Jamboard glossary

Term Definition
Jam code An 8-letter code used to invite coworkers to join a live jam. It’s similar to the meeting code used in Hangouts Meet and the video-call link used in classic Hangouts video calls. Learn more
companion apps

Phone app, tablet app, and the web viewer. See mobile apps and web.

drawing strokes

Anything that's written or drawn by using the pen tools on the board. The drawings appear on top of the objects on the frame. See drawing tools.


The current screen of the Jamboard; equivalent to a page. Each jam can have up to 20 frames created in it. You can view those frames in the frame organizer. Think of each frame as a team member working on or viewing. Everyone who’s on the companion app sees the same view.

frame bar

A thumbnail view of the frames in your document. Appears in the top center of your Jamboard. You use the frame bar to navigate between frames. You can also use this to reorder frames, view what frames collaborators are currently on or viewing, and to duplicate and delete frames.

Handwriting recognition

A tool that transforms your handwriting into printed text. See drawing tools.


A jam is a set of frames saved from a live session. You can also use the app to create jams for a future session. Each jam is automatically saved in Google Drive once you've signed in and given the jam an owner. Learn how to work with jams.


A digital collaborative whiteboard for G Suite customers. It consists of a custom 55-inch, 4K touch display that runs custom Jamboard software as its operating system. Integrated with Google Drive. Learn more about hardware and software specs. For other questions, see FAQs.

Jamboard Admin console

The page where you can manage and access Jamboards in your organization.

Jamboard app

The whiteboard app that runs on smartphones and tablets.

Jamboard software

The software that runs the Jamboard device.

laser pointer

A tool to temporarily highlight items on the board, using your finger or stylus. See drawing tools.

live session

A Jamboard-controlled session in real-time with participants. Learn how to work with jams.


Any defined visual or text content, such as the font, converted shapes, or images. The object most recently touched or created appears on top of previously touched or created objects.

Objects always appear behind the drawing layer. You can delete objects by tapping them with 2 fingers and dragging them to the bottom of the screen. You can enlarge objects by tapping them with 2 fingers and drag outward or pinch open.. See drawing tools.

phone app

The companion phone app lets you connect to jams and push a saved jam to the board. Editing capabilities are limited on the phone app. For example, you can currently only add sticky notes, upload photos, and upload documents from Google Drive to the board. See phone apps.

search images

A tool where you can enter any term to see and access a gallery of images or maps from the web. Tap and drag any image to drop the image into a frame. Only copyright-free images appear, which you can use for presentations.  Learn how to add objects.

shape recognition A tool you use to create shapes. See drawing tools.
sticker and stencil gallery A preset of images. Tap any sticker to drop it into a frame. You can think of stickers like objects and can work with them as such. Learn how to add objects.
stylus A writing tool that’s passive, intuitive, and simple. It doesn’t need to be charged, paired, or docked. Jamboard recognizes the difference between the stylus and your finger. See drawing tools.

tablet app

It has the same essential editing capabilities as the Jamboard. You can use it to edit live jam sessions and saved jams that have been shared with you, to join jams, and push content to Jamboard. See also companion apps, jams, live session. See tablet app.

Note: An owner is automatically assigned if a jam is initially created or started using a tablet.

toolbar To the left of a frame, a menu that contains the drawing tools.

web snapshot

A function of the search web tool. Used to open a browser to search for web content to include in a frame. Google Maps are popular items to search for and include in jams.

web viewer

A tool where you can open Jamboard links on a browser, such as Chrome. The viewer is live where you can view all collaborative actions.

Note: The web viewer only allows you to view jams. You can't currently make changes or comments inside a jam. However, you can change the name of the jam file and add collaborators.

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