How to Mute Other People in Google Hangouts

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If you're looking for Google Hangouts instructions to mute others, you've come to the right place. There are several reasons why you would want to mute someone and we are going to show you how to do it.

Luckily, whatever your need to mute someone, the option is there to make it happen. Read on for a detailed guide to mute and other actions you can take in Google Meet. Just to be clear, Hangouts Meet is now called Google Meet, and that's what we'll call it in this article.



How to mute others on all devices

Muting in Google Meet is simple and you can do it on all supported devices (Android, iOS and computers). Here's how to do it on a computer:

  1. Start a meeting on Google Meet. Click on this link and press New meeting in the center of your screen.
  2. Name the meeting and add participants. You can skip these steps if you are in a running session.
  3. To mute someone, select the Mute option (three-dot icon) next to their profile picture.
  4. Now select Mute and confirm the decision.

You can disable others on Android and iOS in the same way. Follow the steps:

  1. In an ongoing Google Meet conference, tap the meeting name, then select the Guests tongue.
  2. Choose the person you want to mute, then tap the three-dot icon next to it.
  3. Select Mute.

Android and iOS users can also mute people in landscape mode. In this mode, you have to scroll through the list of people in the meeting, select a person and press Mute.



Tips for muting and muting incoming call participants

Call participants on Google Meet can also be muted, in the same way as described above. If you are a telephone participant, you can use this key combination to mute or unmute: *6 (star sign followed by the number 6).

Muting in Google Meet is convenient, but it shouldn't be overused. The person you cut won't know you cut it. That's why you can't re-enable them later. They must wake up, with the Microphone button, or *6 if they are on the phone.

You also have the option to mute yourself, just tap the Microphone button next to your user icon. Everyone can be muted, with one exception. If you're using Google Meet with education accounts, the only person who can mute and remove others is the person who created the meeting.

How to remove others

Muting in Google Meet is only a temporary fix. Sometimes that's just not enough. If someone in the meeting persists in being rude and impolite, you can simply remove them. However, only the conference organizer has the authority to remove participants.


Here's how to delete someone on a computer:

  1. In a meeting, choose the Guests option.
  2. Select the name of the person you want to remove and click on the Suite next option.
  3. Finally, press Remove.

Deleting people on Android and iOS works the same way. Follow the steps:


  1. During a meeting, tap the meeting name at the top of the screen, then select the People tab.
  2. Choose the person you want to remove then press Suite next option.
  3. Now select the Remove option.

Removing is even trickier than muting, so make sure your decision to remove someone from a meeting is justified. If someone is idle or away from the device, you can remove them from the conversation. In any other scenario, use your best judgment to make the decision.

Communication is crucial

If you're in an important meeting in Google Meet, try to stay professional and make sure everything is set up and running. Don't instantly mute someone if they're making noise or their microphone isn't working. First try to explain the situation. Removing people from calls shouldn't be done lightly either.

What is your experience with Google Meet? Is everything working as expected? Let us know in the comments section below.

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