Creating a Google+ Community

You can use Google+ communities to find other people who share your passion for a particular hobby, interest or organisation. 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, school or university, learn how to create a community for your organisation.

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 for getting 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 that people notice. Make sure you choose 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 who share your interests is one of the best parts of joining a community. Make sure that you tell people about the group you've created.
Manage your community. You can use features such as hashtags, pinned posts and post moderation once you've learnt how to manage your community.
Creating 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 top left-hand corner, select Communities.
  3. In the top right-hand corner, click Create community.
  4. Choose whether your community is to be 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 whether or not people can search for your community.
    • If you click Public, you’ll also have to choose whether or not people need to ask for permission to join the community.
  5. Type a name (it doesn’t have 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 to be public or private. Make sure that you choose carefully, because you can’t edit this setting later, if you change your mind.

Public and private settings for communities

In the “Creating 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, fan club for your favourite sport 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 neighbourhood businesses or athetics 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 organisations

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 able 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
Adding 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 top left-hand corner, select Communities.
  3. Click on your community > in the top right-hand corner of your community's photo, click the gear icon  > Edit Community.
  4. In the top left-hand 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 bottom left-hand corner > in the top right-hand corner, click Save.
Fill in the “About” section

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

Computer

  1. Open Google+.
  2. From the drop-down menu in the top left-hand 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 top right-hand corner, click Save.
Inviting 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 understand 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 top left-hand corner, select Communities.
  3. Click on your community > in the top right-hand 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 the people you’d like to invite. You can invite your circles, individual Google+ users or email addresses.
  6. In the bottom left-hand corner, click Send.

Android app

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

Mobile web

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

iPhone/iPad app

  1. Open the Google+ app .
  2. In the top left-hand 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 addresses that 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 top right-hand corner, touch Invite.

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