General - Google Groups - Managing List Membership via Email

This KB documents how to join and leave a Google Group via email and the necessary Group Owner settings to allow/disallow the join feature.

If you have a list that allows people to join without being explicitly added by an administrator (i.e. a list open to the public), it’s possible to join the group via email.

Joining a list via email

  1. To join a Google Group via email, send an email to [Group Name]+subscribe@googlegroups.com.
    1. For any group names with spaces, the spaces have to be replaced with hyphens (-), though standard naming conventions for Libraries lists do not include spaces.
    2. For example, to join the group called ulcinfo-lib, send an email to ulcinfo-lib+subscribe@g-groups.wisc.edu.
  2. If this feature is available, you will receive an email with the following information:

We received your request to join [Group Name].

In order for us to complete the request, please reply to this email or click [the button] below.

Notes


Leaving a list via email

  1. To leave a Google Group via email, send a blank email to [Group Name]+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com.
    1. In the standard convention, it should look like ulcinfo-lib+unsubscribe@g-groups.wisc.edu.
  2. If it is successful, you should receive an email with the following Subject Line and Content:

Your unsubscription to [group name] was successful.

Note: It may take some time for the unsubscribe request to go through. 


Group Settings

The following is for Group Owners: