Find and join a group

Groups usually have a name that indicates the subject of the group, such as "cooking" or "music." To find and join a group:

  1. From the Home screen, type a subject, such as "cooking" in the search field.
  2. Press the Search button. A list of groups and messages is displayed.
  3. Click on a group name, such as "Live music." The Topics screen appears displaying a series of topics.
  4. Click on the 'Join group' link. The Join group dialog box appears. 
  5. Fill in the options on the Join Group dialog box.
  6. Click the Join this group button. You are now a member of the group.
An open group is configured to grant you immediate membership. A restricted group requires approval from an administrator before you are added to a group. A private group requires you to click on a link to request membership from the owner.
Note: Google cannot intervene in the approval process for private groups. Contact the group owner if you need your approval expedited.