About Groups

The Google Groups service includes:

  • Admin console groups (managed by administrators)—Groups used for communication, collaboration, and administration. Administrators create and manage these groups in the G Suite Admin console. Learn more about Admin groups.
  • Groups for Business (managed by administrators and users)—Groups used for communication and collaboration. When you turn on Groups for Business, you and your users can manage group features in Google Groups (groups.google.com). Learn more about Groups for Business.

Admin console groups

As an administrator, you can set up Admin console groups that you create and manage in the Admin console. Admin console groups make it easy to:

  • Communicate with groups of people—When you set up a mailing list group, you get an email address you can use to email every user in the group. Mailing list groups can be useful for departments, project teams, classes, office locations, and special-interest groups. Learn how to set up groups as mailing lists.
  • Share documents, sites, videos, and calendars—Group members can share content with teams using a group email address instead of individual addresses. Learn about using groups to share content.

You can also create groups that turn on Admin console privileges or services:

  • Turn on admin privileges—Create a group with limited admin privileges to help with tasks, such as managing messages in the admin quarantine.
  • Turn on Google services—Turn on G Suite and Google services for a group of users rather than an entire organizational unit. With groups, you can turn on services for specific users without changing your organizational structure. Learn about access groups.

Groups for Business

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If you have the legacy free edition of G Suite, upgrade to G Suite Basic to get this feature. 

When you turn on Groups for Business, users in your organization can access a host of features using Google Groups (groups.google.com). For example, departments, teams, and special-interest groups can manage their own group memberships and participate in online discussions. Users can:

  • Create their own groups—Manage membership, send messages, view member lists, and more. Letting users create their own groups can reduce demands on your IT resources. You can remove the permission at any time.
  • Create forums and collaborative (shared) inboxes—Host community discussions, process support tickets, and manage sales inquiries. Learn about managing and participating in online discussions.
  • Moderate messages—Review messages to make sure they're appropriate for the entire group before they’re shared. 
  • Search—Find email messages across archives of discussions.

Note: You can turn Groups for Business on or off for specific users or groups of users with access groups.

For next steps, see Set up Groups for your team.

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