Find & join a Google+ community

You can join Google+ communities to find people who are interested in the same things you are, like food, music, or sports. Depending on the community, you may have to be approved to become a member.

Tip: You can join a Google+ community as yourself, or as a Google+ page.

Search for a community

To find a community to join, you can search for one on your computer or mobile device.

Android app
  1. Open the Google+ app Google+ icon.
  2. Near the upper right corner, touch the down arrow .
  3. Touch My Communities  > Find more communities > in the upper right corner, touch the search icon .
  4. Type what you’d like to search for > in the lower right corner, touch the search icon .
  5. To open the community's page, touch the name of the community.
  6. If you find a community you'd like to join, touch Join community.
Computer
  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the upper left corner, click the drop-down menu   > Communities .
  3. In the upper right corner, find the search box with the text: “Search for communities.”
  4. Click the search box > type what you’d like to search for > Enter.
  5. To open the community's page, click on the name of the community.
  6. If you find a community you'd like to join, click Join community.
Mobile browser
  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the top left corner, touch the navigation menu , then Search.
  3. Near the top of the screen, touch the search box.
  4. In the search field, type what you’d like to search for.
  5. Touch the text next to "Show results for" and select Communities.
  6. Results will appear below. Touch one to visit that community.
iPhone/iPad app
  1. Open the Google+ app Google+ icon.
  2. In the top left corner, touch the menu icon  > Communities .
  3. In the top right corner, touch the search icon .
  4. Type what you’d like to search for > in the lower right corner, touch Search.

See recommended communities

If you’re not sure what type of community to join, you can see suggestions based on your interests and what’s popular.

Android app
  1. Open Google+ icon the Google+ app.
  2. Near the top right corner, touch the down arrow .
  3. Touch My Communities  > Find more communities.
  4. Scroll past any communities you’ve already joined and look for the “Communities you might like” header.
  5. To open the community's page, touch the name of the community.
  6. If you find a community you'd like to join, touch Join community.
Computer
  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the top left corner, click the drop-down menu > Communities .
  3. At the top of the page, click the Recommended for you tab.
  4. To open the community's page, click on the name of the community.
  5. If you find a community you'd like to join, click Join community.
Mobile browser
You can't see recommended communities using a mobile browser. Please use a computer or the Google+ app instead.
iPhone/iPad app
  1. Open the Google+ app Google+ icon.
  2. In the top left corner, touch the menu icon .
  3. Touch Communities  > scroll past any communities you’ve already joined and look for the “Suggested Communities” header.
  4. To open the community's page, touch the name of the community.
  5. If you find a community you'd like to join, touch Join community.

See if a community is public or private

Some communities are open to the public, and others are private. To see if a community is public or private:

  1. Go to the community’s page (instructions above).
  2. Find the community’s profile photo, then read the text in the lower left corner of the photo.

Choose community notification settings

When you join a community, you can choose whether to get notifications from the community. But for some large communities, you may not be able to turn notifications on.

Notifications when people post in a community you've joined

Android app
  1. Open the Google+ app Google+ icon.
  2. Near the top right corner, touch the down arrow .
  3. Touch My Communities > touch the name of the community you want to edit.
  4. Touch the menu icon/button > touch Turn notifications on or Turn notifications off.
Computer
  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the upper left corner, click the drop-down menu > Communities .
  3. Click the name of the community you want to edit > click the bell icon in the upper left corner of the community’s profile photo .

Tip: If the bell is red, you’ll get notifications from the community. If the bell is grey, you won’t get notifications from the community.

Mobile browser
  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the upper left corner, touch the navigation menu > My communities, then touch the name of the community you want to edit.
  3. Near the top right corner, touch the menu icon > Community settings.
  4. In the "Notifications" section, touch the box next to "Get notified about new posts." If the box is checked, you'll get notifications. If it isn't checked, you won't get notifications.
  5. Touch Save.
iPhone/iPad app
  1. Open the Google+ app Google+ icon.
  2. In the upper left corner, touch the menu icon > Communities .
  3. Touch the name of the community you want to edit > in the upper right corner, touch the gear icon > touch Turn notifications on or Turn notifications off.

Notifications when people invite you to a community

Android app
  1. Open the Google+ app Google+ icon .
  2. Touch the menu icon/button > Settings.
  3. Touch the name of the account you want to edit > Notifications.
  4. Scroll down to "Communities" > Check or uncheck the box next to "Invites you to a community." If the box is checked, you'll get notifications. If the box isn't checked, you won't get notifications.
Computer
  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the upper left corner, click the drop-down menu > Settings .
  3. Scroll down and click Communities.
  4. Next to Invites you to a community, check or uncheck the boxes under "Email" and "Phone." If the boxes are checked, you'll get notifications. If the boxes aren't checked, you won't get notifications.
Mobile browser

You can't change this setting on a mobile browser. Please use a computer or the Google+ app instead.

iPhone/iPad app
  1. Open the Google+ app Google+ icon .
  2. In the upper left corner, touch the menu icon > in the top right corner, touch the gear icon .
  3. Touch Notifications > scroll to "Communities."
  4. Next to "Invites you to a community," touch the switch. If the switch is green, you'll get notifications. If the switch is white, you won't get notifications.

Important: If an owner deletes a private community, you may not be able to access content in the community, including what you posted.

Tip: If you don’t find one you’d like to join, you can create a community.