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Manage attendee audio and video permissions in Teams meetings

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When organising large meetings, new attendees joining the meeting could sometimes distract other attendees. To avoid random noise and visual distractions, we will show you in this article how to disable attendee mics and cameras.

Prevent mic and camera use

Before the meeting

The meeting organizer can disable mics and cameras after scheduling the meeting and sending out the invite. All attendees (but not presenters) will join the meeting with mic and camera off.

  1. Go to Calendar and double-click the meeting.
  2. Select Meeting options near the top of the screen.
  1. Turn off the “Allow mic for attendees?” or “Allow camera for attendees?”. Toggle and select Save.

During the meeting

The organizer and presenters can disable the mic or camera of all the attendees, or of individuals, at any time during the meeting.

To disable all attendee mics or cameras:

  • Click the ellipsis icon (more options) next to Participants.
  • Select Disable mic for attendees or Disable camera for attendees.

All attendee’s mics and cameras will appear dimmed.

To enable everyone’s mic or camera, click again the ellipsis icon then Allow mic for attendees or Allow camera for attendees.

To disable an individual’s mic or camera:

  • Click the ellipsis icon (more options) next to their name.
  • Select Disable mic or Disable camera.

Allow someone to unmute or share their video

  • Click the ellipsis icon next to the name of the person.
  • Select Allow mic or Allow camera.

This person can now unmute himself or share video.


Manage attendee audio and video permissions in Teams meetings

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