Seeing all meeting participants in grid view can help you create that ’round table’ effect for virtual meetings that require a little bit of ‘face-to-face like’ interaction.
The Good news is, it’s super simple to set up and requires no admin intervention (users can set it up themselves).
How to enable Google Meet Grid View?
- Install the Chrome extension: Google Meet Grid View from the Chrome Web Store. (You need to be using Google Chrome from a PC, Chromebook or Mac).
- After installing the extension, anytime you are in a Google Meet a new button will show up at the top right corner of your web browser.
3. Use this button to enable the grid view and customise how you’d like your layout to function. This includes only showing users with video in the grid, highlighting those currently speaking and including yourself in the grid.
Note: You need at least 3 participants in the call for the grid view to display properly.
Some handy Google Meet controls for Google Workspace Admins:
Admins can also pre-set some controls in the Google Workspace admin console to make Google Meet sessions more managed, secure and streamlined for users.
For instance, you may want to allow only certain users to record or live stream meetings.
How to Manage Google Meet settings?
Log into the Google Admin console from your admin account.
At the Home page, go to Apps > Google Workspace > Google Meet.
- Click Meet video settings.
- To apply the setting to everyone, leave the top organizational unit selected. Otherwise, select an organizational unit or a configuration group.
Now on to the fun part — customizing the settings for your users:
|Attendance Tracking||Allow meeting organizers to get reports on who attended their meetings.|
|Telephony||Enable paid dial-in and dial-out calls with numbers from additional countries/regions.|
|Client logs upload||Google uses users’ email addresses and other information to help troubleshoot support requests from your organization.|
|Recording||Allow organizers to record their meetings. Recordings are saved to the meeting organizer’s Google Drive.|
|Stream||Allow users to stream their meetings live to a large audience.|
|Default video quality||Allow Meet to automatically select the video quality, this helps reduce bandwidth.|
|Interoperability||Allow users of 3rd-party video-conferencing systems to join your organization’s Meet video meetings.|
|Backgrounds||Control whether people can replace their video feed backgrounds with images.|
|Disable automatic video conference links||A video conference link is automatically added to all new Google Calendar events for users that can create video calls. Admins can disable automatic video conference links for all new Calendar events.|
Finally Click Save.
Changes typically take effect in minutes, but can take up to 24 hours.