To get to Google Groups visit in any web browser

To join a group that already exists, just use the search box to find the group and ask to join. 

Note: An open group allows you immediate membership. A restricted group requires approval from an admin before you can be added. A private group requires you to click a link to request membership from the owner.  

In this section, you learn how to: 

  • Find your groups 
  • Join a new group 

1.1 Find your groups

Before you search for your groups, make sure that you’re in the organization view instead of the public view. 

Go to Groups and click My groups. 

Click Switch organization view to "". 

This means that the groups you see and join will be within your organization, and not public. 

To search for a group, at the top of any Groups page, type a word or phrase in the search box. 

To help you search faster, Groups suggests search terms as you type. 

Click one of the suggestions to open it, or click Search Search to see a list of results. Switch organization view and search for a group  

1.2 Join a new group

You can subscribe to any group in your Groups directory that's open to new members. Some groups let you subscribe directly, while others might require you to send a request. 

1 In the Groups directory, click the group to open the group's page. 

2 On the group's page, click Join group or Apply to join group. 

3 Choose how you want to read messages that are sent to the group, whether or not to link to your Google profile and show your picture on posts, and the display name you want members to see. 

Then click Join this group or Apply to join this group.