Choose from Tiled or Sidebar views

What to Know

  • Click the three-dot icon at the bottom right corner of the meeting screen. Select Change layout and choose the bubble next to Tiled.
  • Alternatively, the Sidebar view shows the main speaker plus smaller tiles of participants on the side.

This article shows you how to see everyone at once in the Tiled or Sidebar view on Google Meet in a supported browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari).
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How to Use Google Meet’s Tiled View

To see all meeting participants at once on your screen in a grid format, choose Tiled view.

  1. Click the More options menu (three vertical dots) on the bottom right of the screen.
  2. Select Change layout.
  3. Choose the bubble next to Tiled. Use the slider to select the number of tiles to see at once.


    With a personal Google account the default is 16 tiles, but you can choose as many as 49 tiles to accommodate the number of participants.

  4. Close the Change Layout dialog box by clicking on the X in the upper right corner (or outside of the box) to view all meeting participants on your screen in a grid, as shown below.Google

How to Use Google Meet’s Sidebar View

Better for smaller meetings with a featured speaker, the Sidebar view shows the speaker on the main part of the screen and smaller tiles of non-speaking participants in the sidebar to the right.

  1. Click the More options icon and select Change layout.
  2. Select Sidebar view and close the box to view the speaker on the main part of the screen and other participants in the sidebar.
  3. The sidebar appears on the right side of the chat window.

Other Google Meet Viewing Options

The two other important views to know in Google Meet help you see up to nine participants automatically or focus on the speaker.
Auto: This default mode shows the other participant if there are only two attendees or automatically arranges up to nine tiles on the screen if there are more than two participants.
Spotlight: The Spotlight setting features the active speaker on the screen and no-one else. This mode is best for meetings with one dedicated speaker when you’re not also actively participating.

Three Useful Google Meet Extensions to Know

While Google has rolled out several free enhancements to Meet, enterprise users have access to more Zoom-like features for quick changes and collaboration. If you have a free account and want a little more control without upgrading or waiting for Google Meet updates, these three add-ons can help.

Google Meet Grid View Fix

Google Meet now has its own native grid format with Tiled view, but formerly the Google Meet Grid View extension was the workaround. The Google Meet Grid View Fix is an updated version of the add-on that smooths some compatibility issues with Meet’s built-in grid view.
This extension offers a handy shortcut for grid view right next to the number of meeting participants at the top right of the meeting screen. A quick click of the grid icon turns the tile mode off or on and offers some advanced viewing options. This saves you the hassle of visiting the More options menu and allows you to view more than 49 attendees at once without a business account.

Push to Talk

In smaller routine meetings that require active feedback, it can be a hassle to manually mute and unmute your mic every time. You can use the built-in key combination, Command+D, but Google Meet Push to Talk is an add-on that offers a simple one-button shortcut with the spacebar. You also have the option of programming your own hotkey if you prefer a different button for microphone muting/unmuting.
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Thanks to services like Google Meet, online video conferencing has never been more accessible. That said, this neat app does have its drawbacks, like the number of participants visible during a meeting. How to See Everyone at the Same Time in Google Meet If you want to see everyone at the same time, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll cover a few methods to see everyone at the same time in Google Meet. At one time, Google Meet did not let us see every attendee at one time. But now, you can on the web browser. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open Google Meet and log in.
  2. Join your meeting.
  3. Click on the three-dot icon in the bottom of the screen.
  4. Select the ‘Change Layout’ option.
  5. Choose the ‘Tiled’ option. Then, use the slider at the bottom to expand your view for up to 49 members.

Now, you can see all of your attendees at one time on your screen. Note: This method only allows users to see up to 49 members.

Use Google Meet Grid View

Google Meet Grid View was, at one time, a much better solution for Meet users. However, it seems to be quite spotty these days. Because it does still work and a lot of people are already familiar with the extension, we’ve included it in this article.

Google Meet Grid View – Fix

Before we go into using Grid View, let’s first review the steps to get it working again if it fails. Many users have reported success using these methods:

  • Clear your browser’s cache.
  • Uninstall and reinstall Grid View. You can use this one or this one, there are two available in March of 2021.
  • Close Chrome and re-open it.

Install Grid View

So, if you’re not using Chrome already, you’ll need to get it on your computer. Downloading and installing Chrome is straightforward. Follow the link above, and you’ll have Chrome in no time. When you’re ready, you can add the Google Meet Grid View to the Chrome browser:

  1. Launch Chrome, and visit this website. It’s the official download page for this cool Chrome extension.
  2. There, you need to add the extension to Chrome. Just tap the appropriate button on the upper-right side of the window.
  3. Confirm that you want to add the extension in the pop-up window.
  4. As soon as the Google Meet Grid View installs in your browser, you’ll get a notification. It should only take a couple of seconds.

