Enable Google Groups for Business

If you enable the Google Groups for Business service, your users can manage their group memberships, view group discussion archives, and optionally create their own groups.

After you enable Google Groups for Business, any existing groups become visible in your corporate Groups directory (it may take up to 6 hours for them to appear, however). Your existing groups also receive default access and other settings, depending on their current settings and when the groups were created. Learn more

If your organization has multiple domains, users in all your domains can use Google Groups for Business. After you enable the service, you can easily turn it on or off for different organizational units that contain specific users.

Things to check if you're new to Google Apps

You'll need to do the following before you can enable the Google Groups for Business service:

  • Verify your domain ownership. Learn more
  • Activate the Email service, to ensure email messages are delivered to groups. Learn more
Enable Google Groups for Business

If your domain is set up to automatically enable new services, you don't need to take any action to enable Google Groups for Business. Otherwise, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to the Google Admin console.
  2. Click Google Apps, then click .
  3. Click the here link to add more Google Services to your domain.
  4. On the next screen, click Add it now below Google Groups for Business.
  5. Return to the Google Apps page and ensure that Groups for Business is set to ON.
What to do next
  • Set sharing options to specify whether users can create their own groups, allow their groups to receive external messages, or add external members, and more.
  • Optionally, turn the Google Groups for Business service on or off for different organizational units of users. Learn more