Google Meet users will now be allowed to mute and unmute calls on headsets, speaker microphones, and other USB devices. The tech giant has updated its blog post to explain how “video conferencing” has become essential for the “hybrid work experience” that boosts “communication and collaboration for teams of all sizes.”
This new feature is called Call Control and is currently supported only in Chrome or Chromium-based browsers like Microsoft Edge. Apart from this, Google has also listed the devices that are Meet-certified headsets or speaker microphones. The company has also mentioned that call control will work with most “USB telephony peripherals,” however, the experience may differ from device to device.
Google Meet Call Control availability
The company has confirmed that the gradual rollout of the feature will start on August 22 and users will be able to find it within 15 days of the rollout. Google Meet’s call control feature will be available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers.
Moreover, the blog even mentions that this change will have no admin impact and currently doesn’t support Bluetooth devices. There are two ways to enable this feature, which are detailed here in a step-by-step guide:
Before joining a Google Meet call, go to the pre-call green room settings
Navigate to Audio
Select Call Control
Click on Connect Device and you will be asked to add your USB device.
Go to the three-dot setting menu on the call screen
Go to Call Control
Click on Connect Device and you will be asked to add a USB device
Moreover, users can also add LED colour indications to their devices to determine whether they are muted or not. For example, if your device has an LED status light, it will sync with your current mute status. The company has even mentioned that it is planning to expand this functionality to muting video, ending a meeting and more in the upcoming days.