Use groups to control more G Suite apps and settings

What’s changing 

Last year, we announced that you could control access to G Suite apps and services using groups. We’re now expanding what G Suite features you can control using groups. You can now use groups to control default settings for:

  • App Maker database settings 
  • Currents settings (for organizations enrolled in the Currents beta program
  • Directory editability, such as what profile information (e.g. name, birthday, gender, etc.) users can edit 
  • Google Drive and Docs policies for sharing files and link visibility 
  • Google Voice settings (for organizations who have signed up for Google Voice
  • Hangouts Chat history settings and bot installation 
  • YouTube content settings, permissions, and more 

Who’s impacted 

Admins only

Why you’d use it 

Using groups can make G Suite simpler to manage while making sure the right users have access to the right apps, and have the appropriate default settings within those apps. For example, you could use groups to automatically configure G Suite for specific job functions, project teams, specific seniority levels, or geographic locations.

How to get started 

Helpful links 


Rollout details 

G Suite editions 
Available to all G Suite editions

On/off by default? 
Group-based controls will be OFF by default and can be enabled at the group level.

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