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Use circles on Google+

You can use circles to control who you share posts with. Add people to a circle, then share a Collection or a post with that circle so only those people can see it.

You can add someone to a circle even if they don't follow you, so they'll be able to see posts you share with that circle, but might not see those posts in their home stream.

When you add someone to a circle, they might get a notification letting them know you added them to one of your circles. They can see anything you share with that circle, including posts you shared with that circle before you added them. People you add to circles may also be able to use Hangouts with you.

You can change your settings to choose whether to show people you have in circles on your profile. You can see people you have in your circles by choosing People in your Navigation menu.

You can add someone to a circle or remove someone from a circle at any time.

Create a circle

  1. In the Navigation menu, click or touch People.
  2. Click or touch Following.
  3. Click or touch NEW CIRCLE.
  4. Name your circle, then click or touch CREATE.

Add or remove someone from a circle

When you follow someone, they are put in your "Following" circle by default.

To add someone to your "Following" circle, follow that person.

To add someone to a different circle:

  1. Open the profile of the person you want to move to another circle.
  2. Click or touch the name of the circle that they're in, or the checkmark next to their name.
  3. Use the menu to add them to a different circle.
  4. Click or touch DONE.

To remove someone from a circle:

  1. Open the profile of the person you want to move to another circle.
  2. Click or touch the name of the circle that they're in.
  3. In the menu that appears, uncheck a circle to remove them from that circle.
  4. Click or touch DONE.

Share to a circle

When you share a post, you can share to a specific circle. People may be able to see who else you shared a post with.

See circle streams
You can use circle streams to see posts from a specific circle. You can turn on circle streams in the Settings menu. Once you turn on circle streams, you can see them in your Navigation menu.
Your circles

When you create a new circle, it is automatically added to "Your circles." If you don't want to share posts to all of your circles, you can choose which ones to share with.

To choose if one of your circles is included when you share to "Your circles:"

On a computer:

  1. In the Navigation menu, click People.
  2. Click FOLLOWING.
  3. Next to the circle you want to add or remove, click the menu icon .
  4. Click Circle settings.
  5. Turn the option next to "Include when sharing with Your circles" on or off.

In the Android app:

  1. Open the People menu .
  2. Touch FOLLOWING.
  3. Open the circle you want to add or remove from "Your circles."
  4. Touch the menu icon .
  5. Touch Circle settings.
  6. Turn the option next to "Your circles" on or off.

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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