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Meet Companion mode cheat sheet

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Use Companion mode to connect to a video meeting on a second screen in Google Meet. Having a second screen is useful when you're in a meeting room and you want to participate in activities or share your screen without worrying about echo. Learn more about Companion mode


Compare Companion mode to full audio & video


Feature Companion mode (second screen) Full audio & video (primary screen or meeting-room hardware)
Share your screen & view presentations
Chat, polls, Q&A, & host controls, depending on your Google Workspace edition
Camera & self-view
Mic & meeting audio  
Participant tiles  
Join from mobile devices  

How to use Companion mode

1. Connect to a meeting


  1. Choose an option:
    • In a meeting invite, click Join. Then, under Other joining options, click Use Companion mode.
    • In your browser, enter and select a scheduled meeting or enter a meeting code.
  2. Join with full audio and video (non-Companion mode) on another screen to speak, listen to participants, or view the participant grid.

2. Turn on your camera


In a video meeting, click Turn on camera .

When your camera is on, your participant tile:

  • Shows up to other Meet users, but does not show up on meeting-room hardware
  • Never shows as an active speaker

You can also change your background during a video meeting.


3. Share your screen


  1. In the video meeting, click Present now "".
  2. Choose to share your entire screen, a window, or a tab.

For details, see Present during a video meeting.


4. Host & participate in activities


Activity More info
Chat "" Send chat messages to video meeting participants
Hand raising "" Raise your hand during a video meeting
Polls (Activities ""and thenPolls) Conduct a poll during a video meeting
Q&A (Activities ""and thenQ&A) Ask questions in a video meeting
Whiteboard (Activities ""and thenWhiteboarding) Use a whiteboard in a video meeting
Captions (More ""and thenTurn on captions) Use captions in a video meeting
Attendance tracking (More ""and thenSettingsand thenHost controlsand thenAttendance tracking) Track attendance in video meetings and live streams

5. End a Companion mode connection


At the bottom of the meeting window, click Leave call "".

Download Companion mode quick start (PDF)



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