Use Adaptive Audio in Meet

Important: This feature is available to users on work or school accounts through a Gemini for Google Workspace add-on. Learn about Gemini features and plans.

Please note that you can’t use adaptive audio with Meet hardware devices.

GIF of "audiomesh"  for adaptive audio

When you use adaptive audio, you can join meetings with multiple laptops in the same room without dedicated conferencing hardware.

The microphone and speakers in the room automatically detect and connect to the laptops of the different participants as they join the meeting room. Everyone can hear each other clearly without worrying about echo, disruptive audio feedback, or huddling around one laptop.

Automatic detection and setup

When Meet automatically detects the presence of multiple laptops in the same room, it switches to adaptive audio mode. In this mode, the microphones and speakers of the laptops are combined.

Use adaptive audio to share audio

  1. On your computer, join a meeting with 2 or more computers in the same space.
  2. If your audio is automatically merged with other devices, you’ll get a pop-up that says “To avoid feedback, your audio is merged with other devices nearby.”
    • If you are asked to manually confirm, click Merge mic & speakers.
  3. When your audio is shared, you’ll see the Adaptive audio mic Adaptive Audio appear on the top left corner.
    • To be heard well, keep your microphone unmuted.
  4. Users with merged audio are grouped together in their tiles and highlighted collectively when someone speaks.

Turn off adaptive audio

Important: Turning off adaptive audio may cause echo or a howling noise.

To turn off adaptive audio during a meeting:

  1. At the bottom right, click Show everyone People Tab.
  2. Next to your name click Menu 3 dot menu icon and then Stop merging your audio Stop merge audio.

To permanently turn off adaptive audio:

  1. In the meeting, at the bottom, click More and then Settings .
  2. Under “Settings,” click Audio.
  3. At the bottom, turn off Adaptive audio.

Use Adaptive Audio to share audio

  1. On your computer, join a meeting with 2 or more computers in the same space.
  2. Confirm you're in the same location as other participants.
    • When a dialog in Meet pops up, click Share mic & speakers.

Tip: The mute Mute button changes to indicate that you share your audio.

About your microphone

You don’t need to mute yourself when you don’t speak. When you share audio, Meet automatically selects the microphone closest to the person in the room who speaks.

Since Meet uses all microphones in the room, you’re still heard if you mute your own microphone. If all microphones in the space are muted, you can’t be heard.


Fix issues with computer detection

If Meet doesn’t detect other computers in the room, make sure that:

  • The speakers of the computers aren’t fully muted.
  • Microphones with physical switches or in computers aren’t muted outside of Meet.
  • You turn off Voice Isolation macOS or Noise Suppression ChromeOS.
    • You can use Noise Cancellation in Meet with Adaptive Audio.

Fix echoes or bad audio quality

  • Audio problems usually disappear after a few seconds.
  • If problems persist, leave the meeting and join again.
    • If problems reoccur, use one computer.

Leave feedback in Meet

To help us improve this feature, submit feedback and describe the problem as accurately as possible. Make sure to include the text “Adaptive Audio” in your feedback so it is properly addressed.

Before a meeting

  1. In a web browser, go to Google Meet.
  2. Click Feedback .
  3. Describe the issue or share your ideas.
  4. To help us identify the issue, select Include screenshot.
  5. Click Send.

Tip: You can also click the meeting link or calendar event. Before you join, click More and then Report a problem.

In the meeting

  1. Join a Google Meet meeting.
  2. Click More .
  3. Click Report a problem.
  4. Describe the issue or share your ideas.
  5. To help us identify the issue, select Include screenshot.
  6. Click Send.

After the meeting

When the video meeting ends, click Submit feedback.

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