Send chat messages to video call participants

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You can send messages during a video call to the other video call 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 call. Messages sent before you joined are not displayed, and all messages disappear when you leave the video call.
  • Important: When meetings are recorded the chat conversation log is also saved.

Send a chat message during a video call

  1. Join a Meet video call.
  2. Click Chat "" (upper right corner).
  3. Enter a text message and click the Send Send icon.

Note: If you want guests to be able to edit a file, make sure you have shared the Google file with them.

Prevent participants from sending chat messages in a video call

Important: Preventing call participants from sending chat messages is currently only available to G Suite for Education users. You can only enable this setting on a computer but it applies to all device types.

Meeting organizers can stop participants from sending chat messages. Participants will still be able to read the messages. You’ll need to update this setting for every new call, even if it is a recurring event.

  1. Join a Meet video call.
  2. At the bottom, click Host controls .
  3. Turn off Share their screen.

Tip: If you can't turn the setting on or off, you might need to turn off a Chrome extension for Meet. Learn how to install and manage extensions.

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