Finding and joining a Google+ community

When you join a community, you can find people who are interested in the same things that you are. For example, a community may help you connect with other people who like food, music and sport. Depending on the type of community, you may have to wait for approval before becoming a member.

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

Searching 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 .
  2. Near the top-right corner, touch the down arrow .
  3. Touch My Communities > Find more communities > in the top-right corner, touch the search icon .
  4. Type what you'd like to search for > in the bottom-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 that 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. In the top-right corner, find the search box with the text: "Search for communities".
  4. Click the search box > type in 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 that you'd like to join, click Join community.
Mobile web
  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the top-left corner, click the Google+ icon  > Communities.
  3. In the top-right corner, touch the magnifying glass icon .
  4. Touch the search box > type in what you'd like to search for > touch the magnifying glass icon .
  5. To open the community's page, touch the name of the community.
  6. If you find a community that you'd like to join, touch Join community.
iPhone/iPad app
  1. Open the Google+ app .
  2. In the top-left corner, touch the menu icon  > Communities.
  3. In the top-right corner, touch the search icon .
  4. Type in what you'd like to search for > in the bottom-left corner, touch Search.

Seeing recommended communities

If you aren't sure what type of community you'd like to join, you can see suggestions based on your interests and what's popular.

Android app
  1. Open  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 that 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 that 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 that you'd like to join, click Join community.
Mobile web
  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the top-left corner, touch the Google+ icon .
  3. Touch Communities > in the top-left corner, touch the Discover tab.
  4. To open the community's page, touch the name of the community.
  5. If you find a community that you'd like to join, touch Join community.
iPhone/iPad app
  1. Open the Google+ app .
  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 that you'd like to join, touch Join community.

Seeing 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 > read the text in the bottom-left corner of the photo.
You can also learn about the difference between public and private communities in the table in this article.

Choosing community notification settings

When you join a community, you can choose whether or not to receive notifications from the community. However, 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 .
  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 top-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 top-left corner of the community's profile photo .

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

Mobile web
  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the top-left corner, touch the Google+ icon .
  3. Touch Communities > touch the name of the community you want to edit.
  4. Near the top-right corner, touch the down arrows > Community settings.
  5. In the "Notifications" section, touch the checkbox next to "Get notified about new posts". If the checkbox is ticked, you'll receive notifications. If it isn't ticked, you won't receive notifications.
iPhone/iPad app
  1. Open the Google+ app .
  2. In the top-left corner, touch the menu icon > Communities .
  3. Touch the name of the community you want to edit > in the top-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 .
  2. Touch the menu icon/button > Settings.
  3. Touch the name of the account you want to edit > Notifications.
  4. Scroll down to "Communities" > Tick or untick the checkbox next to "Invites you to a community". If the checkbox is ticked, you'll receive notifications. If the checkbox isn't ticked, you won't receive notifications.
Computer
  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the top-left corner, click the drop-down menu > Settings .
  3. Scroll down and click Communities.
  4. Next to "Invites you to a community", tick or untick the checkboxes under "Email" and "Phone". If the checkboxes are ticked, you'll receive notifications. If the checkboxes aren't ticked, you won't receive notifications.
Mobile web

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

iPhone/iPad app
  1. Open the Google+ app .
  2. In the top-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 receive notifications. If the switch is white, you won't receive notifications.

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

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