Proceed to Google Meet

Once you set up this Chrome extension, it will load automatically. There are no additional steps you need to take. If you can see the Google Meet Grid View icon in the top-right corner of your browser screen, you’re ready to join a meeting and look at everyone. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Launch Google Meet in your Chrome browser.
  2. Tap the Join or Start a Meeting button.
    join or start meeting
  3. Then, select Join Now.
  4. Finally, you can see everybody in the video chat. Instead of only four people.

If you want to start a meeting and see everyone, then you need to do the following:

  1. Open Google Meet in Chrome.
  2. Select Join or Start a Meeting (joining and starting a meeting, share the same button).
  3. Type in the name for your session.
    meeting name
  4. Then, tap the Present option.
  5. Lastly, you can Add People to your meeting using email or phone invitations. When people join, you’ll see all of them, no matter the number of participants.

A Useful Trick for Seeing Everyone

If all participants need to see each other in your Google Meet, you can instruct your coworkers or friends to use the Google Meet Grid View. Doing this will take some time, however, and people on mobile devices would be out of luck as browser extensions aren’t usually made for mobile browsers. But what if we told you there’s a way to bypass this? Follow these steps:

  1. Complete the instructions from the section above to start a Google Meet presentation.
  2. When you select Present Now, click on ‘A Window’ from the dropdown menu.
  3. Finally, choose Share, and you’ll share your meeting screen with everybody. This way, everyone can see everyone without any hassle, thanks to your Google Meet Grid View add-on.

Use Different Google Meet Layouts

In case you don’t want to use any external plug-ins or Google Chrome, you could change the Google Meet layout to fit your needs. Note that this won’t enable you to see everyone at the same time, but it’s perhaps better than using the default layout. Here’s how to change a Google Meet layout:

  1. Start Google Meet on any computer browser.
  2. Join a meeting or start a new one.
  3. Then, select the More option in the lower-right corner of your screen.
  4. Next, choose Change Layout.
  5. Here you can select a different layout. Look for layout descriptions below.

Google Meet layouts look like this:

  1. The Auto layout is the default layout, preset on Google Meet. The Tiled layout shows four screens with the participants, putting the presenter in a bigger format during the presentation, and other members next to the big window.
  2. The Sidebar layout shows the presenter on the big screen too, while other participants show up in smaller windows to the right.
  3. The Spotlight layout shows the presenter or the active speaker on a full-screen window. Additionally, you can mark a participant you want to see in full-screen resolution.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I see everyone on Google Meet mobile?

If you’re stuck using a smart phone or tablet for your meetings you’ll be dismayed to know that the mobile app only lets users see up to 4 people. There is no option to see all members within the application at one time.

How can I take attendance with Google Meet?

One of the more common complaints of Google Meet is that there is no perfect way to take attendance. Fortunately, there is a Chrome extension to help! You can get the Attendance extension at this link and install it on your Chrome browser. It automatically logs the attendance of those who join your meeting for you to review later on. Because some users have occasionally noticed inaccuracies we also recommend using a Google Form to log attendance with this extension.

Big Brother View

With so many virtual meetings and distanced learning, seeing everyone at one time is now more important than ever. However, Google Meet still isn’t the perfect solution for everyone’s needs. Is this your primary video conference platform? Do you use it for business or fun? Feel free to add to the discussion in the comments section below. When on a Google Meet with a lot of participants it often happens where many of the participants do not appear on your screen, whether you’re presenting or not. In this post we’ll solve the mystery of how to see everyone on Google Meet… image of Google Meet

How to see everyone on Google Meet

How to see everyone on Google Meet in the Google Meet grid view is one of the top asked questions for Google Meet users. It can often be frustrating when you’re presenting or simply talking and cannot see all participants in your Meet. The grid view can often times only show a subset of the participants that are actually present, and this is often because your Google Meet grid view extension settings are not set correctly. Below are the steps you need to take to show everyone on your Google Meet grid view:

Open Google Meet Settings

When you’re in a Google Meet, the first step to showing every participant in the grid view is to first select the ‘…’ option menu in the bottom tab bar. Once selected you will see a list of options to choose from. google meet setting screen

Click Change Layout

Once you see all the option, select the ‘Change Layout’ option to access the layout options menu – it’s from here that we will be able to tweak our settings to change our new Google Meet layout to view all active participants. google meet settings change layout to grid view

