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 uses Office 365 connected groups and 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, and can join this group.

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

  7. If your group is an Office 365 connected group, you'll also see a Classification section. The default classification is displayed. To change it, click Edit, and select the classification from the drop-down list.

  8. Select Create Group.

FAQ

Can I choose whether to create a regular Yammer group or an Office 365 connected group?

A: No. The type of Yammer group your organization uses is determined by your IT staff: all new groups created in Yammer are either regular Yammer groups or Office 365 connected Yammer groups. To see which type of Yammer group your organization uses, create a group and see if there is an Office 365 Resources section on the right pane of the group page. For more information, see Is my group in Yammer connected to Office 365?.

What features do I get if I'm using an Office 365 connected group?

Your group in Yammer also gets a SharePoint site, a SharePoint document library, a OneNote notebook, a plan in Microsoft Planner, and a group that can be accessed in Outlook and in the Global Address Book.

Can I create an Office 365 connected Yammer group that uses existing Office 365 group resources?

No. When a new Office 365 connected Yammer group is created, it gets a new SharePoint site, SharePoint document library, OneNote notebook, plan in Microsoft Planner, and shows up in the Global Address Book.

Why do I get the error message: "Name is in use by an existing group, user, or invited user."

For Yammer groups, if another group either currently exists, or if a user or someone who has been invited to your Yammer network has the same name as your proposed group name, you can't use the name.

For Office 365 connected groups, if a group that has been recently deleted has the same name as your proposed group name, the name can't be reused until the group is permanently deleted. For more information, see Permanently delete an Office 365 group.

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 the Yammer group can grant approvals.

Private Group (Unlisted))

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

Only the admin of the Yammer group can grant approvals.

See Also

Is my group in Yammer connected to Office 365?

Manage a group in Yammer

Learn about Office 365 Groups

Create a dynamic group in Yammer

Create and manage external groups in Yammer

Export group members to a .csv file

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