Overview of Google Jamboard

Jamboard can be used to host live sessions, create and edit content, control who can remotely access a "jam," and connect to other Jamboards. The tablet app and the physical board can be used to perform all of the editing tasks. The phone app and the web app have a subset of the editing features.

Jamboard Tools

Tool How to use it
Draw Draw Choose a pen and color. Then use your finger or a stylus to draw.
Erase Erase

Choose the eraser to erase with your finger or a stylus. You can also use the eraser that comes with your Jamboard.

Touch and hold the Erase tool to show the Clear Frame option. 

Note: The eraser only works with the drawings made using the pen. To delete an object, select it, then tap Moreand Delete.

Handwriting recognition Handwriting recognition Choose the Handwriting recognition tool and use your finger or the stylus to write text. The tool converts your handwriting into printed text.
Shape recognition Shape recognition

Choose the Shape recognition tool and use your finger or a stylus to draw a shape. The tool converts your drawing into a shape object.

Draw from one shape to another to add a line that connects the shapes.

Autodraw Autodraw Choose the Autodraw tool to draw shapes and objects that can be recognized and transformed into actual images on the Jamboard.
Select Select

Use the Select tool to grab objects and drawings made with the pen tools.

Choose the Select tool, then use your finger or the stylus to outline a drawing. You can then drag it to move it around the frame or pinch to resize it.

When using Select, you can also move objects around quickly by just tapping on them and dragging them. No drawing strokes will be generated when using the Select tool.

Laser pointer

Choose the laser pointer and use your finger or the stylus to temporarily highlight items on the board. 

Other users who are looking at the file from phone or tablet can also see these areas highlighted. When content is being presented on video calls, users on the call can also see the highlights.

Add a Drive file 

Add a Drive file

You can add a file to the Jamboard from Drive on the phone or tablet app.
Search web Search web Choose the Search web tool and enter text to search for information. For details, see add a screenshot of a webpage.
Search images 

Search images

Use the Search images tool to find copyright-free images online.
Insert sticker or stencil Insert sticker or stencil Choose the Insert sticker or stencil tool to add images from the gallery to your jam. Stickers you add to the frame exist as objects which you can resize and move around.
Insert note 

Insert note

Add a text note to your jam. Double-tap a note to edit the text or change the color.
Take photo 

Take photo

Choose the Take photo tool to add an image to your jam.
More information on these tools and additional tips can be found at Google's Jamboard Help Center.
Watch the recording of the Intro to Jamboard webinar! (23:05)
Last Updated: 
Tuesday, June 19, 2018