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

  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.
  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. 

    Find a group

1.2 Join a new group

  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:
    • If you don't want people to view your Google profile, uncheck the Link to my Google account profile box. You can also enter a different display name for people to see.
    • If you want people to view your Google profile, check the Link to my Google account profile box.
  5. In the Subscription section, choose how often you want email updates from the group:
    • Every new message
    • Send daily summaries
    • Combined updates
    • Don't send email updates
  6. Click Join 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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