Google Meet now lets you cast your video conferences to the TV screen
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Does the idea of having your work meetings on the biggest screen in your house seem appealing? Google Meet is adding Chromecast support to let you do exactly that. You can now cast your meeting to the company’s Chromecast streaming sticks, Android TV, and smart displays. “Earlier this year, we launched Google Meet on Nest Hub Max, and it just felt right to expand Meet to even more screens in your home,” Google’s Grace Yang wrote on the Chromecast support forum.
“We recognize that many schools are moving to distance/remote learning, and we wanted to support this new learning environment for teachers and students,” Yang said. “Meet on Chromecast will let you host or join meetings giving you the opportunity to connect with classmates, collaborate on projects, and even attend lectures.”
When casting a Meet to your TV, your own audio and video feed will still be coming from your computer — so it might get a little awkward if you don’t occasionally glance at the camera to avoid looking distracted.
Supported Chromecast models include the Chromecast Ultra and both the current and second-gen Chromecasts. Google notes that “performance may vary” across Android TV and Cast-enabled displays. So if a meeting is critical, maybe stick to your laptop.
To cast your Google Meet to the TV, open the meeting in Chrome and you should see a “cast this meeting” option, which is accessible both before and during a meeting.