Google+ FAQ for administrators


What 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

Is Google+ for Work the same as the consumer version of Google+?

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.

What are the business features of Google+ for Work?

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.

What is a Google+ Profile?

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

Note: If a user changes their name in their profile, the new name appears in all of their Google Apps services. The new name also overrides the name that's set in the user's account information in the Admin console, so the name also appears in the user's contact details in the Contacts Manager. At this time, once a user changes his or her name, you can't edit this information in the Admin console, either manually or by using the Provisioning API. This is a known issue and will be resolved in an upcoming release of Google+.
What are Google+ Pages?

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

Can users migrate data from their personal Google+ account to their Google+ for Work account?

Yes, your users can transfer all data from one Google+ profile to another, using the Google Takeout service:

  1. Make sure the Google Takeout service is turned on for those users in your Admin console (look under Additional Google Services). For details, see Turn Additional Google Services on or off.
  2. Tell your users to download their data.

Support and availability

Which versions of Google Apps has Google+ for Work?

Google+ is available with all versions of Google Apps.

What support is available for Google+ for Work?

You can get help online at the:


For more information, see Support for Google+.
What are the requirements for Google+ for Work?

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


What 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

What are Hangouts On Air?

Hangouts On Air let users broadcast a Hangouts video call, making them ideal for large presentations, demonstrations, or lectures. Learn more

What are the requirements for Hangouts? What are Google+ Events?

Google+ Events let users schedule events in Google+ and allow attendees to contribute photos in a shared album. Learn more

Is Google+ available on mobile devices?

Yes, your users can use Google+ on mobile devices, using either a native app or a mobile web browser. Learn more

Privacy and security

What is the privacy policy for Google+ for Work?

Because the version of Google+ that you can enable for your organization is the same as the consumer version, and your users are subject to the Google+ consumer terms of service, the same consumer privacy policy applies.

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.

Can I prevent users from sharing information with people outside our organization?

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

Can users use Hangouts with others outside our organization?

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.

Can I prevent users from creating Google+ Pages?

No, any users for whom you've enabled Google+ (and who've signed up) can set up Google+ Pages.

What administrative control do I have over Google+ for my organization?

As an administrator, you have on/off control for Google+ for your whole company or for organizational units within it. Learn more.

Who owns Google+ for Work content: users or our organization?

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.

If I delete a user's account, is that user's Google+ data also deleted?

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.

Can I turn on Google+ for only some of my 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.

Can I turn on Google+ for specific domains associated with our Google Apps account?


  • 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.
Can I enable Google+ for my domain if I'm not a Google Apps customer?

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.

Can I use Google+ for my domain without other Google Apps services, such as Gmail?

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.

When users activate the Google+ service, is data moved outside of existing services?

No. When users join Google+ and follow the defaults in the sign-up process, no data is moved from existing services into new services.

What if a user already has a personal Google+ account?

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.

What happens if I disable Google+?

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+.

What happens if a user leaves our organization?

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+.

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