Add a group to another group

As an administrator, you might need to add a set of members to several existing groups. You can save time by creating a child group and adding that to the existing groups, instead of adding each member to each group individually.

The existing groups are called parent groups. The groups you add are called nested groups or child groups

A benefit of using nested groups is that messages you post to the parent group are also posted to the child group, provided that the child group's posting permissions allow it. Also, if you have multiple parent groups that contain the same child group, you can add or remove members from the parent groups by editing the child group.

How nested group permissions work

The following rules apply to nested groups: 

  • Members of child groups are not direct members of parent groups—Because child group members don't belong to parent groups, they can't leave the parent group or change their membership settings in the parent group.
  • Child group members inherit some permissions from parent groups—If a Google doc is shared with a parent group, child group members can also access the doc. Or, if parent group members can moderate metadata for the group, child group members can also moderate metadata. 
  • Child group members may post to the parent group—If the parent group allows all members of the group to post, members of the child group can also post to the parent group.
  • Child group members may receive messages posted to parent groups—If you want child group members to receive messages posted to the parent group, set the Post permission for the child group to All organization members. Otherwise, child group members may not receive messages posted to the parent group.

Add a group to another group

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Groups.

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

  3. On the Groups list, point to the group that will become the parent group.
  4. In the parent group row, click Add members.
  5. Enter the name of the group you want to add to the parent group. Note: Use commas to separate multiple group names.
  6. Click Add to group.
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