I don't have a Gmail address (and I don't need one). I've been invited to a discussion group hosted at Google Groups. I accepted the invitation and now I can receive and send messages to the groups. However, now I would like to change the setting in order to get only one email per day, not every possible email. Unfortunately, when I try to access the group web page I'm asked to login with a Google account.

How can I access the group's web page and change the settings without having a Google account?

  • What the asker is saying is correct, and I am having the same problem. Someone added my name to a google group and I cannot adjust any settings. Can only unsubscribe by sending an email. Upon login I am asked for a Google account and not any other email, and even if I can login, that email account was added by the group owner and there is no password.
    – user20257
    May 19, 2012 at 8:38

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You seem to be thinking that a "Google account" and a "Gmail address" are the same thing. This is not true; you can sign up with any email address. However, you cannot get away from the account requirement – for obvious security reasons.

  • OK, so basically in order to change the settings I need to sign up for a Google Account, right?
    – Jakub
    Jun 4, 2011 at 8:51

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