What is Companion Mode on Google Meet and How to Use It?

Companion Mode is a way to get two of your devices connected on a single Google Meet. If you are in a remote area to connect, you can join the meeting through companion mode. Here, you can use some features like "Raise Hand," share screen, and camera for an interaction.

by Preethi

Updated Apr 02, 2024

What is Companion Mode on Google Meet and How to Use It?
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What is Companion Mode on Google Meet?

Google Meet is a two-way or multi-way video call option to communicate with others. It replaced Google's two apps, Google Hangouts and Google Chat. Now, Google Meet is expanding its features by adding Companion Mode.

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Companion Mode helps people smoothly join meetings, especially if they are not able to get their main device to attend the meeting. It is like having a helper join the meeting and be part of the discussion, no matter where they are. Once you connect to companion mode, the audio and video will automatically be set to mute mode.

If you are in a place where you can't use your computer or phone for the meeting, Companion Mode allows you to use another device, like a tablet or laptop, instead of a phone or computer. When you are in companion mode, there are no interruptions from surrounding noise or broadband errors. You can still connect to the meeting even though you don't have your main devices.

How to Use Companion Mode on Google Meet?

Here are the steps to follow to use Companion Mode on Google Meet.

Join the meeting

  • First, you have to join the meeting by clicking the official meeting link.

  • Open the Google Meet app, then join.

Tap "Companion Mode"

  • There is an option called "Companion Mode."

  • Tap on it before you join the meeting.

Choose the audio/video option

  • There are some options, like audio, video, and mute mode.

  • Tap any of the options to see which one you want.

Join Another Device

  • Just turn on your second device.

  • Click on the meeting link, and then the screen will load.

  • Tap "Ready to join" when it occurs.

  • Choose the "Companion Mode" option to join the meeting.

Meet Begins

  • Once you join, you will be a part of the meeting.

  • If you want to share the screen, just do these things on your device.

    • Click the "Present Now" option, then check the preview you want to share.

    • Tap on "Share system audio."

  • If you want to share your camera,

    • Click the button "Turn on camera."

    • Then you will be visible to all participants.
  • You can also choose the "Raise Hand" option.

Why would you use Google Meet's companion mode?

  • You can easily join from wherever you are.

  • You don't need to skip the meeting.

  • You can use two devices at a time, so you have more features to enjoy, like taking notes, sharing documents, and discussing with others.

  • Audio and video mute options are available to avoid surrounding noise.

  • The "Raise Hand" option is available to take the opportunity to speak and interact with others.

  • And also, it has some features like chat, polls, and Q&A.

How to Turn off Companion Mode?

  • Open the meeting on your device, either your computer or phone.

  • Click on the "More" button, which is three dots in the top right corner.

  • Then, you'll see the option "Turn off Companion Mode".

  • Tap that option to turn it off.

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