Create a Google+ Community

You can use Google+ communities to find other people who share your passion for a particular hobby, interest, or organization. And if no one’s started a community for what you care about, you can create your own.

If you’re using Google+ for work or school, learn how to create a community for your organization.

Tip: We recommend creating a community on a computer. Some features may not be available on a mobile device.

Getting started guide

Here are the basic steps to get your community up and running.

Step Tip
Create a community using the instructions in this article. Before you create your community, think about how people might use it, and if it should be open to the public, or made private. 
Add a photo to your community page. Your community photo will be one of the first things people notice. Make sure you pick a photo that helps explain your community.
Add information to the “About” section of your page. People will read the “About” section to understand the purpose of your community. Use this space to explain what your community is about, and share helpful tips or links.
Invite people to join your community. Talking to people that share your interests is one of the best parts of joining a community. Make sure you tell people about the group you created.
Manage your community. You can use features like hashtags, pinned posts, and post moderation if you learn to manage your community.
Create your community

Once you’re ready to create your community, follow these steps:

Computer

  1. Open Google+.
  2. From the drop-down menu in the upper left corner, select Communities .
  3. In the upper right corner, click Create community.
  4. Choose whether your community is public or private. Tip: You can’t change this later, so if you’re unsure, read the “Differences between public and private communities” section of this article.
    • If you click Private, you’ll also have to choose if people can search for your community.
    • If you click Public, you’ll also have to choose if people need to ask for permission to join the community.
  5. Type a name (it doesn’t need to be unique to your group) > Create community.

Tip: If your community has 500 members or more, you can’t change the name.

Differences between public and private communities

When you create your community, you can decide whether your community is public or private. Make sure you choose carefully, because you can’t edit this setting later if you change your mind.

Public and private settings for communities

In the “Create your community” section of this article, follow steps 1 and 2. Then use this table to help choose your settings.

Who can find and join your community Who can see your community’s posts and members
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How to choose the setting
Anyone can find and join your group Anyone

Meeting people on Google+ who share your interests
 

Examples: black and white photography, fanclub for your favorite sports team, or current world events

Click Public > select “No, anyone can join” from the drop-down menu
Anyone can find your group, but they have to ask to join Anyone

Sharing your group’s posts and photos publicly, but limiting who can create them

Examples: an alumni association from your university, your local neighborhood businesses, or running club

Click Public > select “Yes, anyone can ask to join” from the drop-down menu
Anyone can find your group, but they have to ask to join

Members

Note: People who’ve been invited to join the community can also see who’s currently in the community.

Creating communities for specific public organizations

Examples: a jazz band, dance troupe, or parent teacher association

Click Private > select “Yes, people can find it and ask to join” from the drop-down menu

You can invite people to join, but people can’t search for your group or ask to join 

Note: If someone has the link to your group, they’ll still be see your community’s name and photo. Also, other pages and content (including websites, blogs, and Google products such as Picasa Web) that link to your community can still appear in search results on Google and other search engines.

Members 
 

Note: People who’ve been invited to join the community can also see who’s currently in the community.

Having private conversations with small groups

Examples: An economics study group, or party planning committee

Click Private > select “No, hide it from searches” from the drop-down menu
Add a photo to your community

Adding a photo will make your community look more exciting, and help people understand what your community is about.

Computer

  1. Open Google+.
  2. From the drop-down menu in the upper left corner, select Communities .
  3. Click on your community > in the top right corner of your community's photo, click the gear icon  > Edit Community.
  4. In the top left corner of your community's photo, click Pick a photo > drag a photo into the box, or upload a photo file from your computer.
  5. Crop your photo > click Set as community photo in the lower left corner > in the upper right corner, click Save.
Fill out the “About” section

You can tell people about your community using the About section. It’s a great place to describe the purpose of your community, explain community rules or the types of posts you’d like to see, and add other helpful information or links.

Computer

  1. Open Google+.
  2. From the drop-down menu in the upper left corner, select Communities .
  3. Click on your community > under the name of your community, click the gear icon  > Edit community.
  4. In the "About this community box," type your description (you may need to scroll down) > in the upper right corner, click Save.
Invite people to join your community

You can help people find and participate in your community when you invite them to join. Tip: You can only invite 500 people at a time.

Please know that people may or may not receive a notification when you invite them to join your community.

Computer

  1. Open Google+.
  2. From the drop-down menu in the upper left corner, select Communities .
  3. Click on your community > in the top right corner of your community's photo, click the gear icon  > Invite people.
  4. In the “Add a comment” box, you can explain a bit more about your community or why you’d like people to join.
  5. In the “To” box, add who you’d like to invite. You can invite your circles, individual Google+ users, or email addresses.
  6. In the lower left corner, click Send.

Android app

  1. Open the Google+ app .
  2. Near the top right corner, touch the down arrow  > My Communities > name of the community you want to invite people to.
  3. Near the top right corner, touch the person icon .
  4. Touch Choose people to share with. You can touch the circles or people you want to share with, or you can touch the magnifying glass in the top left corner to search for a person or circle .
  5. When you’re done adding who you’d like to invite, touch the checkmark in the top right corner.
  6. In the bottom right corner of the post, touch the arrow icon .

Mobile web

You can’t invite someone to a community on mobile web. Please use a computer or the Google+ app.

iPhone/iPad app

  1. Open the Google+ app .
  2. In the upper left corner, touch the menu icon  > Communities 
  3. Touch the name of the community > touch the down arrow  > Invite people.
  4. Touch the text next to “Only you” and type the names of people, circles, or email address you want to invite.
  5. In the “Share your thoughts” box, you can explain a bit more about your community or why you’d like people to join.
  6. In the upper right corner, touch Invite.

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