How to view people in the meeting

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

Change your view

  • Auto – Allows Meet to choose the layout for you.
  • Tiled – Shows up to 16 people when there is no presentation.
    • Move your mouse to see participant names. 
    • If someone joins after the meeting starts, their image is at the bottom of the screen. 
    • Presentations appear in a large tile, with the most active participants to the side.
  • Spotlight – The presentation, active speaker or pinned feed fills the window. 
  • Sidebar − You'll see the active speaker or presentation with additional participants on the side.

Tip: When you choose a new layout, your preference is automatically saved. To return to the default layout, click Auto.

View yourself in a video meeting

You can choose whether or not you would like to see yourself appear alongside other participants in a meeting. You will not see yourself among participants if you select the ‘Spotlight layout’ or have pinned another participant.

Enable self-view in a video call: 

Important: Your self-view is off by default, and your preferences have been saved for later calls.

  • At the top right-hand corner of your screen, hover over your self-preview and then click .
  • On the People panel, click .

Turn off self-view in a video call: 

  • On the top right corner of your screen, hover over your self-preview and then click .
  • On the People panel, click .
  • Hover over your tile in the video grid and then click .

Tip: When your self-view is turned off, you can still see yourself in a small preview at the top right-hand corner of the screen.

Important: You can view yourself in a meeting even if someone else is presenting.

Change the layout

  1. Join a video meeting on a computer.
  2. In the lower right corner of the Meet screen, click More Moreand thenChange layout.
  3. In the Change layout box, select the layout that you want to use on your computer.

Tip: Click on a participant's image to pin them to your screen. Pinning a participant only applies to your screen.

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