Send chat messages to video meeting participants

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You can send messages during a meeting to the other video call guests from a computer or mobile device.

Notes 

  • If you join in a conference room using Google meeting room hardware, you can see the messages, but not send.
  • Messages are visible to everyone in the call.
  • You can only see the chat messages exchanged when you are in the meeting.  Messages sent before you joined are not displayed, and all messages disappear when you leave the meeting.

Examples

  • Share links to discussion items, such as designs, proposals, agendas, and other online resources.
  • Share links to Google Docs meeting notes or Google Slides presentations so people can follow along or add feedback.
  • Submit questions during a presentation without interrupting the speaker—then answer all the questions in the following Q&A session.

Send a chat message during a video meeting""

  1. Join a Meet video call.
  2. Click Chat "" (upper right corner).
  3. Enter a text message and click the Send Send icon.

Note: If you want guests to be able to edit a file, make sure you have shared the Google file with them.

Prevent participants from sending chat messages in a video call

Important: Preventing call participants from sending chat messages is currently only available to G Suite for Education users. You can only enable this setting on a computer but it applies to all device types.

Meeting organizers can stop participants from sending chat messages. Participants will still be able to read the messages. You’ll need to update this setting for every new call, even if it is a recurring event.

  1. Join a Meet video call.
  2. At the bottom, click Host controls .
  3. Turn off Share their screen.

Tip: If you can't turn the setting on or off, you might need to turn off a Chrome extension for Meet. Learn how to install and manage extensions.

Note: If you want guests to be able to edit a file, make sure you have shared the Google file with them.

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