Set visibility of groups
This article is for G Suite administrators. To manage your own groups, visit the Google Groups help.
As a G Suite Groups administrator, you can control who can:
- View groups in the Groups directory
- View messages sent to groups in your organization
- Contact group owners
- View, add, invite, and approve group members
- Join groups
- Post messages to groups
Set visibility of new groups
You can set the visibility level when you create groups in the Admin console.
Set visibility of existing groups
This feature requires turning on Google Groups for Business.
The Groups directory is a browsable listing of all the groups in your G Suite account. Group members can always see the groups they belong to in the directory. As a G Suite Groups administrator, however, you can control whether the group is discoverable to non-members.
To set the visibility options of existing groups in Google Groups:
From the Admin console Home page, go to Groups.
If you don't see Groups on the Home page, at the bottom, click More controls.
- Point to a group, and click Edit settings.
- At the bottom of the page, click advanced settings. You’re taken to the group's permissions page in Google Groups.
- Select the settings you want to change under Basic permissions and Access permissions in the menu on the left.
- In the menu at the left, go to InformationGroup visibility.
- Select an option from the list, then click Save. The options available here depend on your organization's Groups for Business settings.
Note: It can take up to 48 hours for a group to appear in the directory after the List this group in the directory setting has been enabled.
Set group visibility with APIs
When you create a group using the Directory API, the default for the View topics option is All members of the group. To view and update visibility settings, use the Directory API and Groups Settings API, or the third-party tool, Google Apps Manager (GAM).
For sample scripts you can customize, see GitHub.