There can be various reasons why the audio setting during your Google Meet session does not work. The audio could not work when the mute button is on or, it could also be some technical issues that are causing the problem. Here are some tips on how to solve the audio problem when you join the Google Meet session.
1. Check the unmute button in your screen.
In your Google Meet room, you will see the following three circle buttons at the bottom of your screen. When this microphone icon on the left is red and has a slash, this mutes the microphone. Click on it to unmute your audio. You can also check the microphone status in the Google Meet preview pane before joining a meeting. When there are at least five participants who have joined the Google Meet room, the system could automatically mute the microphone. The professor (host) who created the Meet room could have remotely muted all student microphones. In all these cases, only you can unmute yourself.
2. Provide access to microphone.
By default, the web browser could block microphone access to websites and web apps such as Google Meet. The purpose of this default setting is to protect the privacy of users. When you join your Google Meet room, your browser should have prompted you to allow access to the microphone. However, the notification that asks for your permission to enable microphone access could not show up if you have mistakenly deselected microphone access and selected not to receive that notification. In this case, you must manually provide the required permissions by taking the following steps. This process could be different depending on your browser.
Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge Chromium: Click the padlock-shaped icon to the left corner of the address bar, and then set Microphone to ‘allow’.
3. Select the preferred microphone.
When there are multiple microphones connected to your PC or Mac, the Google Meet may use a different microphone than what you are currently using. Generally, Google Meet will automatically connect to the microphone on your computer. If your computer microphone does not work and you were trying to use a different microphone, you may need to select your preferred microphone. Start by clicking ‘Settings’ on the Google Meet menu.
Next to the Audio tab, select the correct microphone to use during your Google Meet session. To prevent potential issues with echoing, you may want to set the speakers to use the same hardware (if available). Click ‘Done’ to save your changes. If the audio setting in Google Meet does not show your microphone in the available audio input source, go to ‘Troubleshooting guide for microphone setting in Windows.’
4. Use your phone as your speaker and microphone.
If your microphone or speaker does not work on your computer, you can also use your phone as your speaker and microphone. In your Google Meet room, click ‘use a phone for audio’. There are two ways you can access the audio in your Google Meet through your phone. You can either make the system to call your phone by using ‘call me’ tab or ‘dial in’ the phone number to access the audio.
In the call me tab, enter your phone number. You should choose the right country that you are in and click call me. To save your phone number and have it auto-typed when you access your Google Meet room the next time, you can click remember the phone number on this device.
In the ‘dial in’ tab, select your country and dial the number on your phone. When prompted, enter the PIN and press pound.
The solution to your audio issue with participating in the Google Meet session could be simple if you know how to follow these steps. We hope this helped you fix the audio problem when you join Google Meet!