Google Meet cheat sheet

Want to get the most out of Google Meet? Here are some tips to help you on your way.

You know when you’re messaging a colleague and they say ‘let’s catch up’? The quickest way is to type into your URL bar to put yourself in a new meeting. You can then either ping the URL to them, or click the ‘Add Others’ button to send them an invite.

Change your background

To change your background before joining a meeting, click to join a meeting and look for the Change Background button on the preview screen. Then choose whether to blur your background, pick an image, or add an image. If you’re creating an instant meeting, you won’t see the preview screen, but you can always change your background during a meeting. Click the three stacked dots in the lower right corner and select Change Background. 

Change the Layout 

Depending on what kind of call you’re on, you may want to see everyone at once or just the person speaking. Change the display of people’s faces by clicking the three stacked dots in the lower right corner and choosing Change Layout. Your options are:

  • Auto, meaning the app picks the layout for you
  • Tiled, which puts everyone’s window (or as many as can fit) on screen at once; you might have heard of it as Gallery View in other apps
  • Spotlight, which dynamically shows whoever is speaking at the moment
  • Sidebar, which puts the active speaker in a large central window and shows everyone else in smaller tiles on the right.
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There’s also a slider bar to adjust how many faces you see on the screen at once in different views.

Conduct a poll

If you are holding a meeting with multiple attendees, it can be chaotic when asking an open question, with people talking over one another and only catching half of what individuals have to say. Instead, the meeting moderator can create a poll so that everyone can have their input, all at the same time – without speaking over one another.

  • In a meeting, at the bottom right, click Activities and then click Polls.
  • Click Start a poll. 
  • Enter a question and add options for the poll.
  • Choose one:
    • To post your poll, click Launch.
    • To save your poll so that you can launch it later, click Save.
  1. In a meeting, at the bottom right, click Activities and then click Polls.
  2. Optional: To let participants see a poll’s results, next to ‘Show everyone the results’, click Switch on .
  3. Optional: To close a poll and not allow responses, click End the poll. (Tip: Participants can still view the poll.)
  4. To permanently delete a poll from your list of polls, click Delete “”. (Tip: No one can view deleted polls.) 
Screenshot of a poll in Google Meet

After a meeting, the moderator is emailed a report for any polls conducted in the meeting. The report includes the names and answers of the meeting participants. 

Try them out

Let us know your feedback for these features. We’d love to hear what you think, as we think they’re really useful and can change the way people work – for the better.