You’ll be able to do more than a picture-in-picture window thanks to an update to Google Meet rolling out now, Google said in a blog post on Wednesday.
Google’s video conferencing tool now lets you leave a meeting and turn your camera or microphone on and off from the picture-in-picture window. Now you’ll be able to do five more things: raise your hand, use chat during a meeting, turn captions on and off, resize picture-in-picture view more efficiently, and access flexible layouts.
The update will be released in the next two weeks.
Picture-in-picture mode, which is only available with Google Chrome on a PC, lets you watch a meeting while navigating to another tab or window. It can be useful while taking notes, reviewing documents related to meetings or presenting, Google said.
Google Meet’s free tier allows 60-minute conversations with up to 100 participants. (All participants will need to sign in to a Google Account to join.) In our list of the best video chat apps, CNET found Google Meet’s “biggest selling point” to be its integration with other apps on Google like Slides, Sheets and Docs. Quick access to Google apps makes Meet a useful tool for study groups, project collaboration, and organizing events.
How to start picture-in-picture mode
Here’s how to use picture-in-picture mode in Google Meet:
- Once you’re in a meeting, click at the bottom of the screen More option.
- Choose Open picture-in-picture.
- A smaller version of your meeting will appear in the lower right corner of your screen so you can use your screen for other things during the meeting. You can click and drag your appointment around the screen if you want it to appear elsewhere.
See additional tips from Google on how to launch and use picture-in-picture mode.