How to use the Google Meet share screen feature

Google Meet can be used for free, or with a paid membership. Customers with a paid membership typically receive a better product offer that includes native registration for meetings, break rooms, and longer meetings. One feature available to all Google Meet users is screen sharing.

Share Google Meet screen

Share Google Meet screen

Google Meet has a native screen sharing feature. Anyone can use it ie, those with a free Google Meet account can use it to share their screen. This feature is available for desktop users through a modern browser and is available for mobile users through the official Google Meet apps.

Google Meet screen sharing – web / desktop

To share your screen in a Google Meet meeting, you need to use a modern browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari) to come to the meeting.

  1. Start or join a Google Meet meeting.
  2. When the meeting begins, click the share screen button (button with arrow on).
  3. Select the screen, window, or browser tab that you want to share it.
  4. If you select a tab to share, you may need to grant additional permissions to Google Meet.
  5. Screen sharing will begin.

Anyone can share their screen. You do not have to be the guest of the meeting to share your screen.

Google Meet screen sharing – mobile / iOS / Android

To share your screen at a Google Meet meeting from a mobile device, you need to have the official Google Meet app installed on your phone. You will not be able, for obvious reasons, to split the screen if you have joined the meeting. The official app is available for both iOS and Android.

  1. Come together or start a meeting in the official Google Meet app.
  2. Tap on the more options button at the bottom right of the control bar at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Choose Share screen.
  4. Tap on it Start Broadcast.
  5. Screen sharing will begin.
  6. All your phone’s apps and screens will be visible to everyone.

Note: some apps may block screen sharing eg Netflix but you will be able to share almost all apps and screens on your phone.

Conclusion

Google Meet has a basic screen sharing. There is no way to manage permissions as there is in Microsoft Teams. The free Google Meet plan is basically based on ease of use which is why the feature is kept simple. Unfortunately, since you can only use Google Meet from the desktop through a browser, screen sharing tends to be slow and weak. Make sure you are not running additional apps that will charge your CPU if you plan to share your screen at a meeting.

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