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||✔|
|Join from mobile devices||✔|
How to use Companion mode
1. Connect to a meeting
2. Turn on your camera
In a video meeting, click Turn on camera .
When your camera is on, your participant tile:
You can also change your background during a video meeting.
3. Share your screen
For details, see Present during a video meeting.
4. Host & participate in activities
|Chat||Send chat messages to video meeting participants|
|Hand raising||Raise your hand during a video meeting|
|Polls (Activities Polls)||Conduct a poll during a video meeting|
|Q&A (Activities Q&A)||Ask questions in a video meeting|
|Whiteboard (Activities Whiteboarding)||Use a whiteboard in a video meeting|
|Captions (More Turn on captions)||Use captions in a video meeting|
|Attendance tracking (More SettingsHost controlsAttendance 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)