Update Google Meet New Layout Settings

Now that you have the Google Meet layout settings modal open you can adjust the settings to view more participants in the grid view. In terms oh how to get this new Google Meet layout you will need to change two settings within this modal: Change Layout: the default layout selected should be ‘Auto’, but in order to see everyone on Google Meet you will need to change this setting to ‘Tiled’ Change Tiles: the last and final step is to change the maximum number of tiles displayed in the Google Meet grid view. This by default is set to a low number, but we can adjust is to increase the total number of particpants in the grid view. Drag the slider all the way to the right until the number reads as ’49’ google meet grid view layout change

How to see everyone on Google Meet while presenting

The second most commonly asked question about Google Meet is how to see everyone on Google Meet while presenting. This can be frustrating as when you’re presenting you are often only able to see a small subset of the participants in the Meet – making it feel like you’re presenting to no one! This is also odd as it can make it hard to see reactions from your audience, or for teachers to see if your students are actually paying attention! Below are the steps for how to see everyone while presenting:

Unpin Presentation

To view everyone while presenting and see their videos as larger thumbnails, you simply need to unpin your video presentation. To do this, hover over the large presentation video in the Google Meet. When hovering you will see a few options appear at the center of the video. The option on the far left side, which looks like a pin with a line through it, will allow you to unpin your presentation. Select this option. google meet see everyome while presenting

Presentation Unpinned

With the presentation unpinned you will now see a smaller version of your presentation in the top left hand corner of the screen, while all the participant tiles will now be visible at a larger scale. google meet presentation unpin

How to see everyone on Google Meet on iPad

Luckily for iPad users they are already able to see everyone on Google Meet on iPad ever since Google released this functionality a little while ago. On iPad grid view is enabled by default and any new user will display in the grid when they join.

In conclusion

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Back to the blog → Google Meet has become one of the most widely used video conferencing services in the globe among people, organizations, and educational institutions. And why would it not? There’s just so much to go with it – it is free to use, easy to learn, and most importantly, accessible across a bunch of devices. If a lot of people are sharing ideas during a Google Meet call, you might want to see as many participants as possible on your screen. The following guide will enable you to see participants in different layouts when you’re making a group video call on Google Meet. So if someone turns himself into a banana using Snap Camera filters on Google Meet, you won’t miss out on the fun! Related: Zoom vs Google Meet

How many people can you see at a time on Google Meet?

On Google Meet, you can see up to 49 participants on a single screen during a meeting. You’ll be able to see these many participants on a single screen in a 7×7 grid view which will only be possible if you’re in a meeting with as many members. By default, Meet only shows you 9 of the most active participants on a single screen, so you’ll have to switch to another layout to view more participants in the meeting. You can do so using either of these two layout options – Auto and Tiled inside Google Meet that you can easily switch to by accessing the Change layout option. The ability to see up to 49 participants is only available when you access Google Meet on the web. The feature will be enabled no matter which accounts you’re signing in to – a personal Google account or a Workspace account. For people using the Google Meet app, the maximum number of participants they can view is different depending on the device they’re using it on.

  • On iPhone: You can view up to 8 video feeds at once.
  • On Android: You can view up to 8 video feeds at once.
  • On iPad: You can view up to 48 video feeds at once on newer models, lesser on older iPads.

How to change screen layouts in a meeting on Google Meet

Now that you know the total number of view feeds you can look at during meetings on Google Meet, you should be able to switch the screen layout inside one so that you can see other participants the way you want.

Method 1: On computer

If you often use Google Meet on the web, you can change the layout of the video feeds shown on your screen by following the instructions below. To get started, go to Google Meet on a web browser (preferably Google Chrome) and then start or join a meeting. On the meeting screen, click on the 3-dots button from the meeting controls at the bottom. In the overflow menu that appears, select Change layout. In the Change layout dialog box that appears, select the layout that you want to use from the following options. Auto: When you select this option, Google Meet will choose a layout for you depending on the meeting size. By default, you’ll see up to 9 tiles in a meeting but you can tweak it to feature more or less number of video feeds based on your requirement using the Tiles slider underneath. You can use this slider to see anywhere between 6 and 49 participants on the same screen. Tiled: This layout is similar to ‘Auto’ and can be selected to see up to 49 participants in equal-sized video feeds. By default, Google Meet shows only 16 tiles in a grid pattern but you can tweak the number of visible video feeds by dragging the Tiles slider at the bottom. This slider lets you select video feeds of different sizes – 6 tiles, 9 tiles, 16 tiles, 30 tiles, 42 tiles, and 49 tiles. During a presentation is being conducted, the shared screen will dominate the Tiled layout; so you’ll see the presented screen in a large size with up to three speakers shown alongside it. Spotlight: This layout shows the presentation or an active speaker in the entire meeting window. When you pin a participant or presentation, they’re always visible on your screen. Sidebar: In this layout, the main tile will show the video feed of an active speaker or a presentation that’s being shared. There will be small thumbnails on the right-hand side of the main tile that shows other participants of the meeting. When you’re done selecting a layout, click on the X icon at the top right corner of the Change layout dialog box to apply it to your meeting screen.

