Google Meet is adding a new Audio and Video Lock feature. It allows hosts to turn off the microphones and camera of select participants during a meeting. It also prevents the participants from turning back on until the host unlocks them. Earlier this year, the search giant has given Google Meet hosts the power. The power to mute all participants at once in the online meeting platform on the desktop.
- New lock features give social media ‘s Meet hosts more control
- Locks in the main meeting will apply to subsequently launch breakout rooms
- Google Meet’s new lock features started rolling out on Thursday.
Further, the latest Audio and Video Lock allows hosts to prevent participants from unmuting themselves. It is after the participants mute themselves in the meeting.
About the new feature of Google Meet
Google on October 21 announced the arrival of the new feature. It announced this feature via blog post. Further, the Audio and Video Lock feature gives hosts more moderation control over their meetings. It will also ensure the productivity of the meeting.
For example, a host can use this option when a background noise disturbs other listeners. Additionally, the host can also decide on allowing different levels of participation from attendees.
During a call, the latest Audio and Video Lock will apply. It will apply to any subsequently launched breakout rooms. Further, it will allow smaller groups to form breakout rooms with Google Meets as well. Once a breakout room is formed, any changes can be made to a lock setting in an individual room. It will further not affect the settings of other breakout rooms or the main meetings.
How does it work?
The feature works on devices with Android OS version Mor newer. It will also work on iOS version 12 or newer. Users need to have the latest updated version of the Meet of Gmail app as well. People using a version of Meet on Android or iOS that does not support this feature. Further, if the participants attempt to join a meeting that has either of these locks enabled. Then they will have to update their app or use another device to join the meeting.
Turning off the audio or video locks will allow these participants to rejoin the meeting. Moreover, the Audio and Video Lock feature started rolling out on October 21. It is for the users on the Rapid Release domains. all the users can use it in the coming weeks, Google confirmed that all Google Workspace customers and G Suite Basic and Business customers can use it.