Turn Gmail on or off for a group of users

These instructions are for turning Gmail on or off for some users. Read more about completely removing the Gmail service from your Admin console.

As a G Suite administrator, you can control who uses Gmail in your organization. Just turn Gmail on or off for those people in your Google Admin console. People who have Gmail turned on can see the service in their account. If you've also set up mail flow for your domain, they can use Gmail to send mail with your organization's address.

To control who uses Gmail in your organization

Before you begin: To turn the service on or off for select groups of users, put their accounts in an organizational unit.

  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 Appsand thenG Suiteand thenGmail.
  3. At the top right of the gray box, click Edit Service Compose.
    At the left, the top-level organization and any organizational units appear.

  4. To apply settings to individual organizational units, do the following: 

    • At the left, select the organizational unit that contains the users whose settings you want to change.
    • Select On or Off  to change the setting.
    • Click Override to keep the setting the same, even if the parent setting changes.
    • If the organization's status is already Overridden, choose an option:
      Inherit—Reverts to the same setting as its parent.
      Save—Saves your new setting (even if the parent setting changes).

    Learn more about the organizational structure.

Changes typically take effect in minutes, but can take up to 24 hours. For details, see Admin console settings don't update.  

You're not done with Gmail setup yet

Turning on the Gmail service doesn't make mail start flowing to people's Gmail accounts. You must first give everyone a user account, then switch your mail flow to G Suite.

For complete setup steps, see Set up Gmail for your team.

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