Remote video calls are now part of everyday life, and Google seems to be aware of this.
The company made Google Meet free for everyone starting this month. All users can organize meetings comprised of up to 100 people for an unlimited amount of time. Learn more about Google Meet, and discover the best tips and tricks to help you get the most out of the service.
Schedule a Meeting
If you plan to organize a Google Meet video call for later, whether it’s a work meeting or a virtual birthday party, you can do so by accessing the Google Calendar.
Then, select “Create,” enter the details of the event, and all the email addresses of the people you would like to invite. Click “Add video conferencing” and send the invitation.
Add Real-Time Subtitles to Video Calls
Google has introduced a great feature to Meet for English-language users. You can now add real-time subtitles to all your video calls. Select “Turn on captions” in the bottom right corner of the screen, and the subtitles will pop-up.
Share Your Screen
You can easily mirror your screen if you have a presentation to share. You’ll also receive feedback in real-time! Select “Show my screen” in the lower right corner, choose to share a specific window, an individual Chrome tab, or your entire screen, and click “Share.”
For the full list of shortcuts, hit “Ctrl + ?” on PC, and “Command + ?” on Mac. Here are two of the most useful shortcuts:
- Ctrl (Command on Mac) + E, to toggle the camera on/off;
- Ctrl (Command on Mac) + D, to toggle your microphone on/off.
Change Your Background
Google Meet doesn’t have such a background feature yet, but you can use a tool called ChromaCam. Install ChromaCam, log in using your email address, and before you start or join a meeting, click on the three dots. Then, select “Settings” and adjust your camera settings.
Click on the dropdown below camera under the video tab, and finally, click on “ChromaCam AVS.” Choose your favorite virtual background and enjoy your new experience!