Optimize the performance of video conferencing on Pixelbook

With Pixelbook, you have the flexibility to collaborate from almost anywhere! Whether you're attending a business meeting or working on a school project, you can use Google Duo and other video conferencing apps to share your ideas face-to-face.

Here are some tips for optimizing your video conferencing experience:

General advice

Maximize the video window

Maximizing the window you're using for the video conference makes it easier to see who you're talking with and what's being shared.

  • Tablet mode: In tablet mode, the window you're using is always maximized.
  • Laptop mode: To maximize the window when in laptop mode, press the Alt and + keys. You can also go to the top right of the window and click Maximize Maximize window.

For more information on managing windows and tabs, see Related articles.

Close background applications

If you experience performance issues while attempting to video conference, it may help to close other applications that may be running in the background.

To see all currently open windows:

  • Tablet mode: From the top of the screen, drag your finger down to show other available windows in overview. Then tap the window you want. You can also do this by tapping Overview Show all windows in Overview mode in the bottom corner of your screen.
  • Laptop mode: Press & hold Alt, then tap Tab until you get to the window you want to open. You can also do this on your keyboard by pressing the Overview key Show all windows in Overview mode.

To close a window while in Overview mode, select Close Close in the upper right corner of the window.

For more information on multitasking, see Related articles.

Check lighting and background

To make it easier for others to see you while video conferencing, make sure to use a well-lit area. Try to avoid backlighting, or other distracting background elements, and make sure that the camera lens is clean.

Many video conferencing apps, including Hangouts, allow you to preview your video feed before joining a meeting. Use this to ensure the lighting and other conditions make you clearly visible.

Reduce background noise

Background noise when video conferencing can be distracting, or even make it impossible to clearly hear you. Make sure that you video conference from a quiet location. If possible, you may want to adjust your microphone settings before starting the call.

If you can't fully eliminate background noise, you may want to mute your microphone when you aren't speaking.

Make sure you have a good connection

When preparing to start a video conference, you should make sure that you have a strong Wi-Fi signal. This may require that you move closer to your router or other Wi-Fi source.

You should also try to use a fast internet connection. Bandwidth requirements will vary depending on the app, but when using Hangouts Meet, the recommended connection speeds are:

Recommended bandwidth per participant    
Meeting type Outbound Inbound
2-person HD video meetings 3.2 Mbps 2.6 Mbps
Group video meetings 3.2 Mbps 3.2 Mbps
Disable your outgoing video stream

If you or the people you are attempting to video conference with are struggling with a slow connection, and if you don't need to be seen or present to the meeting, you may want to turn off your camera in the conferencing app.

Doing so will reduce the bandwidth required for each participant. The relative amount of bandwidth required will vary depending on the app, but when using Hangouts Meet:

Average bandwidth per participant    
Meeting type Outbound Inbound
HD Video 3.2 Mbps 1.8 Mbps
Audio only 12 Kbps 18 Kbps
Tips for using Google Duo and Hangouts Meet

For more advice on using Google Duo with your device, see our Related articles, or the Google Duo Help Center.

For specific advice on using Hangouts Meet, see the G Suite Help Center.

App settings

Reduce video resolution

Depending on the app you're using, you may be able to change the resolution of the video stream. If you're struggling with a slow connection, this may improve your overall experience.

The relative amount of bandwidth required will vary depending on the app, but when using Hangouts Meet, reducing the video resolution reduces the bandwidth requirements as described below:

Meet video setting Inbound bandwidth required
720p 2.6 Mbps
480p 1.5 Mbps
360p 1.0 Mbps
240p 0.5 Mbps
Reduce the number of video streams

If you're experiencing performance issues or are struggling with a slow connection, it may help to reduce the number of incoming video streams.

Depending on the app, you may be able to change the layout so that only one or a small number of video streams are displayed. If only one person is presenting, try to make their video the only one that is displayed, or have other participants turn off their cameras if they don't need to be seen.

Settings for Google Duo and Hangouts Meet

For more information about using Google Duo with your device, see our Related articles, or the Google Duo Help Center.

For specific help improving your experience with Hangouts Meet, see the G Suite Help Center.

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