Manage groups in your organization

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:

  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.

    If you don't see Groups on the Home page, at the bottom, click More controls.

  3. Point to a group, and click Edit settings.
  4. At the bottom of the page, click advanced settings. You’re taken to the group's permissions page in Google Groups.
  5. Select the settings you want to change under Basic permissions and Access permissions in the menu on the left. To ensure content within a group is restricted to the correct users, make sure the View topic setting is at least as restrictive as the Group visibility setting. For example, set both to Members of the group.
  6. In the menu at the left, go to Informationand thenGroup visibility.
  7. 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.

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