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Google Meet’s new features will let you add more co-hosts, mute others, and more

New features on Google Meet include an option to limit screen sharing on the platform as well.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 19:31 IST
Users will get these new Google Meet features on Android starting August 16.
Users will get these new Google Meet features on Android starting August 16. (Google )

Google is bringing in a whole bunch of new features to the Google Meet which is going to make it easier for users to control and direct meetings. However, all the features are not going to be accessible to all kinds of meetings/users. The accessible controls will depend on whether you are using Google Meet as a regular user or as a part of a Google Workspace team. “You'll now be able to assign up to 25 co-hosts per meeting, allowing them to access and utilize the host controls, use safety features to limit who can share their screen, send chat messages, mute all users and end meetings, use the “Quick access” setting to easily control who needs to request permission to join a meeting,” Google listed on a blog post. “Previously, these safety features were only available to Google Workspace for Education customers. These controls will now be available for all Google Meet users on the desktop and mobile,” the company added.

“We hope these expanded controls make it easier for you to keep meetings productive, safe, and help prevent potential disruptions. Additionally, delegated co-hosts can handle responsibilities such as—muting participants, launching polls, managing Q&As—giving you more time to focus on leading discussions and guiding attendees through presentations,” Google said.

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The main important update here is the fact that you will now be able to assign upto 25 co-hosts per meeting and all of them will get access to host controls. These controls will allow all hosts to limit who can share their screens, send chat messages, and also mute all participants with a single click. Host controls also include being able to end the meeting and pick who is allowed to enter the meeting. This last control feature that allows hosts to pick who can enter a meeting is available only on certain Google Workspace versions. The option of assigning co-hosts was previously only available to Google Workspace for Education customers.

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If you are a Google Workspace customer, you are also going to get a new Quick Access setting. This setting is going to be enabled by default. However, if it is turned off, meetings cannot start until the host joins. Users can now also do additional things like block anonymous users from joining a meeting or only letting invited participants join without asking - this will ensure that only people who are ‘supposed' to be at the meeting are there.

These new changes on Google Meet are scheduled to roll out on the web and on Android from August 16 onwards. They will come to iOS from August 30. Google has listed all the new incoming changes in detail in its blog that you can read here.

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