Choose how you share information on your Google+ profile

You can choose what you share on your Google+ profile using your profile settings. You can choose who sees your information, as well as what information people can see. For example, you can let everyone see the "Basic information" section of your profile, but only let your Friends circle see your contact information.

Tip: The only information that you can’t hide is your name, profile photo and cover photo. Your tagline will also be public if you add one, as well as your YouTube channel if it's linked to your account.

Basic information

When you click the "About" tab on your profile, you’ll see a series of boxes where you can share personal details like your job history, education and contact information.

To change how your information is shared, find the box with the details that you’re looking for. You can then edit who from your circles can see the information in the box.

Android app
  1. Open the Google+ app Google+ icon.
  2. At the top of the screen, touch your picture > touch About.
  3. Scroll to the box that you want to edit > touch the Pencil icon .
  4. Make your changes > in the top right-hand corner, touch Save.
Computer
  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the top left-hand corner, click the drop-down menu > click Profile Profile.
  3. Below your cover photo, click About > scroll to the box that you want to edit.
  4. In the bottom left-hand corner of the box, click Edit.
  5. When you edit your information, use the drop-down menu on the right to decide who can see your information.
  6. If you make changes, click Save in the bottom right-hand corner.
Mobile browser
  1. Open Google+.
  2. Near the top right-hand corner, touch your photo.
  3. Touch the About tab.
  4. Scroll to the box that you want to edit, then touch the Pencil icon .
  5. Next to "Who can see this" at the top of the screen, touch the linked text and make your changes.
  6. Touch Done, then touch Save.
iPhone/iPad app
  1. Open the Google+ app Google+ icon.
  2. In the top left-hand corner, touch the Menu icon .
  3. At the top of the screen, touch your name > touch About.
  4. Scroll to the box that you want to edit > touch the Pencil icon .
  5. At the bottom of the screen, touch the Arrow icon  > make your changes.
  6. In the top right-hand corner, touch the tick  > in the top right-hand corner, touch Save.

Profile tabs

When you view your profile, you’ll see some tabs below your cover photo. You can choose who can see these tabs by changing your settings. The only tabs that you can’t edit are "About" and "Posts".

Computer
  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the top left-hand corner, click the drop-down menu> click Settings .
  3. Scroll to "Profile".
  4. If you’d like to hide a tab, untick the box on the left. If you’d like to show a tab, tick the box on the left.
Mobile browser
  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the top left-hand corner, touch the Menu icon  , then Settings.
  3. Scroll to "Profile" > "Show these profile tabs to visitors".
  4. Tick the boxes for the tabs that you'd like to show. Untick the boxes for the tabs that you'd like to hide.
Android app/iPhone/iPad app

You can’t edit your profile tabs from a mobile app. Please use a computer or mobile browser to edit your profile tabs.

Community posts

If you're a member of a Google+ community, you can choose whether or not to show what you post in communities on your Google+ profile. If this setting is on, posts from all your communities will be shown in the Posts tabs of your profile. However, people can only see them there if they can view the original post. 

Computer
  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the top left-hand corner, click the drop-down menu > click Settings .
  3. Scroll to the "Profile" section > tick or untick the box next to "Show your Google+ communities posts on the Posts tab of your Google+ profile". If the box is ticked, the posts will be shown on your profile.
Mobile browser
  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the top left-hand corner, touch the Menu icon , then Settings.
  3. Scroll to "Profile", then touch the toggle switch next to "Show your Google+ communities posts on the Posts tab of your Google+ profile". If the switch is on, the posts will be shown on your profile.
Android app/iPhone/iPad app
You can't edit your profile tabs from a mobile app. Please use a computer or mobile browser to edit your profile tabs.

Community membership

You can use your profile to share the Google+ communities that you've joined.

Tip: You can choose to show all your community memberships, but if you're in more than 30 communities, you can only show 30 memberships at a time. If you'd like to choose which 30 to show on your profile, use your settings to choose which communities can be seen.

To see if your communities are being shown, you can check your profile. If they are, and you don't want people to see them, you can take them off your profile or choose which ones you do want to be shown. And if you'd like communities that aren't there to be shown on your profile, you can add them.

Important:

  • Private communities: If you're in a private community, your membership can't be seen by everyone. It'll be limited to other members of that community and to people invited to that community.
  • Joining new communities: If all your community memberships are shown on your profile (and you didn't select every community one by one), the communities that you join in future will also be shown on your profile. However, if you've selected which community memberships can be seen on your profile, new communities that you join won't be shown until you add them.
Android app
  1. Open the Google+ app Google+ icon.
  2. At the top of the screen, touch your picture > touch About.
  3. Scroll to the "Communities" box > touch the Pencil icon .
    • If you don’t want any communities shown on your profile, untick the box next to "Show communities on your profile".
    • If you want to choose the communities to be shown on your profile, touch Select communities and untick any communities that you want to hide.
  4. In the top right-hand corner, touch Save.
Computer
  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the top left-hand corner, click the drop-down menu > click Profile Profile.
  3. Below your cover photo, click About and scroll to the "Communities" box.
  4. In the lower left-hand corner of the box, click Edit.
    • If you don't want any communities to be shown on your profile, untick the box next to "Show communities on your profile".
    • If you want to choose the communities to be shown on your profile, click the drop-down menu next to "Show communities on your profile" and untick any communities that you want to hide.
  5. In the bottom right-hand corner, click Save.
Mobile web/iPhone/iPad app

You can't use the mobile web or the iPhone/iPad Google+ app to change this. Please use a computer or the Android app to choose which communities are shown on your profile.

Collections that you follow

You can share a list of collections that you follow on your profile. Even if you hide the collections that you follow on your profile, collection owners can always see who follows their collections.

To control whether collections that you follow are shown on your profile:

Android app
  1. Open the Google+ app Google+ icon.
  2. At the top of the screen, touch your picture, then touch About.
  3. Scroll to the "Collections" box > touch the Pencil icon .
  4. If you don't want to show collections that you follow on your profile, untick the box next to "Show collections that you follow on your profile". If you do want collections to appear on your profile, tick the box. 
  5. In the top right-hand corner, touch Save.
Computer
  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the top left-hand corner, click the drop-down menu, then click Profile Profile.
  3. Below your cover photo, click About and scroll to the "Collections" box.
  4. In the lower left-hand corner of the box, click Edit.
  5. If you don't want to show collections that you follow on your profile, untick the box next to "Show collections that you follow on your profile". If you do want collections to appear on your profile, tick the box. 
  6. In the bottom right-hand corner, click Save.
Mobile web/iPhone/iPad app

You can't use the mobile web or the iPhone/iPad Google+ app to change your sharing settings. Please use a computer or the Android app.

See how your profile looks to everyone else

You can see how your profile looks to other people, which may be helpful if you choose to hide parts of your profile. Using the "View profile as" drop-down menu, you can make sure that other people only see the information you want to share with them.

Computer
  1. Open Google+.
  2. Click the drop-down menu in the top left-hand corner > click Profile Profile.
  3. In the top left-hand corner, use the "View profile as" drop-down menu. You can select “Yourself” or “Public”. You can also type in the name of someone in your circles.
Android app/Mobile web/iPhone/iPad app

You can't view your profile as someone else would on mobile. Please use a computer to view your profile as someone else would.

Tip: You can also learn to change your profile’s search results setting.