This article is written for G Suite for Education Administrators.

Do you find an issue of students posting chat messages in Google Meet that interrupted online classes?

Yes, teachers wanted to disable Google Meet's Chat feature since it seems more harmful than good in remote learning.

This article demonstrates how Safe Doc chrome extension disable the Chat feature to keep the class quiet. If you have yet to install Safe Doc, apply a 30 days trial.

What's changing by Safe Doc

Before

The chat feature resides in the right panel of Google Meet. Every participants in the room are free to chat without restrictions. Messages sent are visible to all.

The Chat feature in Google Meet
The Chat feature in Google Meet

After

Safe Doc turns off the Chat feature by taking the message posting privileges from students. Students can see messages posted by the teacher, but they cannot post to it.

Chat feature turned off in Google Meet
Chat feature turned off in Google Meet

How to get started

First of all, make sure you have deployed Safe Doc and read how to Configure Safe Doc.

Then add the following policy to Safe Doc policy for extensions. Save and verify if it works.

{
  "BlockMeetChat": {
    "Value": true
  }
}

On / off by default?

This chat feature is not blocked if not configured.

What's more?

You may also like Disable Students Recording Meeting in Google Meet, Block Live Captions in Google Meet, Disable Students Sharing Screens in Google Meet, Block Hangouts Chat in Gmail or Prevent Students from Adding People to Google Meet.


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