Add or remove people from a Google Meet video call

You can add people to a video meeting in Google Meet before or after the meeting has started. You can also remove people during a video meeting. 

Some people need to request permission before they can join the video meeting. For details, go to Join a video meeting.

Add people during a video meeting

While in the meeting, you can invite others to join. For meetings organised through personal Google Accounts, only the meeting organiser can admit participants.

  • Google Workspace users: To admit someone who isn’t in your organisation, someone from within your organisation must admit the invited participant.
  1. Open the Meet app Meet app and join a video call. 
  2. At the top left, tap the meeting name.
  3. On the 'People' tab, to send the meeting details to other participants, tap Share joining info .
Tip: For meetings organised by Google Workspace users, the joining info includes how to join via a phone.

Remove people during a video meeting

Important: You need to be in the same Google Workspace organisation as the meeting organiser to remove someone from a call. For calls organised through your personal Google Account, only the meeting organiser can remove participants during a video call.

Once in a video call:

  1. At the top left, tap the meeting name.
  2. On the 'People' tab, next to a participant, tap Menu Customise and control Google Chromeand then Remove .

Tip: To remove a user who called from their phone, next to the number, tap Remove .

Google Workspace for Education users: Participants (both in-domain and out of domain) removed from the meeting can't request access to join the meeting again. 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.

End meeting for all 

Meeting organisers and moderators on an iOS device can end the meeting for everyone on a video call. 'End meeting for all' ends the meeting and automatically removes all participants from the meeting, so you don't have to remove participants manually.

Best practices

  • Workspace hosts with Quick access can keep it on or off when they end a meeting for everyone. When the same meeting link is used to restart the meeting, the meeting host can turn on Quick access if they want. 
  • Participants can access the meeting link for a meeting that has ended, but can't join until the meeting host restarts the meeting. The meeting will automatically restart once the host rejoins. If a host ends a meeting with Quick access on, participants can rejoin the meeting even without the host
  • To make sure that students can't access the end-meeting feature to start or end meetings, admins can turn off the 'Create a meeting' setting for students
  • By default, when a meeting created from Classroom ends, Quick access is automatically turned off. 
  • Some Workspace admins on certain Workspace editions can end a meeting with the security investigation tool. Learn how to use the investigation tool.
  • Create a new meeting each time that you want to meet with a different group of participants. When you restart an ended meeting, all previous participants can join.

To end a meeting for all:

  1. At the bottom of your screen, tap Leave call "".
  2. On the menu that appears, tap End meeting for all.
Optional: To leave the meeting but not end it for everyone, tap Leave meeting.

Control access to a video meeting with Quick access

As the meeting organiser, use Quick access to decide who needs to ask to join the video meeting.

When Quick access is on:

When Quick access is off:

  • Participants from your domain can automatically join the meeting using their computer or mobile device.
  • Participants who dial into the meeting using their phone can automatically join.
  • Any participant can dial out of the meeting.
  • The meeting host must join the meeting before anyone else can join.
  • Only participants invited by the host can join the meeting without asking/'knocking'. 
  • Participants from your organisation who haven’t been invited must ask to join the meeting. This includes people who want to dial in to the meeting by phone.
  • People who are invited by someone other than you during the meeting must ask to join.
  • Only meeting hosts can dial out of the meeting.

Quick access is turned on by default for all meetings where host management is turned on. Workspace admins can set the default to on or off.  After you start a video meeting, you can change the Quick access setting as often as you need.

Tips: 

  • If you turn Quick access on or off in recurring meetings or meetings that reuse the same meeting code, the setting will be saved for future meetings. If you turn Quick access on or off in a one-time, nicknamed or instant meeting, the setting will return to on after the meeting ends. 
  • For meetings created from Google Calendar, invited participants can join any time between 15 minutes before the scheduled time and the end of the meeting. Otherwise, participants will need to knock to join the meeting.

To turn Quick access on or off

  1. In a meeting, tap the screen and then Menu More
  2. Tap Host controls  and then turn Quick access On or Off.
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