Control user access to Classroom

This article is for G Suite Administrators

As a G Suite administrator, use the Admin console to give teachers and students access to Classroom.

About user accounts

Support for Classroom

Your G Suite edition determines what level of service and support you can get for Classroom.
 
G Suite edition Type of service Type of support
  • G Suite for Education
  • G Suite for Nonprofits
Core service A core service is covered by a G Suite Agreement or other agreement. If you have a problem, you can call or email Google for support. 
  • G Suite Basic
  • G Suite Business
  • G Suite Enterprise
Additional service An additional service isn’t covered by support or a service level agreement (SLA). If you have a problem, you can visit the Google for Education Help Forum or the Classroom Help Center.

 

User account types

Users can sign in to Classroom with one of the following user account types:
  • School account—Also known as a G Suite for Education account, this account is set up by an accredited school. 
  • Personal Google Account—This is set up by the student, parent, or guardian. Typically, a personal Google Account is used outside of a school setting, such as a homeschool. 
  • G Suite account—This is set up by your organization’s G Suite admin. 
     

How cross-domain class membership works

Different G Suite edition users may be limited in how they can interact. The following table outlines if G Suite domains can work with other domains.
If a student uses Classroom with... And the primary teacher uses Classroom with... Can the student join the class?
  • G Suite for Education 
  • G Suite for Nonprofit
  • G Suite for Education
  • G Suite for Nonprofit
Yes, if class settings in both organizations allow it
  • G Suite Basic
  • G Suite Business
  • G Suite Enterprise
  • G Suite Basic
  • G Suite Business
  • G Suite Enterprise
Yes, if class settings in both organizations allow it
  • G Suite for Education 
  • G Suite for Nonprofit
  • G Suite Basic
  • G Suite Business
  • G Suite Enterprise
  • A personal Google Account
No
A personal Google Account A personal Google Account Yes

 

Important: G Suite Basic, Business, and Enterprise customers shouldn’t use Classroom with users under 13, or at a school with students.

 

Control user access to Classroom

Step 1: Put users in organization units

To turn Classroom on or off for select groups of users, put their accounts in an organizational unit. Learn more about organizational structure.
Note: Teachers and students need a G Suite for Education account before they can use Classroom. 

Step 2: Give users access to Classroom

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. Choose one:
    • If you’re using G Suite for Education or G Suite for Nonprofits, click Apps and then G Suite and then Classroom.
    • If you’re using G Suite Basic, Business, or Enterprise, click Apps and then Additional Google services and then Classroom.
  3. At the top right of the gray box, click Edit Service.
    At the left, the top-level organization and any organizational units appear.
     

To apply settings to individual organizational units, do the following: 

  • At the left, select the organizational unit that contains the users whose settings you want to change.
  • To change the setting, select On or Off.
  • To keep the setting the same, even if the parent setting changes, click Override.
  • If the organization's status is already Overridden, choose an option:
    Inherit—Reverts to the same setting as its parent.
    Save—Saves your new setting (even if the parent setting changes).

Learn more about the organizational structure.

Changes may take up to 24 hours to propagate to all users.

Step 3: Configure class settings

You can configure 2 settings for Classroom:

  • Class membership—Determine who can join classes in your domain and which classes can users in your domain join.

  • Whitelisted domains—Allow users to join classes from the domains that you trust and allow teachers and students from different domains to share information.

For details, go to Configure class settings.

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