Choose who can see and join your groups

If Google Groups isn't available in your work or school account, ask your administrator to turn on Groups for Business. ""

Group owners and managers can specify who can see their groups and who can join them.

Set your group’s visibility

Group owners and managers can make their groups visible to organization members only or anyone on the web. Depending on how your administrator has set up your organization’s group sharing settings, owners and managers can also limit visibility to group members only.

Making a group visible to a set of users lets them search for it or see it in the Groups directory. The directory is a browsable listing of all the groups in your work or school account. Group members can always see the groups they belong to in the directory.

No matter what option you select here, group addresses still appear as suggestions when typing addresses in Gmail or Calendar invitations.

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click the name of a group.
  3. On the left, click Group settings.
  4. Under Who can see group, select an option.
  5. Click Save changes.

Set who can join your group

Group owners and managers can allow users to join their groups directly or ask to join a group. Owners and managers can also restrict membership to users they invite only. Depending on how your administrator has set up your organization’s group sharing settings, membership might be available to anyone on the web or organization users only.

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click the name of a group.
  3. On the left, click Group settings.
  4. Under Who can join group, select an option.
  5. Click Save changes.
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