Pin or mute Google Meet participants

Select a participant from the "People" tab to mute or pin them.

Pin up to 6 tiles or presentations in Google Meet


  • You can't pin things in companion mode. Learn more about companion mode.
  • You can only pin things when you join with full audio and video.
  • If you use a sign language interpreter, pin the presentation and interpreter at the same time.
  • You can pin a participant, presentation, or up to 3 items in Google Meet.
  • Hosts and co-hosts can pin up to 3 tiles for other participants.

To pin:

  • Meeting participants or presentations:
    1. Hover over a tile you want to pin.
    2. Click Pin.
    3. To pin for yourself: From the down arrow, click For myself only.
    4. To pin for everyone: From the down arrow, click For everyone.
  • Participants or presentations not on the layout:
    1. At the bottom right, click the People panelPeople Tab.
    2. Next to the meeting participant or presentation you want to pin, click Pin to the screen.
    3. To pin for yourself: From the down arrow, click For myself only.
    4. To pin for everyone: From the down arrow, click For everyone.

When you pin the maximum number of participants and presentations, a prompt appears to notify you.

To unpin a participant or presentation:

  1. Hover over the tile you want to unpin.
  2. Click Unpin.

To unpin a tile or a presentation for everyone:

  1. Hover over a tile you want to unpin.
  2. Click Unpin for everyone .

Learn how Moderated Pinning works

A Moderated Pin is any tile or presentation that a host pins for others in the meeting.

  • Only hosts and co-hosts can pin for everyone within the meeting.
  • Hosts and co-hosts can pin up to 3 tiles for other participants.
  • If a pinned participant leaves and rejoins the meeting, the hosts have to pin them again.
  • Hosts and co-hosts can only pin for others if they join the meeting via a desktop or laptop.
    • For participants who join a meeting via a desktop, laptop, or a Google Meet meeting room, Moderated Pins will appear.
    • For participants who join a meeting via the Google Meet app on an Android device or iPhone or iPad, Moderated Pins won't appear.
  • Hosts and co-hosts can’t pin for everyone when they use Companion mode or Live stream.
  • Hosts and co-hosts can’t pin Add Ons for others.
  • If a meeting guest already has up to 6 things pinned for themself, then anything pinned by the hosts will replace the tile most recently pinned by the meeting guest.
  • After the hosts pin a tile or presentation, participants can manually unpin it.

Pin from Google Meet Hardware

To pin:

  • Your meeting room: Next to the room, click Pin .
  • Participants, presentations, or rooms: Next to the meeting participant, presentation, or room, click Menu  and then Pin .

Tip: If 3 items are already pinned, the option to pin is grayed out on additional tiles.

To unpin, click Menu  and then Unpin .

Mute a participant’s microphone

If there is feedback or background noise in a meeting, you may want to mute other participant’s microphones.


Tip: The following applies when Host Management is turned off. When Host Management is on, only the the main host and co-hosts can mute other participants.  

For meetings organized through a personal account, only the meeting moderator can mute other participants.

For meetings organized through a Google Workspace account, a participant from the domain that organized the meeting can mute another participant, if necessary. 

For meetings organized through an Education account, only meeting creators, calendar event owners, or people who set up a meeting in an in-room hardware device can mute other participants.
  • Point to a person’s image > click Mute .
  • At the bottom right, click People People.
    • Next to a participant's name, click Mute .

Tip: For privacy reasons, you cannot unmute another person. Ask the participant to unmute their audio. To mute or unmute yourself, click Mute 

Mute all participants

Important: Host Management must be turned on to Mute all participants.

Meeting creators and calendar event owners can mute all participants at the same time. Participants can unmute themselves after they’ve been muted.

  • At the bottom right, click People People and then Mute all .
Learn how to set up Meet for distance learning.

Dial-in participants

For paid Google Workspace editions only.

  • Phone participants always press *6 to mute or unmute their phone.
  • If someone else mutes you, you can only unmute using *6.

Turn off video feed from other participants

Available to all Google Workspace editions, as well as G Suite Basic and Business.
  • Business Starter
  • Business Standard
  • Business Plus
  • Education Fundamentals
  • Education Standard
  • Enterprise Starter
  • Enterprise Essentials
  • Enterprise Standard
  • Enterprise Plus
  • Essentials Starter
  • Essentials
  • Google One Subscribers with 2TB or more storage space
  • Teaching & Learning Upgrade
  • Workspace Individual

You can focus your meeting view to just the presenter or hide participants with video feeds you find distracting.

Important: This only impacts your view.

Hide meeting participants or presentations

  1. Hover over a person's or presentation's tile.
  2. Click More options  and then Don't watch .

Hide participants or presentation not on the layout

  1. At the bottom right, select Show everyone People Tab.
  2. On a participant, click More actions  and then Don't watch .

Tip: To turn the video back on, click Start Watching Camera.

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