Google+ FAQ for administrators
OverviewWhat is Google+ for Work?
Google+ for Work is a social networking platform that lets users share information and collaborate with others, both inside and outside your organization. Learn more
Google+ for Work is the same core product as the consumer version with additional business features for both users and administrators. For details about the differences, see Google+ for Work business features.
With Google+ for work, administrators can restrict the use of Google+ to certain users, control whether posts or Hangouts can be held with people outside your organization, and manage users' social collaborations in a variety of other ways.
Users can easily post to everyone in your organization, hold Hangout video calls with larger groups, post securely within your organization, and more.
For a more detailed list of business features, see Google+ for Work business features.
A Google+ Profile lets users manage their online identity across all Google Apps products, and includes the user's name, biographical information, contact details, and more. It's visible to others both inside and outside your organization; however, users can choose which information in their profiles to share publicly or with just specific circles, and which information to keep private. Learn more about Google+ for Work Profiles
Google+ Pages provide businesses, products, brands, and organizations with a public identity and presence on Google+. Google+ Pages help businesses, for example, connect and interact with their customers. Other Google+ users can add Pages to their circles to receive updates in their streams. Learn more about Google+ Pages
Yes, your users can transfer all data from one Google+ profile to another, using the Google Takeout service:
Support and availabilityWhich versions of Google Apps has Google+ for Work?
Google+ is available with all versions of Google Apps.
You can get help online at the:
For more information, see Support for Google+.
To use Google+, you'll need to enable:
- Google Drive, for document sharing in Hangouts
- Google Calendar, for Google+ Events
- Google Talk, for instant messaging
- Picasa Web Albums, for photo sharing
HangoutsWhat are Hangouts?
The Hangouts feature is included with Google+ for Work and provides multi-user video conferencing with coworkers or other Google+ users in your circles. Hangouts provide screen sharing and integrate with Google Drive for collaborative editing. Learn more
Hangouts On Air let users broadcast a Hangouts video call, making them ideal for large presentations, demonstrations, or lectures. Learn more
Google+ Events let users schedule events in Google+ and allow attendees to contribute photos in a shared album. Learn more
Yes, your users can use Google+ on mobile devices, using either a native app or a mobile web browser. Learn more
However, as an administrator, you can manage the availability of Google+ to your users and may have access to their Google+ data, depending on your organization's own policies. We suggest that you inform your users of any applicable policies your organization may have.
For details about what information is private and public, and how users can control visibility of their data, see the Safety center in the Google+ Help Center.
No, Google+ doesn't include controls for limiting sharing with others outside your organization. However, users can choose to restrict their posts to your organization only. This also prevents anyone from re-sharing their posts with external users. You can also make restricted posts the default for your users, so if they do choose to share a post with external users, they'll need to remove the restriction before posting.
Learn more about Google+ for Work business features
Administrators can restrict their users from Hangouts text chat outside of their domain but users can start or join Hangouts video calls with any other Google+ users, both inside and outside your organization.
Hangouts video calls are private to your domain by default, but external participants can also join. Learn more.
No, any users for whom you've enabled Google+ (and who've signed up) can set up Google+ Pages.
As an administrator, you have on/off control for Google+ for your whole company or for organizational units within it. Learn more.
Because users access Google+ through their Google Apps accounts, Google+ data is owned by either your organization or the user, depending on your organization's data policies.
Yes, if you delete a user's Google Apps account, all that user's Google+ for Work data will be deleted from the Google+ service, including the user's profile, posts, and photos.
Enabling and disabling Google+How do I turn on Google+ for Work for my users?
You can turn the service on or off in your Google Admin console. For details, see Turn Google+ on or off for users.
Yes, you can turn on Google+ just for some users by placing their accounts in specific organizational units. For details, see Add an organizational unit.
- To enable Google+ for users in all your domains, turn on Google+ for your top-level organization unit.
- To turn on Google+ only for users in some domains, place domain-specific accounts in their own organizational unit (org). Then turn on Google+ for just that org. For details, see Managing multiple domains or Add an organizational unit.
No. You need to sign up your domain for Google Apps, because users need to sign in to the service using their domain email address.
Yes. After you sign up your domain for Google Apps, you can turn off the services you don't want to use. However, you need to keep the following services turned on, because they're required for Google+:
- Google Calendar
- Google Drive
- Google Talk
- Picasa Web Albums
Learn to turn services on or off.
No. When users join Google+ and follow the defaults in the sign-up process, no data is moved from existing services into new services.
If a user already signed up for a personal Google+ account using his or her personal email address, the user can continue using that account.
If you disable Google+, your users can no longer sign in to Google+ using their Google Apps account. However, their profiles and posts will still be visible to anyone who has access, unless users downgrade from Google+ to remove Google+ from their Google Apps accounts. Keep in mind that before they downgrade from Google+, users can export their Google+ data. Learn more about disabling Google+.
If you delete the user's account: All the user's Google+ data will also be deleted. Depending on your organization, however, you might want to let the user export his or her Google+ data first. Learn more
If you suspend the user's account instead of deleting it: The user won't be able to access Google+. Their content is temporarily inaccessible to collaborators, but not deleted, unless you downgrade the suspended user's account from Google+ to remove the service. (As an administrator, you can access the user's suspended account). Learn more about suspending users.
Educational institutions: If you provide students or faculty with a life-long email address, you can disable Google+ without deleting their Google Apps account. Learn more about disabling Google+.