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How to Find Google Meet’s Best Features on Android and iOS

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Google Meet’s Android and iOS apps offer a streamlined version of the video chat service’s desktop interface. The basic controls are simple and should be familiar to anyone who has used a video or voice chat app on smartphones, but plenty of helpful features and settings are tucked away in Google Meet’s mobile interface. We’re going to dig them up and show you a few of our favorites:

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Adjusting your audio and video before a meeting

When you first open the app, you can tweak some basic audio/video settings before joining a meeting.

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  • Tap the icons at the bottom of the screen to turn your mic and camera on or off.
  • Tap the speaker icon to change the audio playback location to phone, speaker, headphones (if connected), or turn off audio entirely. (You can also switch which camera you want to use while in a meeting by tapping “…” > “Switch Camera.”)

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When you’re ready to chat, tap “New Meeting” or “Meeting Code” to create or join a group call. The bottom screen also displays any ongoing meetings you already joined, and upcoming scheduled meetings.

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Enabling noise cancellation

Google recently added a helpful noise-cancelling feature to filter out ambient sounds that can make it hard to hear your chat. Meet’s noise-cancellation feature is disabled by default, but pretty easy to turn on when you need it.

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  1. Tap the three-line icon in the upper-left.
  2. Tap “Settings.”
  3. Enable “Noise cancellation.”

You can enable/disable noise cancellation before or during a meeting. Google warns that the filter may interfere with music and other supplemental audio, so be sure to turn it off if you plan to, say, play an instrument during your call.

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Turning on automatic closed captioning

Meet can turn on Google’s automated closed captioning, which transcribes speech on the fly. This is the same speech-to-text tech found on YouTube and select Android devices. It’s not completely accurate, but it’s still helpful in cases where you can’t hear others on the call or can’t have your volume turned up.

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To turn on closed captioning during a meeting:

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  • Tap the “CC” icon in the upper-right of your video screen.
  • Or tap “…” then “Turn on Captions.”

Enabling screen sharing

As the name implies, Screen Share lets you share your device’s screen with everyone else in the meeting. Your screen shows up as an additional video feed in the call, so your face and audio are still visible while showing off an app, presentation, or other content.

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  1. During a call, tap “…” then select “Present Screen.” You can also tap “Present” from the main app window to rejoin an ongoing meeting and share your screen.
  2. Next, Meet will ask to make sure you want to share your screen (to avoid accidental shares). Tap “Continue.”
  3. Your screen share video will start muted, and the video turned off, just in case you’re not ready or somehow made it this far into the process accidentally. Tap the mic and camera icons to enable both.
  4. Everyone else will now see and hear your screen.

Blurring your background

Google Meet’s background blur filter can help keep the focus on you and off your surroundings, which is helpful for privacy and productivity. Background blurring is only available on Meet’s desktop app, but is “coming soon” for Android and iOS. Once it’s added for mobile, you’ll likely be able to turn it on the same way you do on desktop.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
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When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

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You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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