How to view people in Google Meet

Google Meet automatically switches the layout in a video call to display the most active content and participants. 

Change your layout

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.

  1. On a computer, join a video meeting.
  2. At the bottom, click More Customize and control Google Chrome and then 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.
  3. Your new layout preference is automatically saved.

Fix problems with layouts

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

View yourself in a video meeting

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

  1. Point to your self-view and then click Show in a tile 
  2. Point to your self-view and then click Remove this tile 

Manage your self-view as a floating picture

  • To make your self-view float, point to your self-view and then click Remove this tile .
  • To move your floating self-view, point to your floating self-view and then drag your self-view  to a corner of your screen. 

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  • To minimize your floating self-view, point to your floating self-view and then click Minimize . You can also drag your minimized view across the screen. 

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Important: If you minimize your video feed, it only applies to your view.

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