Fix an overheating laptop

Certain laptops without fans, such as the Pixelbook and Pixelbook Go, may heat up more quickly during a Google Meet meeting than other laptops with built-in fans.

The following may help keep your device temperature lower and Meet running smoothly for your meetings.

Reduce your video quality

Reduce the bandwidth required for the meeting and also potentially reduce the amount of CPU used to run the meeting on your computer.
  1. After a meeting starts, click More More and then Settings Settings and then Video.
  2. Under Send resolution (maximum), click Standard definition (360p).
  3. Under Receive resolution (maximum), click Standard definition (360p).

Don't overlap your Meet window with other windows

Don’t put another window on top of your Meet window, as window layering can cause more GPU load. Try to instead use half screens if you need to keep a notes doc open during a Meet call.

Use Spotlight layout

The Spotlight layout in Meet reduces the CPU and GPU workload. To enable it:

  1. At the bottom of the Meet call, click Menu 3 dot menu icon.
  2. Select Change layout.
  3. Select Spotlight.

Upgrade to the latest version of OS software

If you’re using a MacBook, Windows, Linux, or Chrome device, update to the latest version of the operating system. Often, the latest version will have updates that improve known issues.

Disconnect high-definition displays

Disconnecting ultra-high-definition displays (Quad HD, 4K, etc.) can significantly improve performance. If disconnecting isn’t an option, try decreasing the resolution of your current display or connect to a lower-resolution display.

Reduce the number of open tabs and apps

You should see incremental improvement as you close more non-essential browser tabs. This may affect your workflow, so close a few tabs, try some of the suggestions below, and continue to close additional tabs as needed. 

  • Close or pause other apps that may be using CPU or RAM. Consider shutting down virtual machines, which can significantly slow down your system.
  • Chrome’s Task Manager can also help you find tabs that might be using a lot of CPU or RAM. 
  • If all else fails, try rebooting your machine and run as few windows as possible.

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