Google Meet settings reference for admins

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As an administrator, you can manage the features for Google Meet video meetings for your organization.

(Optional) Limit access to advanced features

Before you begin: To apply the setting for certain users, put their accounts in an organizational unit (to set by department) or a configuration group (to set for users across or within departments).

For example, you can let only your engineering department record meetings or marketing department live stream meetings to large groups. To do this, place engineering and marketing users in their own organizational units. Then turn on recording or live streaming permissions for the specific organizational unit.

Manage Meet settings

Note: Changes typically take effect in minutes, but can take up to 24 hours. For details, go to How changes propagate to Google services.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenGoogle Workspaceand thenGoogle Meet.
  3. Click Meet video settings.
  4. To apply the setting to everyone, leave the top organizational unit selected. Otherwise, select a child organizational unit or a configuration group.
  5. Choose a setting:
    Attendance reporting

    Let meeting organizers get reports about who attended their meetings. Learn more about attendance tracking.

    Telephony

    Events and invitations include a phone number for guests to join meetings by phone.

    You can also allow paid dial-in and dial-out calls with numbers from additional countries/regions. For details, go to Set up Meet global dialing.

    Client logs upload Users’ web browser and mobile app log information is sent to Google. This includes users’ email addresses and other information. Google uses it to help troubleshoot support requests from your organization. 
    Recording Let people record their meetings. Recordings are saved to the meeting organizer’s Google Drive. For details, see Turn recording on or off for Meet.
    Stream Let people stream their meetings live to a large audience. For details, see Turn live streaming on or off for Meet.
    Default video quality

    You can set allow Meet to automatically select the video quality. To reduce bandwidth, meetings can default to limited video bandwidth or audio only.

    This setting only applies to web browsers and it doesn’t affect Google Meet hardware or the Meet mobile apps.

    Users can overrule the organizational unit default value in their browser by enabling video in the Meet meeting and changing the video quality. The default setting will apply to each new meeting the user joins.

    This setting applies to uplink video bandwidth only. A setting for downlink bandwidth is currently not available.

    Interoperability Allow users of 3rd-party video-conferencing systems to join your organization’s Meet video meetings. For details, see Set up interoperability.
    Backgrounds

    Control whether people can replace their video feed backgrounds with images. Settings:

    • ON—People can replace their backgrounds with images.
    • Let users select custom images—People can choose their own images in addition to preconfigured images.
    • OFF—People can't replace their backgrounds with images.

    The meeting organizer's background settings apply to all meeting participants. For example, if the setting is off for the organizer, participants can't change their backgrounds even if the setting is on for their accounts.

    Note: This setting doesn't impact background blur availability.

    Integrations

    Allows users to present directly from their Google Docs, Sheets or Slides. 

    When turned off, users do not see the Meet option in the Editors.

    For details, see Present to Google Meet from Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides

  6. Click Save. If you configured an organizational unit or group, you might be able to Inherit or Override a parent organizational unit, or Unset a group.  Changes typically take effect in minutes, but can take up to 24 hours. For details, go to How changes propagate to Google services.

End a meeting for all participants

As a Google Workspace administrator, you can use the End meeting for all action in the security investigation tool to remove all users from selected meetings within your organization. For example, you might want to prevent users from having unsupervised meetings when the meeting host isn’t present, or after an event has completed. For details, see Use the investigation tool to end meetings.

Tip: The admin tool is different than the feature that allows meeting organizers and moderators on a computer to end the meeting for everyone on a video call. For details, see End meeting for all.

Manage Meet safety settings

As an administrator, you can control who can join meetings in your domain and which meetings your users may join.

Note: Changes typically take effect in minutes, but can take up to 24 hours. For details, go to How changes propagate to Google services.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenGoogle Workspaceand thenGoogle Meet.
  3. Click Meet safety settings.
  4. To apply the setting to everyone, leave the top organizational unit selected. Otherwise, select a child organizational unit.
    1. Choose a setting:
      Domain

      Who can join meetings in your domain. Choose from the following options:

      • Only users from your organization or users dialing in using a phone
      • Users signed in with a Google account or users dialing in using a phone
      • All users (including users not signed in with a Google account)
      Access

      Which meetings users can join:

      • Meetings created in your organization only
      • Meetings created in any Workspace organization
      • Any meetings, including meetings created with personal accounts
      Joining

      How users can join:

      On (default)

      • Participants in the same domain as the host do not need to knock to request to join the meeting. 
      • Participants joining by phone do not need to knock to request to join the meeting.
      • Participants can dial-out from within the meeting.

      Off

      • The host must be the first to join.
      Host Management

      Start meetings with Host Management turned on or off by default. 

      • When Host Management is off, the meeting host cannot use the following features.
      • When Host Management is turned on, the meeting host can click Host controls  in the meeting to do the following.

      All Workspace editions

      • Prevent participants from sharing their screen
      • Turn chat messages on or off
      • End the meeting for all
      • Mute all (desktop only) 

      Some Workspace editions 

      When Host Management is turned on, the meeting host can also add up to 25 co-hosts and co-moderators in a meeting. For details, see Add Co-hosts in Google Meet.
  5. Click Save. If you configured an organizational unit or group, you might be able to Inherit or Override a parent organizational unit, or Unset a group.  Changes typically take effect in minutes, but can take up to 24 hours. For details, go to How changes propagate to Google services.

Manage Meet links in Calendar events

A video conference link is automatically added to all new Google Calendar events for users that can create video calls. Admins can disable automatic video conference links for all new Calendar events, or users can adjust the video conferencing preferences for their account.

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