I am participating in a Google Group, and it is not possible to post by email:

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:


Technical details of permanent failure:
The group foo@googlegroups.com does not allow posting through email.

Is there some documentation online that explains how to enable posting by email, and that I can send to the Group's owner?

2 Answers 2


Post by Email or by Web

  • Information > General information > Posting options > Allow posting by email
  • Information > General information > Posting options > Allow users to post to the group on the web

Should Message be Available on The Web?

  • Information > Content control > Archive options > Archive messages to the group

Contact Owners by Email

  1. Permissions > Access Permissions > Contact the owners of this Group > Public
  2. See "Post by Email" point above (required too).

Change Group Type / Reset All Options

Information > Advanced > Reset group > Select a group type

P.S. The official documentation seems to lack this topic.

  • Why is "Contact the owners of this Group" necessary? Mar 2, 2017 at 13:26
  • @VidarS.Ramdal, thought the author wants it too. Changed my answer, thank you Mar 2, 2017 at 15:50
  • The format of your answer is very clear and helpful.
    – hmedia1
    Sep 27, 2018 at 9:50
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    That first one, Information > General Information > Posting Options > Allow posting by email, is 1 of 4 or 5 similar checkboxes. It's the only one that wasn't checked, took a while to find that.
    – Damon
    Oct 31, 2018 at 21:42

That's a setting that the group owner has set. You can't override that. You'll need to go to the Google Groups web interface to post. (The address for the group is probably in the footer of the email you've been receiving, with other useful information.)

The allowed post mechanisms are defined on the General Information page for the group.

From the help page:

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On the General Information page

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  • Thanks, but in my question I am asking for documentation that I can send to the owner on how to precisely change that setting.
    – feklee
    Apr 4, 2013 at 13:21
  • Yes, and the documentation is there on the help page to which I have linked.
    – ale
    Apr 4, 2013 at 13:22
  • I have added a couple of screen shots for your convenience.
    – ale
    Apr 4, 2013 at 13:27
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    How much more official than a Google Support page do you want? Granted, it's fairly shy on details, but that's what they provide.
    – ale
    Apr 4, 2013 at 13:32
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    No, I think I'll leave it in. Stack Exchange is all about being a repository of knowledge, and that information is likely to be helpful to future readers. I also think it's likely that the group owner is well aware of that setting, since they've changed it from the default.
    – ale
    Apr 4, 2013 at 13:38

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