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 dashboard, go to Appsand thenG Suiteand thenGmail.
  3. At the top of the gray box, click More Settingsand choose:
    • On for everyone to turn on the service for all users (click again to confirm).
    • Off to turn off the service for all users (click again to confirm).
    • On for some organizations to change the setting only for some users.
  4. If you chose On for some organizations:
    1. In the left panel, select Settings for specific org units.
    2. Select the organization that contains the users whose settings you want to change.
    3. Click Override or Inherit, whichever appears.

      Override makes the setting stay the same, even if the parent setting changes.
      Inherit reverts to the same setting as its parent.

    4. If you clicked Override, select On or Off  to change the setting.
    5. Click Save.

    Learn more about the organizational structure.

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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