Default Roles

Roles are groups of members who have the same permissions within your group. For example, you might have a role for all members who just read questions and another role to read and respond to questions. A member can have multiple roles.

There are three default roles created for every Google group. These default roles are: Owner, Manager, Member.

The Owner role

The Owner role has the highest level of permissions and contains only the creator of the group when the group is created. Other characteristics of this role are:

  • Owners have the most permissions of any member.
  • Owners can add other roles and even delete the group itself.
  • Permissions for the Owner role can’t be modified.
  • Owners don’t have all of the permissions. If an owner needs more permissions, add the owner to an additional role with the needed permissions.
  • You can add additional owners or remove owners from the Owner role.
  • This role cannot be removed.
Note: The Owner role should be kept small because its members have the greatest control over the group.

The Manager role

The Manager role contains all elected managers of the Google group. Managers generally have more permissions than members, but fewer permissions than owners. Other characteristics of this role are:

  • Managers primarily have member and message management responsibilities.
  • Managers can add or remove managers.
  • This role cannot be removed.
Warning: Do not change permissions for the Manager role. If a manager needs more permissions, add the manager to an additional role with the needed permissions.

The Member role

All members of a group belong to the Member role by default. Other characteristics of this role are:

  • Any permission set on the Member role is automatically set on all other roles.
  • Permissions set in the Member role are selected and grayed out in the other roles.
  • This role cannot be removed.