Find and join a group

If you're signed in to a work or school account, the options you see might be different. To learn more, contact your administrator.

You can join a Google Group to have discussions about a topic or to communicate with your team, organization, class, or other group. Some groups grant immediate membership, but others require you to request membership. If you know a group exists but you can’t find it, reach out to the group owner or administrator to request access.

Note: A user with a child Google Account can’t join a Google Group.

Join a group

  1. Sign in to Google Groups. Learn how to join if you do not have a Google Account.
  2. In the box at the top, enter a subject, like "cooking" or "football."
  3. Optional: If a group is open, you can read messages sent by its members by clicking the group name.
  4. To join a group, click Join group or Ask to join group. If neither button appears, you might be able to contact the group owner directly to ask to join the group. To see if group owner contact information is available, on the left, click About. Contact information is displayed in the Owners section if the group's options are set to display this.

After you’ve joined a group, you get a confirmation email. If you asked to join a group or contacted a group owner, the group owner needs to approve your application before you can participate in that group.

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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