New audio and video locks help Google Meet hosts keep disruptive attendees at bay

The ability to force mute any meeting participant in Google Meet was rolled out almost a year ago, but after being muted, call participants could simply unmute and continue. . The problem with this feature is that often when people try to adjust to the digital workspace during and after the pandemic, they can fumble around with their microphone and camera and not understand why they have been muted. , to start. Accidents happen, and if someone forgets to turn their mic off or keeps turning it back on because they think it was mistakenly turned off, it creates chaos and interrupts the meeting.

To address this issue, Google is rolling out new host controls that will allow you to force the audio for everyone on the call and, more importantly, keep it muted. These new “audio lock” and “video lock” options are simple flicks of a switch that will save the speaker a world of headaches. Once muted, the target remains muted until the host manually re-activates them – great!


Anyone using Google Meet for Android M or iOS 12 or later will be fine if they join meetings with this feature enabled, but anyone using a lower version of the app will be forcibly removed from the meeting if they are. muted for compatibility reasons. Then they will be prompted to update their app before they are allowed to join the call.

If an administrator or host sets these locks on a call, they will remain intact in all subsequent breakout rooms, which is useful. However, if any changes are made to an audio or video lock in a breakout room, those changes will not apply to the main room after everyone has gathered there. Fortunately, all of the functionality will be turned off by default once it launches, so you and your organization can decide whether you want to use it or not.


Do you have a Rapid Release domain? If so, you can expect to start using it as early, now, and as late as two weeks from now. If you are running an organization with a scheduled release domain to better adapt your team to changes, you can expect to work with audio and video locks as early as November 1, 2021, with full deployment over the next two weeks.

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