Edit or delete groups

As a G Suite administrator for Google Groups, you can edit groups to change their members and roles, access settings, names, descriptions, and email addresses. You can also delete groups. You edit and delete groups in the Google Admin console.

Edit groups

Add members

  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 Users.
  3. In the Users list, find the user. If you need help, see Find a user account.
  4. Click the user’s name to open their account page.
  5. Click Groups.
    Add Groups
  6. Click Add Add.
  7. Search for a group by entering the first few characters of its name or email address. When you see the group you want, select it.
  8. (Optional) To add the user to an additional group (or groups), search for and select the group.
  9. When you finish selecting groups, click Add.
  10. (Optional) To change a user’s role in a group, do the following:
    • Under Role, click the Down arrowDown Arrow and thento select the new role.
    • Click Save.
Remove members
  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 Groups.

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

  3. Click the name of a group, then click the Members section.
  4. ​Point to the member you want to remove and click Remove.
  5. Click Remove Member to confirm.
Change a member's role
  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 Groups.

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

  3. Click the name of a group, then click the Members section.
  4. (Optional) To filter the list of members, at the top, click Add a filter and select a filter. Enter text to search and click Apply to filter further.
  5. Under Role for the user you want to change, click the Down arrowDown Arrow and thento select the new role.
  6. If you want to change the role for any other users, repeat the steps.
  7. At the bottom, click Save.
Change permission settings for a group role

A group's access level setting determines which permissions apply to each group role—that is owners, managers, and members. 

  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 Groups.

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

  3. Click the name of a group.
  4. Click Settings.
  5. Change the settings for roles as needed.
  6. Click Save.
Rename a group
  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 Groups.

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

  3. Click the name of a group.
  4. On the left, click Rename Group.
  5. Enter a new name and click Rename
Change a group's email address or description
  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 Groups.

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

  3. Click the name of a group.
  4. Click Group information.
  5. Point to Group information and click Edit Edit.
    • In the Email field, change the group's email.
    • In the Description field, change the group's description.
  6. Click Save.
Add or change a group's welcome message

This feature requires turning on Google Groups for Business.

Welcome messages are automatically sent to people when they join the group.

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click My groups.
  3. Click the name of a group.
  4. On the groups page, do one of the following:
    • To create a message, click Add welcome message, create your message, then click Save.
    • To change the message, click Edit welcome message, make your changes, then click Save.
    • To remove the message, click Clear welcome message, then click OK.  
Change a group's type

This feature requires turning on Google Groups for Business.

You can change your group type to take advantage of features available to different types of groups.

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click My groups.
  3. Click the name of a group.
  4. Near the top right, click Manage group.
  5. In the menu at the left, go to Informationand thenAdvanced.
  6. In the Select a group type list, choose a group type.
  7. Click Save.

Delete groups

When you delete a group, the group cannot be restored. Members don't have access to files or anything else shared in the group. And, messages sent to the group's address are not delivered. However, the members' user accounts are not deleted.

Delete a single group
  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 Groups.

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

  3. Point to the group you want to delete and click More More and then Delete Group
  4. Click Delete Group to confirm.
Delete multiple groups
  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 Groups.

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

  3. Check the boxes next to the groups you want to delete.
  4. Click Remove and then Delete Group

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