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Find and join Communities

You can connect with people who share your interests by joining a public or private Community in Google+. Stay up to date on what’s happening in your Communities by seeing Community posts in your stream and getting notifications.

How public and private Communities work

When you join a Community in Google+, you can see posts from that Community in your home stream and share posts to that Community. You can join public or private Communities.

How public Communities work

  • You can see posts on public Community pages even if you aren't a member of the Community.
  • If you join a public Community, anyone can see posts you make and a list of members in that Community.
  • Only members of the Community can post or comment on a Community post.
  • Non-members can +1 a Community post or comment.

How private Communities work

  • If you join a private Community, only members can see your posts in that Community.
  • Members and people who have been invited to join a private Community can see who is currently in the Community.

Join a Community

  1. Open Google+.
  2. You can find a Community to join two ways:
    • Search on a topic of interest to you
    • In the Navigation menu, click Communities , then click Recommended and scroll through recommended Communities
  3. To view a Community before you join it, click the Community.
  4. Once you find a Community you want to join, click Join. If you need permission to join a Community, it will say Ask to join instead.

Choose how much to see from a Community

You can choose how much content from a Community shows up in your home stream:

  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the Navigation menu, click Communities .
  3. Click the Community you want to see more or less from.
  4. Click More More.
  5. Click Community settings.
  6. Under “Posts in your home stream,” tap the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  7. Choose the amount you want to see from that Community.
  8. Click Close.

Get updates when there are new posts

You can choose whether to get notifications from Communities that you join:

  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the Navigation menu, click Communities .
  3. Click the Community you want to change notification settings for.
  4. Click More More.
  5. Click Community settings.
  6. Under “Community notifications,” switch on “Get notified about new posts.”
  7. Click Close.

Note: For some large Communities, you may not be able to turn notifications on.

Leave a Community

When you leave a Community:

  • You won't see regular updates from that Community in your home stream.
  • You won't be able to share posts to that Community.
  • You may not be able to see the Community's page.

To leave a Community:

  1. Open Google+.
  2. In the Navigation menu, click Communities .
  3. Click the Community you want to leave.
  4. Click More More.
  5. Click Leave community.
  6. Click Leave.

See someone else’s Communities

You can see another person's Communities on their profile if they’ve chosen to share their Communities:

  1. Open Google+.
  2. Open the person’s profile.
  3. On the top right above the person’s interests, click View all.

Keep in mind: You may not be able to see the Communities you've chosen to share on your profile on all platforms. You can check the Communities you've chosen to share on your profile by switching back to classic Google+ and there you can edit which Communities you choose to share on your profile.

Note: Not all features are available across all platforms. If you can't find something you're looking for, please try a different device.

 

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