About circles

Circles are an essential part of Google+. They're the key to sharing! The great thing about circles is that they let you group people together based on how you think of them in real life. Using circles allow you to:

  • Share jokes and secrets with your Best Friends circle
  • Put your most professional side forward when you post to your Work circle
  • Show your team spirit with posts to your Sports fanatics circle

With Circles, people see all of the content you want them to, and none of the content you don't. 

New to circles? Find people!

  1. Open Google+. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google+ main menu. Click People.
  2. Use Suggestions to find people who’ve added you to circles or to add people to your circles.
  3. Use 'Find coworkers' or 'Find classmates' to find additional people and add them to your circles.

Create new circles, or add people to your existing circles

  1. Open Google+. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google+ main menu. Click People
  2. Click the Your circles tab
  3. Click on the people you'd like to add to a circle (you can click on multiple people at a time)
    • To create a new circle, drag the a highlighted group of people to the  .
    • To add to a circle you've already created, drag highlighted group of people to an existing circle

Circles on Mobile

  •  Touch  on Android or  on iOS and select 
  • To add suggestioned people to your circles, touch Add or Follow next to their name. Use the   search icon to add a specific person to your circles.
  • Scroll to Your circles > Select circle to remove someone from a circle and uncheck the checkbox next to their name.
  • To create a new circle, scroll down and select Create new circle at the bottom of the screen.
  • Delete a circle by touching the circle name and going to Menu > Delete circle (Android only).

Customize your profile information by circle

You decide who can see each piece of personal information on your profile. For example, your contact details and relationship information could be visible to your friends circle, while your employment history and education could be visible to your alumni association circle. Learn more about visibility of your profile information.