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Set Groups for Business sharing options

This article is for G Suite administrators. To manage your own groups, visit the Google Groups help.
This feature requires turning on Google Groups for Business." "

Groups for Business sharing options determine if:

  • People outside your organization can view and participate in your organization's groups
  • Users in your organization can create their own groups
  • Group owners can add people outside your organization to groups

Note: If Groups for Business is ON, group members can manage their own group memberships. Depending on the group's settings, they can add themselves to groups and opt in or out of receiving group messages in email.

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How to set sharing options

Using the Admin console

This feature requires turning on Google Groups for Business.

  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 Appsand thenG Suiteand thenGroups for Business.
  3. Click Sharing settings or Advanced settings.
  4. Select your preferences in the Sharing Options section. Sharing options reference.

Sharing options reference

Outside this domain - access to Groups

You have these options for controlling external access to your groups:

  • Public on the Internet—Anyone inside or outside your organization can view the list of groups in your Groups directory. People can do the following, depending on a group's settings:
    • View the group's information page, including its discussion archive
    • Manage their subscriptions to the group
    • Post messages to the group

    If you select Public on the Internet, consider also selecting the following options under Member & email access:

    • Group owners can allow members outside this domain—Group owners can add members with external addresses to their groups. Owners can also allow people outside your organization to join their groups. If you later turn off this option, any external addresses already added to users' groups remain in those groups.
    • Group owners can allow incoming email from outside this domain—Group owners can allow people outside your organization to send email to their groups. If you select this option, a new option called Also allow anyone on the Internet to post messages becomes available. This option appears under Team, on the "Create a new group" page and is always available to administrators.
  • Private—Only people in your organization can access your organization's groups in Google Groups. However, if any groups already have external members, those members can still send email to their groups.
Default View Topics permission

You can set the default for who can view topics. Group owners and managers can keep or change the default setting.

Note: This setting is not available for groups created in the Admin console or Cloud Directory APIs.

Choose one of the following options:

Option Description
Owners only Only people with the owner role can view the group’s topics.
Owners and managers Only people with owner or manager roles can view the group’s topics.
All members of the group Anyone with the member role can view the group’s topics.
All users in the domain. Anyone in your domain can view the group’s topics, regardless of whether they're group members.*
Anyone on the Internet Anyone can view the group’s topics, including people outside your organization.**

* If you change the Outside this domain - access to groups setting from Public to Private, the Default view topics permission setting automatically changes from Anyone on the Internet to All users in the domain.

** If you selected Private for the setting, Outside this domain - access to groups, this option is automatically turned off.

Creating groups

You have these options for creating groups:

Option Description
Anyone on the Internet can create groups Users in your organization, and anyone on the internet, can create groups using your Groups service at This setting applies only if Public on the Internet is selected for group access.
Anyone in this domain can create groups Only users in your organization can create groups using your Groups service at If you later turn off this option, existing user-created groups remain active. Messages can still be sent to user-created groups.
Only domain admins can create groups Any administrator in your organization can create groups in the Admin console. Users can't create their own groups, but they can access their My Groups page and your Groups directory to manage their group subscriptions at
Add a suffix to groups created by users

As a G Suite administrator for Google Groups, you can add an identifying word or phrase to the end of email addresses of groups created in your Groups service at

For example, if you specify the suffix -user-created, and a user creates the group, the group email address is

Add a suffix if you want to:

  • Differentiate between groups created in the Admin console and in the Groups service, The suffix is applied only to groups created in To make the suffix stand out on the Groups list in the Admin console, add a hyphen at the beginning of the suffix.
  • Ensure users don’t create groups with email addresses that you or other administrators might need to use, such as “”.

Note: Suffixes are not added to groups that users have already created, groups created in the Admin console, or groups created through Cloud Directory APIs. If you enter a suffix, that suffix is added to any new groups you create. If you change to a different suffix, any new groups receive the new suffix, but existing groups keep the original one.

Group visibility

As an administrator, you can select the default visibility settings for new groups created in your organization. Group visibility settings determine whether groups appear in search results and in your organization's directory. The directory is a browsable listing of all the groups in your G Suite account. 

Default visibility options:

  • Group owners can hide their groups from the groups directory—Let group owners restrict group visibility. When this is selected, only group members can view the group in the Groups directory.
  • Hide newly created groups from the groups directory—Automatically restricts new groups visibility only to members. Group owners can override this setting.

Group owners can change the visibility settings for their own groups.  

Note: Group members can always see the groups they belong to in the directory. 

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