Google Groups FAQs

For general information on Google Groups, please click here.

1: What is Google Groups?
2: How do I use Google Groups?
3: How do I join a group?
4: How do I submit a post to a group?
5: How do I remove my group from Google Groups?
6: I searched for a group and couldn't find it. I'm sure it exists. Where is it?
7: Can I create subgroups within my Google Group?
8: How do I subscribe to a group?
9: Why did I stop getting email from my group?
10: How do I transfer ownership of my group to another member?
11: How do I invite people to my group?
12: How do I control who can post to my group?
13: How do I invite a group or my group to a calendar event?

How do I use Google Groups?

To start using Google Groups you need to join a group. After joining a group, you can make posts to a forum, which then emails everyone else in the group. You can also utilize question and answer forums, which are helpful for class groups. More information.

How do I join a group?

The owner of the group will either make a public group or send you an invitation to the group.  If the group is public, you can just find the group under “Browse Groups.” This will allow you to pick a group from a list and be a member of that group.

If you receive an invitation, you can click on the “accept this invitation” button, which will then put you in the group. After being adding to a group, you will receive notifications of group activity and be able make your own posts to the group as well.

Can I create subgroups within my Google Group?

Yes. There are two simple options that are available to manage subgroups. For starters, you will create a new group for your subgroup.

Option #1:

  • Go to Groups
  • Open your subgroup and click on the About button
  • Select and copy the entire group email address
  • Open the primary group
  • Click on the Manage button
  • Under Members in the left panel, click Direct add members
  • Paste the email address of the small group into the field "Enter email addresses to add as members"

Option #2:

  • Go to Groups
  • Open the primary group and click on the About button
  • Select and copy the portion of the group email before the @ symbol
  • Open the subgroup
  • Click on the Manage button
  • Expand the Information menu in the left panel and click on Group subscriptions
  • In the "Add subscription" field, paste the copied portion of the primary group's email
  • Click Subscribe

How do I transfer ownership of my group to another member?

Groups can have multiple owners. Ownership can be attributed, but also removed. To attribute ownership of a group to a user, follow these steps:

  • Go to Groups
  • Open your group and click Manage
  • Select the checkbox next to the user you would like to modify permissions for
  • Select Actions from the top panel
  • Select Add to roll, then click Owner

To remove ownership from a user, follow these steps:

  • Go to Groups
  • Open your group and click Manage
  • Select the checkbox next to the user you would like to modify permissions for
  • Select Actions from the top panel
  • Select Remove from roll, then click Owner

How do I control who can post to my group?

As a manager or owner of a Google Group, you have control over who can post to your group's online forum or send emails to and from the group.

  • Go to Groups
  • Open your group and click Manage
  • Click on Permissions in the left-hand panel to expand the menu
  • Click on Posting permissions. Here you have the ability to select which users have the ability to control which groups of users can post to the group and which groups of users can post as the group.
  • Click Select groups of users on the right of Post to select which groups of users can post to your group
  • Click Select groups of users on the right of Post As The Group to select which groups of users can post and email as the group
  • Click Save

For more information, please refer to Google's FAQs.

Last Updated: August 25, 2017