I have various groups set up for my organization to facilitate easier sending of emails to their members. Everyone is a member, except that I am an owner of these groups. Several others need access to be able to email these groups, but making them owners would mean they would receive future correspondence intended for the group. How can I allow only certain users to email a group, but not allow them to receive emails sent to the group? I am set up with an Education account; the additional Business features are not enabled.

3 Answers 3


Create a user account called forwarding-user@yourdomain.com. Then make forwarding-user@yourdomain.com a member of your group group@yourdomain.com. Then for each of the individuals outsider@somedomain.com who need to email group@yourdomain.com create a filter in forwarding-user@yourdomain.com to foward their mail.

When outsider@somedomain.com emails to forwarding-user@yourdomain.com, it is forwarded to group@yourdomain.com. Messages in group@yourdomain.com go to forwarding-user@yourdomain.com but go no further. For cleanliness, you could create another filter that deleted all the messages from group@yourdomain.com.

Of course, this would be very cumbersome if you have a lot of outsider@somedomain.com users.

  • 1
    That is a brilliant solution. Thank you very much, I greatly appreciate it!
    – vaindil
    Jan 25, 2013 at 19:52
  • plus: instead of creating the mentioned additional filter that clears the group messages you can set the email delivery setting of that member to "No email".
    – user829755
    Oct 11, 2013 at 12:47

The easiest method is to enable Also Allow anyone on the internet to post messages As you might guess, this will allow anyone to send messagse to the group without having to be a member of the group.

Google Apps for Business Group access settings

Naturally this opens the address up to misuse as anyone outside of the organisation can email the group.

The other option (I'm not sure if this is a Business apps only option) is to enable the custom settings, then under Who can send emails to the group, tick domain.com users. This will prevent misuse while allowing non-members to email the group. (though I suspect these options may not be available to you?).

If you do not want to allow external emails to be sent to the group you can use Weehooey's method:

  1. Setup a new email account
  2. Make that account a member of the group
  3. In the new account add a forwarding address going to the group address
  4. Create a filter that forwards emails from PersonA to the group email (PersonA being someone who you want to be able to email the group, but not allow them to receive group emails)

You can then add additional filters for additional senders, or use the OR filter command to add multiple people to the one filter.

  • where is it in the settings?
    – Idemax
    Jul 6, 2017 at 22:28

As of 2018, the interface has been updated.

Manage Group -> Permissions -> Posting Permissions -> Post -> [Allow Public]

enter image description here

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.