Create a group in Yammer

Groups in Yammer make it easy to work together on projects and events by providing a central place for your conversations, files, and updates. To learn how to manage your group, see Manage a group in Yammer.

Create a group in Yammer

  1. Click the Yammer tile in Office 365.

  2. At the bottom-left corner of the screen, select Create a new group.

    A screenshot showing the Create a new group button on Yammer.com

  3. Choose one of the following:

    Note: If your network has turned off the ability to create external groups, you'll only see the option for Internal Group.

    A screenshot showing the Create a group screen in Yammer with Internal Group Selected.

    Select Internal Group to collaborate with people inside your company.

    A screenshot showing the Create a group screen in Yammer with External Group selected.

    Select External Group to collaborate with people who work at other companies.

  4. Under Group Name, enter the name of your group.

    Tips: 

    • Use a short name so that it is easy for people to scan the list of groups. Your company may have group naming conventions to follow. Look at other group names in your organization to see the names other people have used.

    • If your organization has a group naming policy, a prefix and or a suffix will be automatically added. If needed, a Yammer admin can override the group naming policy. For more information, see the Office 365 Groups Naming Policy.

  5. Under Group Members, enter the names or email addresses of anyone you want to add to the group.

  6. Under Who can view conversations and post messages, select one of the following:

    • Public Access: Anyone on your network can view the content posted to this group.

    • Private Access: Only approved members of this group can view the content. If you want this private group to be discoverable, select List this group in our network's group directory and search results.

  7. Select Create Group.

FAQ

Q: Why can't I create private unlisted groups, allow member approval in private groups, or require approval to join a public group?

A: Beginning in January 2017, there were changes to Yammer group types. These changes only impact new groups: existing groups with closed membership or team approval settings are not changed.

  • Public Groups - the option for closed memberships is no longer be available

  • Private Groups (Listed) - only group admins can grant approvals to new members

  • Private Groups (Unlisted) - only group admins can grant approvals to new members

Group type

Before January 2017

After January 2017

Public Group

The option for closed membership (requiring approval of either the admin of the group or member to join) was still available.

The option for closed memberships (requiring approval of either the admin of the group or member to join) is no longer available; Public groups do not require any approvals going forward.

Private Group

Need approval - admin of the Yammer group or any member can approve.

Only the admin of Yammer group can grant approvals.

Private Group (Unlisted)

Need approval - admin of the Yammer group or any member can approve.

Only the admin of Yammer group can grant approvals.

See Also

Is my group in Yammer connected to Office 365?

Manage a group in Yammer

Create a dynamic group in Yammer

Create and manage external groups in Yammer

Learn about Office 365 Groups

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