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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.

  • 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.


  • 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. At the bottom right, click Chat "" .
  3. Enter a message.
  4. Click Send Send.

Tip: If you share a file in the chat, make sure you give the other participants access to it.

Prevent participants from sending chat messages in a video call

Important: Host Management must be turned on to use Chat lock.

Meeting hosts can stop participants from sending chat messages. Participants will still be able to read the messages.

If you turn chat messages off in recurring meetings or meetings that use the same meeting code, the setting will be saved for the next scheduled meeting. If you turn chat messages off in a one-time, nicknamed, or instant meeting, the chat message setting will turn on after the meeting ends. 

Turn chat messages on or off

  1. Join a Meet video call.
  2. At the bottom right, click Host controls .

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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