Google Meet is one of the platforms you use most frequently to keep in touch with friends, colleagues and relatives. You really appreciate the solution created by “Big G”, but you can’t ignore some of its flaws: one above all the impossibility of seeing the participants in a single grid, as happens on other videoconferencing platforms.
But recently, you came to know that there is a third-party solution that can solve this problem: Google Meet Grid View. This extension for Chrome, also compatible with Edge and Opera browsers, would seem to solve the problem just described, at least on computers (it’s not compatible with smartphones and tablets) and, therefore, you’d love to find out how to install and use it.
If so, you are in the right place at the right time! In the next paragraphs of this tutorial, in fact, I will be able to explain it to you in detail how to install and use Google Meet Grid View. I guarantee you that there is nothing complicated in all of this: you just have to follow the steps that I am about to show you and everything will be fine. I wish you happy reading and have fun!
What is Google Meet Grid View and what is it for?
Before going into the heart of the article, seeing how to install and how to use google meet grid viewI would say that it is right to explain to you first what it is and what it is foreven if I have already anticipated it in the introductory bars of the guide.
Basically, Google Meet Grid View is a compatible extension Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge And Operathrough which you can add extra features to the web version of Google Meet.
What does it allow you to do? Several things: Enable Grid View in Google Meet, put who’s talking in focus, hide participants who have their camera muted, and so much more.
If you are intrigued by this very useful add-on, all you have to do is continue reading: in the following paragraphs you will find out how to install and use it.
Just one clarification before starting: Google Meet Grid View is third-party software and not an official Google product. This means that, although there are no reasons to doubt the good work of its developers, it could represent a potential risk to privacy, as it requires access to Meet data to work. Also, again because it’s an unofficial solution, it may stop working or have problems at any time. In short: use it only if you really need it and, when you no longer need it, uninstall the extension.
How to install Google Meet Grid View
Having made the necessary clarifications above, let’s go straight to the point and see how to install google meet grid view. I anticipate that the procedure to follow is practically the same as on Google Chrome what up Microsoft Edge. Only up Opera it is slightly different.
The first thing you need to do if you use Chrome or edge, therefore, is to go to this page of the Chrome Web Store. Then make sure you are logged into your Google account (it is not necessary if you are using Edge) and click first on the button add and then on the button Add extensionwhich is present in the box that appeared on the screen.
If you are acting from Operahowever, after going to the Chrome Web Store page that hosts the extension (and which I linked to you just now), click on the green button add and then on the button Okay present in the box that appears on the screen. In the new tab that opens in your browser, click on the buttons Install And Yes, install and wait for the installation procedure to complete.
How to use Google Meet Grid View
Now we can finally see how to use google meet grid view. Basically, all you have to do is start a conference on Meet, or take part in a conference organized by another person, and use the various functions of the extension, which is automatically recognized and activated by Meet itself.
Then go to the main page of Google Meet and log in to your Google account (if you haven’t already done so), by clicking on the button Log in located at the top right and filling out the login form with your login details.
Therefore, start a Google Meet meeting by clicking on the button New meeting and selecting the item Start an instant meeting. Then grant Google Meet access to your computer’s microphone and webcam by clicking on the buttons Allow that appear on the screen, and click on the button Participate.
To invite other users to the conference, click on the button Copy participation info present in the box that opens on the screen and sends them the link to the video chat via e-mail or via an instant messaging platform (e.g. WhatsApp or Telegram).
If, on the other hand, you need to join a conference that has already started and of which you have been provided with the codeinsert the latter in the appropriate text field (next to the “New meeting” button), click on the button Participate and wait to be accepted into the meeting. If you have been provided with a invitation linkhowever, you just need to click on the latter and press the button Participate.
Once this is done, you can take advantage of Google Meet Grid View. Hovering the cursor over the icon square grid (top right), you can place a check mark on the various options available: Show only camera participantsto show only those who have the webcam active in the grid; Highlight who is speakingto highlight the participant speaking; Include yourself in the gridto also include yourself within the Meet interface and so on.
To activate the grid view, then, all you have to do is click on the icon in question (which will become a barred square grid) and that’s it: all the participants will be arranged on the grid, which was made possible by adding the Google Meet Grid View extension to your browser. Convenient, right?