How to Control Who Can Reply Privately to the Original Poster in a Google Group

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

You can allow or prevent specific people from replying privately to people who have posted to a group.

How to control who can reply privately to group posts step-by-step with images

Step 1

How To Control Who Can Reply Privately To The Original Poster In A Google Group - 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 Control Who Can Reply Privately To The Original Poster In A Google Group - Step 2

Next to Who can reply privately to authors, select which users can respond only to the original poster.

Selecting a user type also grants permissions to all user types on its left. For example, by selecting Anyone on the web, you also grant this permission to the Entire organization, Group members, Group managers, and Group owners.

See how to create a custom group role and grant it this permission here.

Step 3

How To Control Who Can Reply Privately To The Original Poster In A Google Group - Step 3

Click Save changes at the bottom.

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