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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 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. If that person adds you to their circles, posts you've shared with them may appear on their Home page.

You can see people you have in your circles by choosing People in your Navigation menu.

The people and pages you add to circles are publicly visible by default, but you can change who can see the people and pages you add. Depending on your settings, information about the people or pages you’ve added to circles may also appear in shared endorsements.

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

Create a circle

  1. On your computer, open Google+.
  2. In the Navigation menu, click or tap People.
  3. Click Following.
  4. Click NEW CIRCLE.
  5. Name your circle, then click 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. On your computer, open Google+.
  2. Open the profile of the person you want to move to another circle.
  3. Click the name of the circle that they're in, or the checkmark next to their name.
  4. Use the menu to add them to a different circle.
  5. ClickDONE.

To remove someone from a circle:

  1. On your computer, open Google+.
  2. Open the profile of the person you want to remove.
  3. Click the name of the circle that they're in.
  4. In the menu that appears, uncheck a circle to remove them from that circle.
  5. Click 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.

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:"

  1. On your computer, open Google+.
  2. Click Menu Menu and then People.
  3. Click FOLLOWING.
  4. Next to the circle you want to add or remove, click More More and then Circle settings.
  5. Turn "Include when sharing with Your circles," on or off.

Delete a circle

You can delete circles on your computer and Android devices. 

  1. On your computer, open Google+.
  2. Click Menu Menu and then People.
  3. Click FOLLOWING.
  4. Under "Your Circles," click the circle you want to delete. 
  5. At the top right, click More More and then Delete circle.
  6. Click Delete or OK.

Choose which circles you share with

When you share on Google+, you can select the circles or people you want to share with, or you can use the "Your circles" option to share with multiple circles at once.

  1. On your computer, open Google+.
  2. Click Menu Menu and then People.
  3. Click FOLLOWING.
  4. Under "Your Circles," next to the circle you want to include or exclude, click More More and then Circle settings
  5. Turn "Include when sharing with Your circles," on or off.

Notes:

  • By default, "Your circles" includes all the circles you've created. If there are circles you'd prefer not to share with, you can remove them from the "Your circles" group. 
  • People in the circles you're following are still included among your extended circles.
  • Any time you share something with "Your circles," it will be shared with the list of circles included in the "Your circles" setting.

About extended circles

When you share something, you might notice an option to share with your extended circles. Your extended circles include people in your circles' circles. Posts shared with your extended circles will be visible on your profile to people in your circles' circles.

For example, let's say Nediva is in one of your circles, and Jadon is in one of Nediva's circles. You don't know Jadon and he's not in any of your circles. If Nediva chooses to have Jadon visible on her profile among the people in her circles, and you choose to share a post with your extended circles, that post could appear on Nediva's Home page and be visible to Jadon on your profile.

You aren't able to see a complete list of the people included in your extended circles -- it's a collection of people that's frequently changing.

Your extended circles may also be used to help generate suggestions of people Google+ thinks you may know.

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