How to subscribe to a Google Group without a Google account

October 31st, 2013 08:22 – by Torsten Trautwein

A few weeks ago, I switched my email accounts from Google Apps to FastMail – which, by the way, was as easy and straightforward as it gets.

I'm subscribed to some mailing lists on Google Groups and so I wanted to receive these mails without using my Google account. Here's how to do it:

  1. Go to the about page of the group you want to join, e.g. https://groups.google.com/forum/#!aboutgroup/rubyonrails-core.
  2. Have a look at the Group email. In this example, that would be rubyonrails-core@googlegroups.com.
  3. Append +subscribe to the address and send an email with the subject subscribe. Here, we would send that email to rubyonrails-core+subscribe@googlegroups.com.
  4. You'll receive a mail from the group asking you to confirm your subscription. Just hit reply and send the email without modifying the subject field.

That's it! You'll receive a confirmation shortly after.

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