Dysfunctional Programming

How to Signup to a Google Groups Mailing List

Posted by roryrjb - Sunday, 26th May 2019

If you want to join a mailing list provided by Google Groups and just happen to land on the Google Groups page, it will basically force you to either login to your Google account, or if already logged in, to signup with the email associated with your Google account. If you want to use any other email address however, it seems like you can’t. There is no information anywhere in Google Groups itself that seems to suggest you can do this.

I personally have a separate email address for open source related topics and a project’s mailing list is often the easiest way to automatically keep abreast of the latest developments, something which I’ve recently found out. Up until recently mailing list’s have been mostly invisible.

Luckily it’s very easy to do if you know how; here’s how.

First send a blank email to {group name}+subscribe@googlegroups.com. You’ll receive a response that looks like the following:

…but don’t click the button, you’ll arrive at the Google Group again and nothing will have changed, it will still prompt you to confirm with your Google account.

Just reply to the email (which sends it to {group name}+subconfirm@googlegroups.com). You’ll receive a further email stating you have successfully joined the group.

That’s it. To unsubscribe, it’s the exact same process but the initial email needs to be sent to {group name}+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com and the response will be sent to {group name}+unsubconfirm@googlegroups.com.

Last updated: Sat 08 Jun 2019 08:03:48 BST