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Google Meet Hosts can Participate with Mic and Camera Off

According to a post on the Google Workspace blog, Google Meet hosts will soon be able to switch off participants’ microphones or cameras and prevent them from turning them back on. The feature could be handy for meeting presenters to discourage disruptive or boisterous visitors from interrupting sessions even after they have been muted.

The microphone and camera lock feature will be off by default; hosts will have to turn it on during meetings if they want to use it. If your meeting has breakout rooms, any audio and video locks made in the main will apply to those, too. Those locks applied in individual breakout rooms won’t apply to other breakout rooms or the main room.

Google Meet hosts turn on the locks and you’re using an older version of the iOS or Android app that doesn’t support the feature, you’ll be ejected out of the meeting; if they’re switched on ahead of time and you’re using one of those older applications, you won’t be allowed to attend the meeting at all. Turning off the locks, according to Google, will allow those using older apps to join in meetings.

All Google Workspace customers will have access to the feature, which began rolling out for users on the Rapid Release tracks on Thursday. It will start rolling out for those on the Scheduled Release track on November 1st.

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