Get started with Groups

1. Find and join a group

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To join a group that already exists, just use the search box to find the group and ask to join.

In this section, you learn how to:

1.1 Find your groups
1.2 Join a new group
1.3 Join a Google group without a Gmail address

1.1 Find your groups

Using new Groups
  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. To search for groups:
    1. In the left panel, choose My groups, Recent groups, All groups, or Favorite groups.
    2. To find groups you own, groups inside or outside your organization, or groups you recently joined, click in the search field, then select an option.
    3. To specify additional search criteria, click Advanced Search, then enter your search criteria in the search field.
    4. Click Search.

      Find a group
  3. To search for messages:
    1. In the search bar's left drop-down menu, select All groups and messages.
    2. In the search field, enter your search criteria, then press Return or Enter.
  4. To quickly revise your search, click an option below the search results. 

Using classic Groups

Before you search for your groups, make sure that you’re in the organization view instead of the public view.

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click My groups.
  3. Click Switch organization view to "".

This means that the groups you see and join will be within your organization, and not public.

To search for a group, at the top of any Groups page, type a word or phrase in the search box. To help you search faster, Groups suggests search terms as you type. Click one of the suggestions to open it, or click Search "" to see a list of results.

Switch organization view and search for a group

1.2 Join a new group

Using new Groups
  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click All groups and find the group that you want to join.

  3. Click Join group.

    Note: If you don't see the "Ask to join group" option, you can email the group and ask to join it.

  4. If you want to link or unlink your Google profile, choose an option:
    • Uncheck the box if you don't want people to view your Google profile. You can also enter a different display name for people to see.
    • Check the box if you want people to view your Google profile.
  5. In the Subscription section, choose how often you want email updates from the group:
    • Every new message
    • Daily summaries
    • Combined updates
    • Don't send email updates
  6. Click Join group.


Using classic Groups
1 In the Groups directory, click the group to open the group's page.
2 On the group's page, click Join group or Apply to join group.
3 Choose how you want to read messages that are sent to the group, whether or not to link to your Google profile and show your picture on posts, and the display name you want members to see. Then click Join this group or Apply to join this group.
Join or apply to join a group

1.3 Join a Google group without a Gmail address

If you don't have a Google Account, you can:

  • Read posts in public groups
  • Search for posts in public groups

You need a Google Account to:

  • Create and manage a group
  • Join a group
  • Post to a group
  • Delete a post
  • Read a restricted group's posts

To use these features with Google Groups, you can create a Google Account without changing your email address.

You can also link a non-Gmail email address to an existing Google Account. The linked email address can be made an owner or manager. Learn how to sign in to your Google Account with another email address.

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