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Google Meet accessibility

Users with disabilities can participate in Google Meet video meetings using accessibility features in Meet, Chrome Browser, and Google meeting room hardware.

Important:

  • If you use Meet with a Voice Over software, when a chat message is sent, you'll get a sound notification but the messages aren't voiced over. To hear the message, open the chat panel.
  • We recommend you turn off noise cancellation in Meet if you use an electrolarynx. Accessibility improvements are in progress in Meet. Learn how to turn off noise cancellation.

Accessibility features

  • Live captions—Display captions of the person speaking so that participants who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can follow what’s said in video meetings. If you record a meeting, select Record captions to embed the captions in the clip.
    Learn more about captions in a video meeting
  • Transcripts—Enable transcripts in your meetings so that participants can review the meeting dialogue in written form at a later time.
    Learn more about Transcripts with Google Meet
  • Screen readers and magnifiers—Blind and low-vision users can use the built-in screen reader, full-page zoom, high-contrast color, and accessibility extensions in Chrome Browser.
    Learn more about Google accessibility products and features
  • Keyboard shortcuts—Users can control the camera and microphone and open accessibility features using the keyboard.
    Learn more about Google Workspace keyboard shortcuts
  • Google meeting room hardware—Hard-of-hearing and low-vision users can use spoken feedback and live captions on Google meet hardware and Chromebox and Chromebase for meetings.
    Learn more about Google meeting room hardware accessibility
  • Push to talk—To unmute yourself, press and hold the spacebar. To mute again, release the spacebar.
    • This feature is off by default in your audio settings and may not work for Windows users who use their screen reader. In this situation, the spacebar performs a different action.
  • Remove video distractions— Turn off the video feed from other participants. You can focus your meeting view to just the presenter or hide participants with video feeds you find distracting. Other participants aren’t notified or experience any changes on their feeds.
  • Pair tiles— This Google Meet feature allows users to pair tiles in a call. For example, a participant and their sign language interpreter can use pair tiles to show who’s speaking or interpreting. Learn more about Pair tiles in Google Meet.

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