Google Meet automatically switches the layout in a meeting to display the most active content and participants.
Change your layout
You can change the number of participants you see on your screen. Your changes are automatically saved and appear in future meetings. The number of participant 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. In some cases, you might see a message that your selection is not saved, this can be due to performance limitations on your computer’s processor.
- 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.
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
When you join a video meeting using full audio and video, your self-view is automatically on.
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.
Multi-task with Picture-in-Picture mode
To view a floating window of video tiles on top of your other applications, use Picture-in-Picture mode when you navigate away from your Meet tab.
- At the bottom of your Meet tab, click More options Open picture-in-picture.
- This compact view of your meeting can show up to 4 participants and their presentations.
- If you're the presenter, you can continue to view your presentation in the Meet tab.
- When Picture-in-Picture is active, you continue to get important notifications like:
- Chat messages
- Hand raises
- Join requests
- Navigate to another window or tab and the floating window stays on top of your other applications.
- Hover over the floating window to:
- Jump back to your Meet tab.
- Mute or unmute your microphone.
- Turn your camera on or off.
- Leave the call.
Find your meeting or call tab with Search Tabs
- At the top right corner of your Chrome browser, click Search tabs .
- Select your meeting or call tab.
- Tip: A separate "Audio & Video" section appears if you have a tab with live audio or video.
Tip: You can also use a keyboard shortcut:
- On Windows PC and Chromebook: Ctrl + Shift + A.
- On macOS: Shift + + A.