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. 

As an administrator, you control who can use Google Groups for Business (Google Groups or groups.google.com) in your organization. You need to turn on the service if you've previously been using Admin console groups and want to use Groups for Business features. Otherwise, Groups for Business is probably turned on by default.

Requires Gmail. Before turning on Groups for Business, be sure to activate Gmail so email messages are delivered to your groups.

To control who uses Groups for Business

Before you begin: To turn the service on or off for a set of users, put their accounts in an organizational unit.

  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 apply settings to individual organizational units, do the following: 

    • At the left, select the organizational unit that contains the users whose settings you want to change.
    • To change the setting, select On or Off.
    • To keep the setting the same, even if the parent setting changes, click Override.
    • 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 the organizational structure.

Changes typically take effect in minutes, but can take up to 24 hours. For details, see Admin console settings don't update.  

If you manage a large number of users or sync your LDAP directory

You can use access groups to turn on a service for specific users within an organizational unit. You turn off the service for the organization, and then add the users to an access group that has the service turned on. This lets you give users access to services without making changes to your organizational structure. Learn about access groups.

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.

Next steps

After turning on Groups for Business: Set up groups for your team.

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