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Configure class settings

As a G Suite administrator, you can decide who can join classes in your domain and which classes can users in your domain join. 

Set class membership

Control who can join classes in your domain

Allowing users to join classes from other domains allows transfer of files to your domain.

  1. Sign in to the Google Admin console.
  2. Click Apps and then G Suite and then Classroom.
    (Apps might be in More Controls.)Where is it?
  3. Click Class settings.
  4. Next to Who can join classes in your domain, choose an option:
    • Users in your domain only—Only G Suite for Education users in your domain can join your domain's classes
    • Users in whitelisted domains—G Suite for Education users from domains you allow can join your domain's classes. You need to whitelist these domains, and domain administrators from those domains need to whitelist your domain. 
    • Any G Suite user—Any G Suite user can join your domain's classes
    • Any user—Any G Suite user eligible for Classroom or personal Google Account user can join your domain's classes
  5. Click Save.

Note: In order for users in external domains to join classes, you must configure your Drive settings to allow file sharing outside of your organization. For details, see Set file sharing permissions.

Control which classes can users in your domain join

Allowing users in your domain to join classes in other domains will allow transfer of files out of your domain.
  1. Sign in to the Google Admin console.
  2. Click Apps and then G Suite and then Classroom.
    (Apps might be in More Controls.)Where is it?
  3. Click Class settings.
  4. Next to Which classes can users in your domain join, choose an option:
    • Classes in your domain only—Your domain’s users can only join classes in your domain
    • Classes in whitelisted domains—Your domain's users can join classes in a whitelisted domain
    • Any G Suite for Education class—Your domain's users can join classes in any G Suite for Education domain
  5. Click Save.

Whitelist a domain

In order for whitelisted domains to work properly in Classroom, the G Suite administrators of both domains need to make changes in the Google Admin console.

Subdomains and domain aliases aren't included when you whitelist a domain, so whitelist these separately if needed. For example, if you whitelist the domain abbeycollege.com, and then get abbeyschool.com, you need to whitelist abbeyschool.com to grant access to that organization, too. Learn more about how to whitelist domains for G Suite.
 

Whitelist a domain
  1. Sign in to the Google Admin console.
  2. Click Apps and then G Suite and then Classroom.
    (Apps might be in More Controls.)Where is it?
  3. Click Class settings.
  4. Next to View configured whitelisted domains, click Edit.
  5. Enter the full address of the domain and click Add.
  6. Click Save.

Note: Changes may take up to 24 hours to take effect. 

Grant file sharing access for whitelisted domains

After you add a whitelisted domain, you must configure your Drive settings. This step ensures that users in the specified organizational unit can invite people in whitelisted domains to view, comment on, and edit their files. They can also receive files from whitelisted domains.
  1. Sign in to the Google Admin console.
  2. Click Apps and then G Suite and then Drive and Docs and then Sharing settings.
  3. In the left panel, select the desired organizational unit.
  4. Under Sharing outside of organization, select the Whitelisted Domains option.

    Note: This is the minimum level of sharing required. You may also choose more permissive settings. For details, see Set file sharing permissions.

  5. (Optional) Check the For files owned by users in organization, warn when sharing with users in whitelisted domains box.
  6. (Optional) Check the Allow users in organization to receive files from users outside of whitelisted domains box.
  7. Click Save.

Note: If you change the Drive settings after users join classes, you may prevent users from completing tasks. For example, a student may be unable to turn in an assignment or a teacher may be unable to return work to a student.

Remove a whitelisted domain

  1. Sign in to the Google Admin console.
  2. Click Apps and then G Suite and then Classroom.
    (Apps might be in More Controls.)Where is it?
  3. Click Class settings.
  4. Next to View configured whitelisted domains, click Edit.
  5. Click Remove Remove next to the name of the whitelisted domain.
  6. Click Save.
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