Edit group access settings

As an administrator, you can edit group access settings in the Google Admin console. Access settings control what group members can do in a group, based on their role and the organization's sharing options.

  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 Groups.

    To see Groups, you might have to click More controls at the bottom.

  3. Click the name of a group.
  4. In the Settings section, click Access settings.
  5. In the Access type section, click the table cells to change access settings.
    • To remove access, click cells that have check marks. 
    • To add access, click cells that are empty.
    • Light-shaded cells can't be changed.
    • Dark-shaded cells can be changed.
    Access setting Allows users to...
    Contact owners Contact people who have the Owner role for the group.
    View members Find out who else belongs to the group (access depends on sharing options).
    View topics Browse topics that have been created in the group (access depends on sharing options). Topics are subjects or discussions that contain posts.
    Publish posts Send messages to the group. 
    Add members Add other people to the group.
    Invite members Invite other people to join the group.
    Approve members Approve requests to join the group.
  6. In the Who can join this group section, select an option:
    Setting for who can join this group  Allows users to...
    Anyone in the organization can ask Find the group and ask to join it.
    Anyone in the organization can join Add themselves to the group.
    Only invited users Join the group only if they're invited.
  7. If you're using Groups for Business, turn Allow members outside your organization off or on. This setting controls whether Groups for Business users can add outside members to groups.

    Note: Administrators can always add outside members to groups using the Admin console. 

  8. Click Save.
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