Google Meet arms hosts with tools to silence disruptive attendees

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Keeping your meetings on track in Google Meet is about to get a lot easier as Google has added the ability to lock audio and video to its video conferencing software.

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Earlier this feature was only available when using Google Meet on a computer, but now the company has made it possible for hosts and co-hosts to lock all participants’ audio and video from an iOS device. However, according to an update in the Google Workspace blog, Google is also planning to make this feature available for Android smartphones early next year.

By giving hosts and co-hosts the ability to mute all participants’ audio and prevent them from using their cameras, it will be easier to keep meetings on track and productive because there will be fewer disruptions.

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Google Meet’s new Audio Lock and Video Lock settings apply to all devices, whether set up on a computer or an iOS device.

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However, when this feature is enabled, mobile participants can be removed from the meeting if their device does not have the Meet or Gmail app, Android OS version M or newer, or iOS version 12 or newer. Once the feature is disabled, these removed participants will be able to rejoin the meeting.

It’s also worth noting that this feature is available for all Google Workspace customers as well as all G Suite Basic and Business customers.

While employees, managers, and participants are a little better at calming down in meetings, audio lock and video lock can be especially useful for teachers and teachers conducting distance learning classes using Google Meet.

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