Google Meet

Controls & Settings guide

Google Meet’s security controls are turned on by default, so in most cases, you don’t need to take extra steps to ensure that the right protections are in place, however, you may want to know the basics of how to keep your family extra secure when video-calling.

Google meet logo

What do I need?

A Google account (email address and password)

Restrictions you can apply

icon Calls & Texts
icon Chatting
icon Privacy

Step by Step instructions


Where to report abuse

Anti-abuse features on by default. No one can join a meeting unless invited or admitted by the host. If you believe someone is violating the Google guidelines you can report them.

When in a video call:

Step 1 – Tap the three dots in the bottom right corner (same on both desktop and app version)
Step 2 – Tap Report abuse
Step 3 – Fill in the information and tap Submit (Report if using desktop version)


How to report a problem

When in a video call:

Step 1 – Tap the three dots in the bottom right corner (same on both desktop and app version)
Step 2 – Tap Report a problem. You will be asked to enter the information
Step 3 – Tap Send


How to remove a participant (Desktop version only)

Meetings organised through a Google Workspace account: A participant from the domain that organised the video meeting can remove another participant, if necessary.

Meetings organised through a personal Google Account: Only the event moderator can remotely remove another participant.

When in a video call:

Step 1 – Click the back arrow
Step 2 – Point to the person
Step 3 – Click Remove


Where to mute a participant

If there’s feedback or background noise in a video call, you can mute other participant’s microphones. For video calls organised through a personal account, only the organiser can mute other participants.

When in a video call (App version):

Step 1 – At the top left, tap the meeting name
Step 2 – On the ‘People’ tab, next to a participant, tap Menu
Step 3 – Tap Mute

When in a video call (Desktop version):

On the ‘People’ tab, select the person and tap Mute
Important: If you don’t see the People tab, long-press/tap a participant’s thumbnail, tap the microphone icon.

For privacy reasons, you cannot unmute another person. Ask the participant to unmute their audio. To mute or unmute yourself, tap Mute.

Dial-in participants

Applicable for video calls organised by Google Workspace users only.

Phone participants press *6 to mute or unmute their phone.

If someone else mutes you, you can only unmute if you press *6.