Manage settings for your organization

Keep your organization's groups private


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

As a Groups administrator, you can choose privacy settings for groups in your organization.

Note: If you’re an administrator for Google Groups, you can always add external people to groups in the Google Admin console, regardless of the external membership setting.

Set sharing permissions to private

  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 thenGoogle Workspaceand thenGroups for Business.
  3. Click Sharing settings.
  4. Select the following settings:
    • Under Accessing groups from outside this organization, select Private. No one outside your organization can view or search for your groups on groups.google.com. External users can request to join, post messages to, and receive messages from the group via email if the group settings allow this.
    • Under Default for permission to view conversations, select an available option.
  5. Check the Hide newly created groups from the directory box. This automatically restricts new groups visibility only to members. Group owners can override this setting. 

Set access permissions for an existing group

  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.
  3. Click the name of a group.
  4. Click Settings to review the settings for group members.
  5. In the upper right corner of the Access type section, click Edit "".
  6. In the Access type section, remove the check marks from the External column.
  7. Turn off Allow members outside your organization.
  8. Click Save.
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