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Google Meet “companion mode” is rolling out to Android and iOS

Originally introduced for the web and Nest Hub Max, Google is now bringing its second “Companion Mode” screen to the Meet app on Android and iOS.

Companion mode is for users participating in a Meet call through an audio/video conferencing system in the room instead of their own computer. It allows you to access “interactive features and controls” if you are in a conference room or large space/meeting room:

  • Also use the room check-in feature on mobile, which will make it easier for other participants to see your name next to the conference room you’re joining from.
  • Share an emoji reaction without interrupting the speaker.
  • Raise your hand to indicate that you wish to speak.
  • Turn on captions to show captions when everyone is speaking in a meeting.
  • Exchange chat messages with other meeting participants.
  • View and zoom in on the content being presented to easily follow the presenter on your own device.

On mobile, Google positions Companion Mode as allowing you to “join meetings without opening a laptop.” From the pre-joining screen, you will see a new “Use Companion Mode” button.

This can be particularly useful in meeting spaces where space for a laptop is limited, or as a simple, discreet way to participate in large in-person meetings, such as town halls or town halls.

Google Meet Companion mode will be rolling out to Android and iOS in the coming weeks. It is available for Workspace and personal Google accounts.

Minimum Android version:

  • Meeting – 229
  • Gmail – 2024.01.28

Minimum iOS version:

  • Meeting – 225.0
  • Gmail – 6.0.231231

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