
Any G Suite license ON
  • Create groups
  • Manage group members and roles
  • Manage group permissions
  • View and edit group settings
  • Delete groups
G Suite Basic or higher - Upgrade to G Suite Basic ON

All of the above plus:

  • Post messages in the Groups UI
  • Archive group messages
  • Moderate group messages
Any G Suite license OFF
  • The Groups UI, groups.google.com, is not available to your organization. If the Google Groups additional service is on for your organization, however, users can still view external groups from their accounts in your organization. Learn more about additional Google services.
  • You can create email list groups in the Admin console or in the Groups API when Groups for Business is OFF. 

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