Control who users can find in the Directory

As a Directory admin, you can set which users are visible to other users in your organization. When a user is visible to another user, their contact information is available in search and their email address autocompletes in services like Gmail and Drive.

Before you begin: If you need to set up a department or team for this setting, go to Add an organizational unit.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in

  2. In the Admin console, go to Menu and then Directoryand thenDirectory settings.
  3. Click Visibility settings.
  4. Optional: To apply the setting to a department or team, at the side, select an organizational unit.
  5. In the Directory visibility section, select from the following options:
    • No users—Users can't find other users or groups. Autocomplete and search use only addresses in the user's Contacts.
    • All users—Users can find all other users in the organization, except for users who are hidden from Directory. They can find all groups that are visible to the organization.
    • Users in a custom directory—Users can find only users in a custom directory. They can find all groups that are visible to the organization. Learn how to set up a custom directory.
  6. Click Save. Or, you might click Override for an organizational unit.

    To later restore the inherited value, click Inherit

Changes can take up to 24 hours but typically happen more quickly. Learn more

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