Troubleshoot audio issues in Google Meet

Here’s how to troubleshoot if you can’t be heard in a meeting.


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Restart your browser

Mac computer settings might prevent Meet from using the microphone. If this happens, restart Chrome Browser. If that doesn't work, restart your computer, then increase the microphone volume in your system’s settings.

If using an Apple® Mac® computer, you might need to:

  1. Restart your browser or computer.
  2. Adjust your computer's microphone volume control.
  3. On computers using macOS® Mojave® version 10.14 or later, adjust your microphone system settings.

Troubleshoot more

Enable microphones on macOS Mojave and later

Some Mac computer settings might prevent Meet from using your microphone. 

  1. Go to System Preferences and then click Security & Privacy.
  2. Select Privacy and then Microphone.
  3. Check the box next to Google Chrome or Firefox.

Restart Chrome browser

Quitting Chrome might not resolve the problem because it doesn't reset apps or extensions that use your microphone. To do this, restart Chrome Browser. When you restart Chrome Browser, your tabs and windows reopen.

  1. In your browser, enter chrome://restart
  2. Make sure your microphone and camera are turned on.
  3. Rejoin the video meeting.

Restart your computer and check the microphone level

If after restarting your browser you still can’t be heard, restart your computer.

  1. Go to System Preferences and then click Restart.
  2. Sign in.
  3. Go to System Preferences and then click System Preferences.
  4. Click Sound and then Input.
  5. Next to Input volume, move the slider to verify that the level bars move.
  6. Rejoin your Meet video meeting. 

Reset your microphone using the CLI (advanced)

Release your computer’s microphone from other apps or extensions that might be using it.

Tip: You may need administrative privileges on your computer to do this.

  1. Go to Applications and then Utilities and double-click Terminal
  2. In the Terminal window, enter sudo killall coreaudiod and press Enter.
  3. Enter your password and press Enter.
  4. Rejoin the Meet video meeting.

Unmute yourself

Other people can mute you to reduce background noise, but they can't unmute you.

  1. Turn on your microphone.
  2. At the bottom of the screen, click Mute on "".

Note: For meetings organized through a personal Google account, only the meeting organizer can mute another participant.

Unmute your Windows device

  1. Open the Sound settings and then click Recording.
  2. Double-click the microphone.
  3. Select Levels.
  4. Check that the microphone is on.
  5. To raise the volume, move the volume slider and click OK.

Unmute your Mac device

  1. ​Go to System Preferences and then click Sound and then Input
  2. Make sure that the microphone is on.
  3. Raise the volume with the volume slider.

The volume setting will save automatically.

Unmute your Linux device

  1. ​Open the Sound settings and then click Input.
  2. Select the microphone device setting.
  3. Make sure that the microphone is on.
  4. To raise the volume, move the volume slider and click OK.

Why are some sounds reduced in Windows?

When you’re in a meeting, Windows reduces noise from other sources. This is not because of Meet but a Windows function.

Other participants can hear my screen reader, music player, or other applications

Depending on your operating system and audio device, sounds that come from other browser tabs or applications may be heard by other participants. To avoid other sounds being picked up by the microphone, use headphones.

Get the new Meet app in the play store or app store

Google Meet is your one app for video calling and meetings across all devices. Use video calling features like fun filters and effects or schedule time to connect when everyone can join.

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