If you’ve ever attended a meeting where nobody asked a question, you’re probably in the minority. Questions are common in Google Meet calls, just like any other meeting. So make it easy for your attendees with a Q&A session.
Note: As of August 2022, you will need a Google Workspace account to use the Q&A feature. These include Essentials, Business Standard or Plus, Enterprise Starter, Essentials, Standard or Plus, Education Plus, Teaching and Learning Upgrade, G Suite Business, and Nonprofits.
If you enable the Q&A feature during a Google Meet, attendees can ask questions written Questions during the meeting. This allows you to work through questions at your own pace if there is a change of topic or if a specific question applies at that time.
You can then filter the questions, upvote, hide or delete one, and solve a question by providing the answer. Best of all, at the end of the Google Meet, you get a report detailing the questions asked and the actions taken.
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Enable the Q&A feature in Google Meet
To enable the Q&A feature and get the questions rolling, launch Google Meet, click the activity icon in the bottom right and select Q&A.
Click Enable Questions and Answers.
To adjust the settings, click the gear icon in the top right. You can then control the toggles for “Allow Questions in Q&A” which should be on while asking questions, and “Allow Anonymous Questions” (Q&A) to accept questions without participant names.
Use the X in the top right to close settings and return to the full meeting screen.
How participants ask a question
As a participant, you can ask a question at any time during Google Meet once the host has enabled the feature.
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Click the Activities icon in the bottom right. Select “Questions and Answers” and then “Ask a Question” in the bottom right of the sidebar.
Enter your question and select “Post”. If the host allows no-name questions, you can select “Post anonymously” if you want.
You, the attendees, and the host will then see your question appear in the Activities > Questions section.
How learners find, upvote, or remove a question
To see questions from other attendees, upvote one, or delete one of your own, return to Activities > Q&A.
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- Select the Show dropdown box and select All Questions to see all or My Questions to see only your own.
- Select the Sort by drop-down box to sort questions by Oldest First, Newest First, or Popular.
- Select the upvote icon (thumbs up) to upvote a question.
- Select the delete icon (trash can) to delete one of your own questions.
How to manage questions
To view and manage the questions asked by attendees, click the activity icon and select Questions.
Select the Show drop-down box to filter the questions and the Sort by drop-down box to sort them. Then select a question from the list to do one of the following:
- Select the hide (eye) icon to hide a question.
- Select the upvote icon to upvote a question.
- Select the delete icon to remove a question. Deleted questions will still appear in the question report.
- Select the Mark Answered (tick) icon to mark an answered question.
Check the question report
When the meeting ends, you will receive an email with a link and attachment for the question report.
Click either the questions link or the attachment icon to view the report, which opens in Google Sheets.
You will see a Questions and Answers tab that contains all the questions asked during the Google Meet. You can view the question, submitter, timestamp, upvotes, and other actions taken per question.
Allowing questions using the Q&A feature in Google Meet is a great way to encourage interaction during your meeting. In addition, you can solve problems, help your participants or provide details that your group needs.
If you’re presenting with Google Slides, also check out how to host a Q&A session in Slides!