Create a group & choose group settings

You can use Google Groups to create an online group for your team, organization, class, or other group to do things like:

  • Email each other
  • Host group discussions
  • Collaborate on projects
  • Organize meetings
  • Find people with similar hobbies or interests

You can also change your group's type, name, or description, and choose who can join, post, and view topics.

Create a group

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Near the top left, click Create group.
  3. Enter info and choose settings for the group.
  4. Click Create.

Make your group an email list, forum, or collaborative inbox

You can change your group type at any time to match your group’s communication style and workflow.

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click My groups.
  3. Choose a group.
  4. Near the top right, click Manage group
  5. On the left, click Information and then Advanced.
  6. To select a new group type, next to "Select a group type," click the Down arrow Down Arrow. You can choose between:
    • Email list: Members communicate with each other using a single email address.
    • Web forum: Members use Google Groups to communicate with each other.
    • Q&A forum: Members ask and answer each other's questions.
    • Collaborative inbox: Members assign topics to each other and track topics as tasks.
  7. Click Reset this group.
  8. In the box that pops up, click Reset group.

Change your group’s name, description & email settings

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click My groups.
  3. Choose a group.
  4. Near the top right, click Manage group
  5. On the left, click Information and then General information.
  6. Make your changes.
  7. Click Save.

Set features included in every email

You can set:

  • A subject prefix: This helps identify email as group messages.
  • A footer: This can helps users access subscription settings and find the post on Google Groups.
  • Auto replies: This lets you respond automatically to members and non-members.
  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click My groups.
  3. Choose a group.
  4. Near the top right, click Manage group
  5. On the left, click Settings  and then  Email options.
  6. Make your changes.
  7. Click Save.

Set how members display their identity

You can allow members to post with a display name or require that each member be linked to their Google profile.

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click My groups.
  3. Choose a group.
  4. Near the top right, click Manage group
  5. On the left, click Settings and then Identity.
  6. Select one of the required forms of identity.
  7. Click Save.

Set who can post, view topics, and join the group

  1. Sign in to Google Groups.
  2. Click My groups.
  3. Choose a group.
  4. Near the top right, click Manage group
  5. On the left, click Permissions and then Basic permissions.
  6. Select the permissions you want for your group.
  7. Click Save.
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