Google Meet automatically switches the layout in a video call to display the most active content and participants.
Important: To view people in video meetings, you need to join using full audio and video instead of Companion mode. In Companion mode, the participant grid is hidden because the meeting window is reserved for screen sharing and activities. However, you can turn your camera on to share your video feed with participants who join using full audio and video. Learn more about Companion mode.
You can change the number of participants you see on your screen. The number of tiles may change depending on the size of your browser window.
- On a computer, join a video meeting.
- At the bottom, click More Change layout . Choose an option:
- Auto: The view that Meet chooses for you. By default, you’ll see 9 tiles on your screen.
- Tiled: The view that can show up to 49 people at the same time. By default, you’ll see 16 tiles on your screen.
- At the bottom, move the slider to the number of tiles you want to see on your screen. The number of tiles you choose becomes the default for future meetings until you change it.
- Spotlight: The active speaker or shared screen fills the entire window.
- Sidebar: The main image is the active speaker or shared screen. You’ll see thumbnails of additional participants on the side.
- Your new layout preference is automatically saved.
When you use tiles in your layout, you may experience performance issues, like your video freezing. To try to fix the problems, you can:
- Close any open browser tabs, windows, or apps that aren’t currently being used.
- Reduce the number of tiles in your layout
- Turn off your camera
If you’re still experiencing issues with Meet, check if your device has the recommended hardware.
Your self-view is automatically on when you join a meeting.
If you’re in a meeting with one person, your self-view shows as a floating picture at the bottom right corner. If someone else joins or a presentation is added, your self-view is automatically added to the grid. In both cases, you can switch between the floating picture and the grid. Your choice is saved for future meetings.
You can also drag your floating image across the screen and minimize your self-view.
Add or remove your self-view tile from the grid
- Point to your self-view click Show in a tile .
- Point to your self-view click Remove this tile .
Manage your self-view as a floating picture
- To make your self-view float, point to your self-view click Remove this tile .
- To move your floating self-view, point to your floating self-view drag your self-view to a corner of your screen.
- To minimize your floating self-view, point to your floating self-view click Minimize . You can also drag your minimized view across the screen.
Important: If you minimize your video feed, it only applies to your view.
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