Turn Groups for Business on or off

If you have the legacy free edition of G Suite, upgrade to G Suite Basic to get this feature. 

The Groups for Business setting controls what you and your organization can do with Google Groups (groups.google.com). 

If you want to create advanced groups, such as web forums or collaborative inboxes, or let users create their own groups in your organization, you must turn Groups for Business ON.

To prevent users from creating their own groups in your organization, turn Groups for Business OFF. You can still create email list groups in the Admin console or in the Groups API when Groups for Business is OFF. 

Turn Groups for Business on or off

Before you begin: To turn the service on or off for certain users: Put their accounts in an organizational unit (to control access by department) or put them in an access group (to control access for users across or within departments).

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Apps and then G Suite and then Groups for Business.

    To see Apps, you might have to click More controls at the bottom.

  3. At the top right of the gray box, click Edit Service Compose.

  4. To turn on or off a service for everyone in your organization, click On for everyone or Off for everyone, and then click Save.

  5. To turn on or off a service only for users in an organizational unit:

    1. At the left, select the organizational unit.
    2. Select On or Off.
    3. To keep the service turned on or off even when the service is turned on or off for the parent organizational unit, click Override.
    4. If the organization's status is already Overridden, choose an option:
      • Inherit—Reverts to the same setting as its parent.
      • Save—Saves your new setting (even if the parent setting changes).

    Learn more about organizational structure.

  6. To turn on a service for a set of users across or within organizational units, select an access group. For details, go to turn on a service for a group.
Changes typically take effect in minutes, but can take up to 24 hours. For details, see How changes propagate to Google services.  

What happens if you...

Have existing Admin console groups

After you turn on Groups for Business, any groups you already created with the Groups control in your Admin console become visible in your corporate Groups directory, depending on each group's visibility settings. (Note that it might take up to 6 hours for the groups to appear). Your existing groups keep their current sharing settings. For details, see Migrate Admin groups to Groups for Business.

Turn off Groups for Business

If you turn off the Groups for Business service:

  • Existing groups are not deleted: Groups that you or your users created remain in your G Suite domain, so anyone who could previously send messages to the groups can still do so. If you want to prevent the use of these group addresses, you must also delete the groups.
  • Existing groups remain in your Admin console: As an administrator, you'll still have access to all the groups in your Admin console. Users, however, won't see them anymore on their My groups page or in the Groups directory.
  • Groups for Business features are removed: Your groups will no longer have any of the the features that were available only in the Groups for Business service, such as:
    • Group discussion archives
    • Email footers
    • Subject line prefixes
    • Custom reply-to addresses
    • Email digests
    • Message moderation
    • Subscribe and unsubscribe options
Turn Groups for Business back on

If you later turn Groups for Business back on:

  • Settings and data are restored: Your groups have the same settings and data that they had when you turned the service off. For example, if a group had a discussion archive, that archive is restored to that state it was in when you turned off Groups for Business.
  • Deleted groups are not restored: If you delete any groups after turning off Groups for Business, those groups can't be restored.
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