Create or edit a community

You can create a community with your team to share updates, new ideas, and common interests.

Learn more about some best practices for managing a Google+ community.

If you use a Google Account through work or school, your administrator may turn off your ability to use Google+. If Google+ is turned off for you, you will be removed from Communities that you’re a member of.

Note: If you use Google+ with your personal Google account, community creation, including community creation for Google+ Pages, has been turned off. If you use Google+ for work or school, community creation for Google+ Pages has been turned off.

Create a community

  1. On your computer, open Google+.
  2. In the Navigation menu, click Communities.
  3. Next to "Your communities," click New community.
  4. Enter a name, make the community public or private, decide if people need to ask to join the community, and whether member posts are held for review until the member has been approved to post in the community.
  5. Click Done.

Edit your community

You can change communities you create, including:

  • The community name
  • The cover photo
  • Whether people need to ask to join the community
  • Whether member posts are held for review until the member has been approved to post in the community

You can also add categories, links, and a description.

To edit your community:

  1. On your computer, open Google+.
  2. In the Navigation menu, click Communities.
  3. Under "Your communities," click the community you want to edit.
  4. Click More More.
  5. Click Edit community.
  6. Make your changes.
  7. Click Done.

Pin a post

You can pin a post to keep it at the top of your community's page:

  1. On your computer, open Google+.
  2. In the Navigation menu, click Communities.
  3. Under "Your communities," click the community you want.
  4. Click the post you want to pin.
  5. Click More More.
  6. Click Pin to community.

Delete a community

  1. On your computer, open Google+.
  2. In the Navigation menu, click Communities.
  3. Under "Your communities," click the community you want to delete.
  4. Click More More.
  5. Click Delete community.
  6. Check the box next to “I understand that I am deleting this Community and that I won’t be able to undo it.”
  7. Click Delete.

What you can do in communities

You can do different things depending on whether your community is public or private.

General info on public communities

  • Public communities can’t be made private later.
  • Anyone can join or ask to join. But if someone obtains an active invite link, they can join the community without asking to join.
  • Public communities can be seen by anyone online and can be found in searches.
  • Anyone can see the community's members and posts.

General info on private communities

  • Private communities can’t be made public later.
  • Anyone with access to an active invite link can join the community.
  • Only members can see private community posts, but anyone can see public posts within a Community (e.g. posts related to public Google+ events).
  • Only members and invitees can see who belongs to a private community.
    • Non-members can see activity by both members and non-members on public posts in private communities. 
  • If you use Google+ through work or school, the privacy settings might be different.

Private communities and searches

You can decide whether people can find your private community in Google+ searches.

If a private community shows in searches:

  • People can ask to join the community.
  • People can see the community name and photo, as well as any public posts in the community. 

If a private community does not show in searches:

  • Anyone with access to an active invite link can join the community.
  • People might find a link to the community on other web pages.
  • Someone with a link to the community might see the community name and photo, as well as any public posts in the community. 
  • Someone with a link to the community might be able to ask to join the community.
  • If a private community doesn’t allow people to ask to join, then new members have to be invited.
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