Google Meet now lets you add up to 25 co-hosts per meeting

by Jeremy

Google Meet is adding many new features meant to expand controls in a single meeting and keep it free from interruptions. The headline addition is the ability to delegate up to 25 co-hosts per meeting. The new co-hosting feature makes it easier to moderate every discussion with new controls that Google has concurrently unveiled. These include enabling or disabling screen sharing, limiting who can chat, muting all participants with one click, and ending the meeting for everyone. To assign co-hosts, you’ll need to turn on the “Host management” option in Meet settings under the “Host controls” section.

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Until now, it was adding co-hosts that were available only to Google Workspace for Education customers. However, there are limitations to the feature’s availability as it stands, as it’s rolling out only on the following Workspace editions: Business Standard, Business Plus, Essentials, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, and Enterprise Plus.

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In addition, Quick Access settings are also coming to one of the best video conference software. This control allows hosts to choose who can automatically join a meeting and request permission first. It’s turned on by default, so meeting participants from your domain can automatically enter a meeting from mobile or desktop or by dialing in.

If it’s disabled, the meeting won’t start unless the host jumps in first. Participants can also block anonymous users, and only those who are invited can join without asking permission. However, its availability is limited only to all Workspace customers and G Suite Basic and Business customers. This means these controls are not available to Workspace Individual users or those with personal Google accounts.

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There’s also a new option to quickly search for specific participants through the updated People panel. This will allow you to mute participants, kick them, or delegate co-hosting access. The availability of these controls depends really on whether you’re using Meet for personal use or as a member of a Workspace organization. The new rules will roll out on desktop and mobile devices beginning August 16.

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