Method 2: On Phone

Unlike on a computer, the Google Meet app on iOS or Android doesn’t come with a Change layout option. That’s because the maximum number of people you can see on a phone’s screen is 8. Even without the Change layout option, there’s still a way to modify how many video feeds you can see in Google Meet on your phone. To do that, open the Google Meet app on iOS or Android and start or join a meeting. See up to 8 participants on the screen If there are 8 or more participants, the app will show you 8 video tiles on your screen by default. When you enter a meeting with more than 8 participants, you’ll see the most active or pinned participants across 8 tiles in a grid while the rest of the participants will be labeled as “Others” on the meeting screen. If you want any of the “other” participants to show up on the main meeting screen, they must either be an active speaker or you will have to pin/fullscreen their feed to make it visible. Pin someone at the top (like “Sidebar” layout) If you wish to attain a “Sidebar” like the layout on your phone similar to Google Meet calls on the web, you can pin someone’s video feed. To do that, tap on the 3-dots icon at the bottom right corner of the video feed of the person you want to pin. In the overflow menu that appears, select Pin. When you do that, the selected person will be pinned at the top half of the screen while the other half will feature up to 4 other video feeds. View someone in full screen (like “Spotlight” layout) Just like the Spotlight layout with Google Meet on the web, you can also set someone to be visible on your phone’s entire screen. To see someone in full screen, tap on the 3-dots icon at the bottom right corner of their video feed. In the overflow menu that appears, select Full screen. When you do that, the selected person’s video feed will occupy the entire screen with your video appearing as a floating window. Remove your video feed from the grid Of the video feeds visible on the screen, you can choose whether or not you want your video to show in grid form. To remove your video from the grid, tap on the 3-dots icon at the bottom right corner of your video feed, or tap and hold on your video feed. In the overflow menu that appears, select Minimize your video. Your video will now to a small floating pill that can be moved to any four corners of the meeting screen. At the same time, anyone whose video feed was previously not visible in the meeting will now appear inside the grid layout, taking your place on the screen.

How to view all 49 participants at once on Google Meet

The ability to see up to 49 participants during a meeting is reserved for when you use Google Meet on the web on a computer or an iPad with Safari browser. If the meeting you’re a part of has these many participants but you don’t see all of their video feeds, you see change the layout of the screen to “Tiled”. To do that, enter a meeting on Google Meet on the web and click on the 3-dots button from the meeting controls at the bottom. When an overflow menu appears, select Change layout. In the new dialog that appears, select Tiled. To see up to 49 participants, drag the Tiles slider at the bottom to the extreme right until it reads “49”. This will let you view as many participants as you can on a single screen during a Google Meet meeting.

How to adjust the number of tiles

A meeting inside Google Meet will show tiles if you have the “Auto” or “Tiled” layout selected and there are no active presentations or pinned participants on the screen. In that case, you’ll see

  • 9 tiles on your screen in the “Auto” layout
  • 16 tiles if the “Tiled” layout is selected.

If you wish to change the number of tiles, you can manually adjust the number of participants you can view in a grid by going to the 3-dots button > Change layout. Inside the Change layout box, select either of these two options – Auto or Tiled to be able to change the grid size in a meeting. Inside the same Change layout dialog box, you’ll see the Tiles slider at the bottom. To increase or decrease the number of tiles on your screen, drag this slider right or left. Meet then lets you choose your desired number of tiles on the screen from the following numbers – 6, 9, 16, 30, 42, and 49. Although Google Meet’s maximum participants limit is set at 500 users, there’s no way to see each and everyone of these participants on a single screen. It doesn’t make sense having video feeds of these many people visible on a screen as the actual video feeds of these users will barely be visible on a computer screen, let alone on a phone. That’s why Google has set a limit for the number of total participants you can view in a meeting. This number can change depending on the kind of device you’re using Google Meet on. The maximum limit on how many people you can see during a Google Meet call is:

  • 8 video feeds – if you’re using the Google Meet app on an iPhone or Android device.
  • 48 video feeds – if you’re using the Google Meet app on an iPad.
  • 49 video feeds – if you’re using the Safari app on an iPad to log in to Google Meet on the web.
  • 49 video feeds – if you’re starting or joining a Google Meet meeting on the web from any computer.

