Google Meet hosts will be able to keep participants’ microphones and cameras turned off

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Google Meet hosts will soon be able to turn off attendees’ microphones or cameras and prevent them from turning them back on, the company said in a Workspace blog. This feature could be a useful way for hosts to prevent loud or rowdy participants from continually interrupting meetings, even after they have already been muted.

The microphone and camera lock function will be disabled by default; hosts will need to enable it during meetings if they want to use it. If your meeting has breakout rooms, any audio and / or video locks made in the main room will also apply to those. The reverse is not true, however, which means that locks applied in individual panel rooms will not apply to other panel rooms or the main room.

The host control screen in Google Meet.
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If you are using older versions of the apps on iOS and Android that do not support the feature, you will be excluded from the meeting if the hosts activate the locks; if they are enabled before the meeting and you are using one of these older apps, you will not be able to join the meeting at all. Google says disabling locks will allow people using older apps to join a meeting.

All Google Workspace customers will have access to the feature, which began rolling out to users on Quick Release tracks on Thursday. It will begin rolling out for those on the scheduled November 1 release track.


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