Send chat messages to video meeting participants


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You can send messages during a video meeting to the other video meeting guests from a computer or mobile device.


  • If you join a conference room using Google meeting room hardware, you can view the messages, but not send.
  • Messages are visible to everyone in the call.
  • You can only view the chat messages exchanged when you're on the video meeting. Messages sent before you joined are not displayed, and all messages disappear when you leave the video meeting.
  • Except for pinned chat messages, you can only view the chat messages exchanged when you're in the video meeting. This means that:
    • Messages sent before you join do not display.
    • When you leave the video meeting, all messages disappear.
  • 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.
  • Important: When meetings are recorded the chat conversation log is also saved.
  • Workspace organizations with admin capabilities can switch this feature on or off for the entire organization.

Learn more about Google Meet settings for admins.

Send a chat message during a video meeting

  1. Open the Meet app Meet app.
  2. Join a video meeting.
  3. On the bottom right, tap More More.
  4. Tap In call messages View messages.

Tip: If you share a file via the chat and want participants to edit it, make sure you give participants edit access.

Prevent participants from sending chat messages in a video meeting

Important: To use this feature, you must turn on Host Management.

Meeting hosts can stop participants from sending chat messages. Participants can still read the messages.

If you turn chat messages off in recurring meetings or meetings that use the same meeting code, the setting is saved for the next scheduled meeting. If you turn chat messages off in a one-time, nicknamed, or instant meeting, the chat message setting turns on after the meeting ends. 

Turn chat messages on or off

  1. In a meeting, tap the screen and then Menu More.
  2. Tap Host controls .
  3. On the bottom, turn Send chat messages on or off.
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