One of the best video conferencing and online classroom tools is Google Meet. Among its many useful functions is the option to silence individuals in a conversation.
Okay, but how does this app function in practice? And is there a way to silence everyone at once? Read this article to learn how to mute participants on a Google Meet call.
How to Use the Mute Button in Google Meet
- A mute button is a must-have feature for any audio or video calling program. If you regularly participate in conference calls, familiarity with its location and functionality is crucial. Imagine you’re a dedicated educator who wants nothing more than to pass on life-changing information to your students.
- One of them, though, features music or the sound of a barking dog. The universal mute button, please.
- It’s a pity that it doesn’t already exist. To put it mildly, not just yet. You can, however, mute any individual Google Meet participant if necessary. There will be a slight delay. What you should do is listed below.
- The People button can be accessed by clicking the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen while in a Google Meet conference call.
- The call’s attendees will appear in a separate window. To silence a specific person, click their name.
- To silence your device, click the mute button (three dotted horizontal lines). It’s as simple as tapping the image.
- As a second window pops up, you’ll be asked to verify that you really do want to mute that person for everyone on the call. Both “Cancel” and “Mute” are available as options.
- Indeed, that sums up the situation perfectly. That can take a while because the number of attendees in a Google Meet might vary from 100 to 250, depending on the G Suite edition.
- Plus, before you start mashing that Mute button, it’s important to remember the following:
- In Google Meet, anyone can mute anyone else with only one click. Therefore, that presents its own challenges.
- When you mute someone, nobody, not even the person who muted them, can hear what they are saying.
- The call participants will be informed that you have muted your microphone by clicking the Mute button.
- A person cannot be unmuted once you’ve muted them. It’s incumbent upon them to remove their own muzzles. They say it’s because of Google’s privacy concerns.
How About if You Turn out To Be the Quiet One?
Having your silence requested is a problem for everyone. What, though, do you do if you’re in the middle of a Google Meet conference call and notice that your Mute button has become red? You’ve been muted by another call participant. That’s only a guess, though. Or perhaps you were making an annoying noise and didn’t realize it.
Unmuting oneself will allow you to continue speaking normally. However, you can inquire in the conversation about the reason for your silent status.
If there’s an issue, just open the “Chat” tab by tapping the “People” symbol. Because Google’s policy makes it so that you can’t get unmuted if someone accidentally muted you.
Make Use of An Add-On
Since Google has failed to implement a dedicated mute option, we’ve been forced to fall back on the age-old adage, “If there’s a will, there’s a way.” Chrome users, rejoice: an add-on is available to facilitate your needs! The Mute All for Google Meet Chrome extension is a simple and effective way to silence everyone in a Google Meet.
After the extension has been installed and Google Meet has been opened in the Chrome browser, click the icon that looks like a jigsaw piece in the upper right corner. Choose the add-on and customize it to your liking.
Everybody will be immediately muted if you use the Auto-Mute option. If you deselect this, the “Mute All” button will allow you to mute and unmute individual tracks.