How to Require Specific Identification From Google Group Members

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Google Workspace administrators

Group members identification

  • To update their display name, users must go to their global settings as shown here.
  • You can allow group members to post with a custom display name, or have each member linked to their Google profile.
  • You can also make it mandatory for every group member’s display name to be unique in order to avoid confusion – you should enable this if you’ve selected Display name profile only in the Identification required for new members setting.
  • Follow the steps below to specify the required forms of identity.

How to control what identification is required from group members step-by-step with images

Step 1

How To Require Specific Identification From Google Group Members - Step 1

Go to Groups at and find the group in one of the directories listed on the left: My groups, Recent groups, All groups, or Favorite groups. Then click the three dots icon to the right and select Group settings.

Step 2

How To Require Specific Identification From Google Group Members - Step 2

Update the Identification required for new members setting:

  • Either display name or Google profile
  • Display name profile only (posts show only the display name)
  • Organization profile only (posts show only the domain profile name and are linked to their profile)

Optionally, check the Display names must be unique box.

Step 3

How To Require Specific Identification From Google Group Members - Step 3

Click Save changes at the bottom.

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