How to Mute Others in Google Hangouts
If you are looking into Google Hangouts instructions for muting others, you are in the right place. There are several reasons why you would want to mute someone and we’ll show you just how to do it.
Luckily, regardless of your need to mute someone, the option exist to accomplish just that. Read on for a detailed guide on muting, and other measures you can take in Google Meet. Just so we’re clear, the Hangouts Meet is now Google Meet, and that’s how we will call it in this article.
How to Mute Others on All Devices
Muting in Google Meet is simple, and you can do it across all supported devices (Android, iOS, and computers). Here is how to do it on a computer:
- Start a meeting on Google Meet. Click on that link, and press New meeting in the center of your screen.
- Name the meeting and add participants. You can skip these steps if you are in an ongoing session.
- To mute someone, select the Mute option (three dotted icon) next to their profile picture.
- Now, select Mute and confirm the decision.
You can mute others on Android and iOS in a similar fashion. Follow the steps:
- In an ongoing Google Meet conference, tap the <- (back arrow) icon or the meeting name and then select the People tab.
- Choose the person you’d like to mute then tap on the three dotted icon next to it.
- Select Mute (microphone icon).
Both Android and iOS users can mute people in landscape mode as well. In this mode, you need to scroll through the list of people in a meeting, select a person, and press Mute.
Related Muting Tips and Dial-In Participant Muting
Dial-in participants on Google Meet can get muted as well, the same way as described above. If you are a phone participant, you can use this key combination to mute or unmute yourself: *6 (star sign followed by number 6).
Muting in Google Meet is handy, but it shouldn’t be abused. The person you mute won’t know that you did it. That’s why you can’t unmute them later on. They have to unmute themselves, with the Microphone button, or *6 if they are on the phone.
You have the option to mute yourself too, just press the Microphone button next to your user icon. Everyone can get muted, with one exception. If you are using Google Meet with educational accounts, the only person who can mute and remove others is the one who created the meeting.
How to Remove Others
Muting in Google Meet is just a temporary solution. Sometimes, it is just not enough. If anyone in the meeting persists on being rude and impolite, you can simply remove them. Only the one who organized the conference has the power to remove participants, though.
Here is how to remove someone on a computer:
- In a meeting, choose the People option.
- Select the name of the person you want to be removed and then click on the More option next to it.
- Finally, press Remove.
Removing people on Android and iOS works the same way. Follow the steps:
- During a meeting, select the <- (back arrow) icon.
- Choose the person you want to remove then tap on More option next to it.
- Now, select the Remove option.
Removing is even more delicate than muting, so make sure that your decision to remove someone from a meeting is justified. If someone is inactive or away from the device, it’s OK to remove them from the conversation. In any other scenario, use your best judgment to make the decision.
Communication Is Crucial
If you are in an important meeting in Google Meet, try to remain professional, and have everything set up and working. Don’t instantly mute someone if they are loud or their microphone isn’t working. Try to explain the situation first. Removing people from calls shouldn’t be done lightly, either.
How is your experience with Google Meet? Is everything working as intended? Let us know in the comments section below.