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How to enable grid view in Google Meet and see every meeting participant at once

Summary List PlacementGrid view isn’t just for Zoom. Google Meet has made it easier than ever to view every participant in a meeting at once with their similar tiled layout feature. 
Part of an April 2020 rollout of highly-requested Google Meet upgrades, this tool expanded the visible number of participants on-screen simultaneously from four to 16 people. According to one Google support page, Tiled view can now accommodate up to 49 people at once. Before the update, users could access what used to be called “Grid view” through the Chrome extension “Google Meet Grid View.” 
Tiled view is one of a handful of other layout options Google has available for Google Meet users, including Auto, Spotlight, and Sidebar. Choosing a tiled layout might be useful for very large virtual meet-ups or those who prefer that the screen not change as speakers take turns. With a tiled layout, everyone in the meeting (up to 49 people) stays visible in one place. 
Here’s how to get a grid view in Google Meet. 
How to enable tiled view in Google Meet on desktop
1. Join a meeting in Google Meet. 
2. At the bottom right, click the icon with three vertical dots.

3. Click “Change layout.”

4. Select “Tiled” to see every participant in the meeting at the same time.

5. To adjust the number of tiles you see, use the slider at the bottom of the “Change layout” window. 
6. To include yourself as a tile with the other participants, click the button that looks like four squares at the top right.   

Enabling Google Meet’s grid view on mobile devices and tablets
Tiled view is not currently available for mobile devices or tablets, but users can work around this with two different approaches. The first is using a web browser on your phone instead of the app. Just enable desktop mode (or “Request desktop site”) within the browser, enter a Google meeting, and then change the layout in the same way as on desktop. 
The second approach is to participate in a meeting using the Google Meet app. If a participant on their desktop has enabled the “tiled” layout, ask that they share their screen with the rest of the meeting. 
Troubleshooting issues with Google Tiled View
If you’re experiencing problems with Google Meet after switching to a tiled layout, such as your video freezing, there are several fixes you can try. Start by closing any applications, windows, or browser tabs that you aren’t currently using, then try turning off your camera or reducing the number of visible tiles in your layout. You can find this last option where you found “Tiled” in “Change layout” at the bottom of the Meet screen.   
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