Pin or mute Google Meet participants

For education accounts

The following people can mute or remove video meeting participants:

  • Meeting creator
  • Calendar event owner
  • Person who sets up a meeting on an in-room hardware device

Important: Participants (both in-domain and out of domain) who are removed from the meeting can't request access to rejoin the meeting. If a participant's requests to join a meeting are denied twice, they won't be able to request to join the meeting again. In these cases, the meeting organiser can manually invite them back into the meeting.

Learn how to set up Meet for distance learning.

Important: For meetings organised using a personal Google Account, only the meeting creator can mute or remove other participants.


Select a participant from the filmstrip to mute, pin or remove the person.

Pin a participant

To only view one specific participant, pin them to your screen.

Once in a video call, to pin a participant: 

  • Tap and hold a person’s icon and then tap Pin Pin (keep).

Tap the People tab and thenselect a participant to pin.

Remove a participant

Meetings organised through a Google Workspace account: A participant from the domain that organised the video meeting can remove another participant, if necessary. 

Meetings organised through a personal Google Account: Only the event moderator can remotely remove another participant. 

In a video meeting, click the back arrow Backpoint to the person, then click Remove Remove 

Mute a participant’s microphone

If there is feedback or background noise in a video call, you may want to mute other participant’s microphones. For video calls organised through a personal account, only the video call moderator can mute other participants.

Once in a video call: 

To mute other people, on the People tab, select the person and tap Mute "".

Important: If you don’t see the People tab, long-press/tap a participant’s thumbnail, tap .

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

Dial-in participants

Applicable for video calls organised by Google Workspace users only. 

  • Phone participants always press *6 to mute or unmute their phone.
  • If someone else mutes you, you can only unmute using *6.
Was this helpful?
How can we improve it?