As part of his never-ending quest to make pandemic life easier, you can now cast your Google Meet directly to your TV. All you need to bring your meetings to the big screen is a reliable laptop and a Chromecast set up to cast. Ready to take your work from the home environment to another level? Here’s everything you need to know about how to cast your Google Meet with a Chromecast.
Also see: How to Use Google Meet: Fast and Easy Video Conferencing
What is Google Meet?
Before we get into the advanced features, you may find that some of the basic information goes a long way. Google Meet, previously known as Google Hangouts Meet, is a video chat app for personal and business use. You can probably think of it as an alternative to Skype or Zoom.
Also see: Zoom vs Google Hangouts Meet: Which One is Right for You?
One of Google Meet’s first shortcomings was that many of its premium features were behind a paywall. As the COVID-19 pandemic continued, Google made the decision to unlock some of these features for free users, which led to a solid rise in popularity. If you find yourself spending more time in Google Meet, it might be time to send your meetings to the big screen.
What do you need to cast a Google Meet?
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Google keeps it pretty simple when it comes to casting. You don’t need too much additional hardware as long as you already have a second-generation Chromecast. Also make sure your Chrome browser is fully updated before joining your Google Meet. You also need a reliable camera and microphone, of course, but that’s no surprise.
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The best thing about using a Chromecast to send your Google Meet to a TV is that you can do it anytime. Here are a few of the most important things to know:
Cast your Google Meet with a Chromecast before signing up
The easiest time to cast your Google Meet with a Chromecast is before the meeting actually starts. As long as you follow these steps while in the waiting room, you don’t have to worry about interrupting the meeting or not appearing to be paying attention. Just follow these steps:
- In the waiting room screen, click the Cast this meeting button. You’ll find it under the Join Now and Present buttons.
- Find the device you want to cast to in the pop-up menu. The menu should appear in the top right corner of your browser.
- Sit back on your couch while your meeting is displayed on your TV. Keep in mind that Google Meet still uses your laptop or device’s camera and microphone.
If you don’t see the Cast this meeting button, make sure your Chromecast and Chrome browser are fully updated. You may need to update your Chromecast if you can cast with Google Meet but can’t find the right device.
Cast your Google Meet during the meeting
If you’re joining a meeting late or you’ve decided to cast your Google Meet halfway through, the process is still pretty easy. You may not be able to make the transfer without interrupting the meeting slightly, but it only takes a few seconds. Try these steps:
- Click the three dots icon in the lower right corner of your meeting screen.
- Select Cast this meeting from the menu that appears.
- Choose your Chromecast from the list of available devices and you should be good to go.
Again, if you don’t see a Cast this meeting button or can’t find the right device, an update is probably in order. Remember, your TV probably doesn’t have a camera or microphone, so your laptop should be handy.
Stop casting your Google Meet
Casting your Google Meet is as easy as starting it. You can decide that you no longer want to use your TV or that the meeting is about to end. The steps are almost identical to the ones above, so here you go:
- Select the three-dot icon in the lower right corner.
- Click Stop Casting Meeting from the pop-up menu.
Please, you have now learned how to cast a Google Meet to your Chromecast and how to end it. We’ll have to see if Google has any more new features in store, but we’re not looking forward to the day some features retreat behind a paywall again. When that happens, you can always go back to Zoom or try another video conferencing app for the size.