So, unless the number of participants is under 49 people in a meeting, you cannot see everyone on the same screen on Google Meet. If that’s the case, you can see every in a meeting by following the instructions from a relevant section above.

Hardware requirements to see all participants on Meet

While you can join video calls on Google Meet with minimal system requirements (i.e. with a Dual-Core processor and 2GB memory), Google states that the minimum requirements are only sufficient for basic user scenarios while other environments like seeing more participants’ videos, might indicate the need for better hardware. Since the maximum number of participants is only visible in the Tiled layout during a Google Meet call, we’re only going to include situations with a Tiled layout and nothing else.

User Conditions Recommended hardware
Small meetings in Tiled layout with less than 5 participants Dual-Core processor 2GB RAM
Large meetings in Tiled layout with more than 5 participants 1 or 2 Browser tabs or Apps open Quad-Core Intel Celeron N4000/N3000 series, Dual-Core Intel Celeron 2000/3000/4000 series processor, AMD 3000-series, AMD Athlon 300, Mediatek 8173/8183 4GB RAM
Large meetings (more than 5 participants) in Tiled layout with Presentations 5-10 Tabs and apps open in the background Quad-Core Intel Celeron N4000/N5000 series processor, 7th Gen Intel i3 processor, 6th Gen Intel i5 processor, AMD Ryzen 3 3300U 4GB RAM
Large meetings (more than 5 participants) in Tiled layout with Presentations High video quality 10+ Tabs and apps open in the background Quad-Core 6th Gen Intel i5 and AMD Ryzen 5 3500U 8GB RAM

How to see yourself among other participants on Google Meet

Unless disabled, you will always see your self-view when you enter a meeting on Google Meet.

  • If there are only 2 people in a meeting including yourself, your video feed will appear as a floating window at the bottom right corner.
  • If there are more than 2 people in a meeting, your self-view will be visible inside a grid with other participants automatically.

If you want to remove your Self View from a grid, you can hover over your video feed and click on the Grid icon. When you remove yourself from a grid, your Self View will be visible as a floating window that you can move across any four corners of the screen. You can also minimize your Self View, your video will no longer be visible on your screen. Instead, you’ll see a small rectangular box that reads “You” with an option to maximize your video. This will not stop your video from appearing on other people’s screens. At any time, you can add your Self View back to the grid by clicking on this Grid icon again.

Google Meet tips to see participants

If you wish to make the most of what Google Meet offers to see everyone present in a meeting, then you can consider the following pointers.

  • Apply animal faces for fun: Google Meet offers a way to apply filters to your camera feed which you can use to turn your face into a dog, cat, elephant, or other available characters.
  • Use Hand Raise to get a chance to speak: Google Meet gives muted participants a way to speak up during a meeting using the Hand Raise option.
  • Schedule meetings for the future: Google Meet lets you create a future event in your calendar and create a meeting link to invite others to join on time.
  • Companion Mode in Google Meet: To help work done in hybrid working environments, Google Meet offers the Companion mode so that both remote workers and their in-office teammates can attend a meeting without issues.
  • Ask attendees to mirror their camera on Google Meet: Google Meet shows someone’s original view while in a meeting but you can flip it if you desire to by following the guide that we’ve prepared.
  • Multi-task with Dualless Extension: Dualless gives you the power to separate your Meet windows from your content window. This means you can not only see all the participants on a single screen but also go on with your workflow while keeping an eye on everyone present in a meeting.
  • Freeze yourself while in a meeting: We understand if you’re stuck in a meeting that’s been running for a long time but did you know you can freeze your video from time to time? This should help you get things done by freezing your video feed.
  • Use Google Meet Effects to pop out on a screen: If there are 49 people to see in a meeting, it could get hard for others to notice you among the sea of tiles that are laid in front of them. If you want to make your video feed stand out from others, you can use Meet Effects.
  • View all your participants on the big screen: Being able to see 49 other participants on your computer screen is good but it would be nicer if you could see them in magnified view, wouldn’t it be? You can use Google Meet on Chromecast and cast your conferences to the big screen at your house.
  • Show your video and present at the same time: Google Meet allows you to use the same Google account to sign in to Meet on the phone and the web simultaneously. What this means is you can show your video as well as stream what’s on your whiteboard at the same time.

Do you want to see participants in your Google Meet call in a grid view? Did the above guide help change the way you view participants on Google Meet? Let us know in the comments below.

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