How to Enable and Manage Google Meet Session Host Control Settings

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Google Meet users

What are Google Meet’s Host controls

  • When you start a Google Meet session, you have access to host controls, which restrict what session participants can do.

How to configure Host controls in a Google Meet session step-by-step with images

Step 1

How To Enable And Manage Google Meet Session Host Control Settings - Step 1

Click More options (the three dots icon) at the bottom.

Step 2

How To Enable And Manage Google Meet Session Host Control Settings - Step 2

Select Settings.

Step 3

How To Enable And Manage Google Meet Session Host Control Settings - Step 3

Select Host controls on the left. There are a few settings you can control under MEETING MODERATION.

Turn on Host management, and you will be able to restrict what session participants can do. You will also be able to add co-hosts and end the session for all participants.

Adding co-hosts

You can add up to 25 co-hosts if you are on one of these editions:

  • Google Workspace Essentials
  • Google Workspace Business Standard and Plus
  • Any Google Workspace Enterprise edition
  • Any Google Workspace Education edition

What happens when you turn off Host management

If you turn it off, participants will be able to do any of the things listed below:

  • Admit or remove participants
  • Mute each other
  • Record the session
  • Share their screen
  • Send chat messages
  • Turn on their microphone
  • Turn on their camera

Step 4

How To Enable And Manage Google Meet Session Host Control Settings - Step 4

Configure meeting access settings

Scroll down a little. Under MEETING ACCESS, there are the Quick access and Attendance tracking settings.

Quick access

If you keep Quick access on:

  • Users in your domain can join the session without approval at any time
  • Anyone dialing into the session can join without approval
  • Anyone can dial out 

If you turn it off: 

  • You must join the session first, or else others can’t join
  • Only people you invited can join without approval; you must approve everyone else during the session, including anyone who tries to join by dialing in
  • People can’t join anonymously
  • Only you and other co-hosts can dial out

Attendance tracking

You may also be able to turn on Attendance tracking. This feature is not available for:

  • G Suite Basic and Business
  • Google Workspace Business Starter and Standard
  • Google Workspace for Education Starter and Standard
  • Google Workspace for Nonprofits

With attendance tracking, you receive an email with a Google Sheets link to an attendance report. The report includes:

  • Participants’ names
  • Participants’ email addresses
  • Part of their phone numbers if they dial in from their phone.
  • When they joined, how long they were in the session, and when they left. If someone leaves and joins multiple times, you’ll only see their overall time spent in the session.

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