Large IT companies, such as Twitter and Spotify, encourage employees to work from home. Google is already on board with the Google Meet software, and sensing the current trend, the search giant has made the service free for everyone. It quickly became the essential videoconferencing tool at GT. If you’re new to Google Meet and having audio issues, read on to resolve the issue.
Audio issues on the admin side can interrupt the current Google Meet meeting. Something that is not ideal for the overall software experience. There can be many reasons behind the behavior.
1. Check the audio before the meeting
Google Meet allows you to verify audio and video before joining a meeting. You can tap on the Check Audio and Video option and select the default PC / Mac speakers for a smooth meeting.
2. Check the computer audio
Due to the mute button on the Apple MacBook, you might have pressed it by mistake. Sometimes I use the mute button on the keyboard to quickly mute the sound. MacBooks do not display the LED indicator indicating the mute button.
You can forget to turn it back on before the Google Meet meeting. Press the F10 key and make sure you’ve turned sound back on on your device.
3. Select Device speakers in the Google Meet settings
Google Meet lets you change the default speakers for the meeting. If you’re using your phone as a webcam or connected to third-party speakers, you’ll need to make sure you’ve selected an appropriate Google Meet audio accessory.
Let me share what happened to me. You can use the iPhone as a webcam on Google Meet with the EpocCam software. For this, you can download the appropriate drivers and configure the service. While setting up, change audio settings on Google Meet from MacBook speakers to EpocCam device.
The next time I tried running the meeting on Google Meet, it remembered my last settings and tried using EpocCam instead of the MacBook speakers for audio. When I wasn’t using the EpocCam app, I couldn’t hear the sound from the other side. So I had to go back to MacBook speakers from Google Meet settings> Audio to fix the issue.
4. Turn off Bluetooth
You may have used Bluetooth on your PC or Mac to connect headphones or TWS (True Wireless Stereo). Most people forget to turn off Bluetooth after use. The next time you compose the Google Meet meeting, it might use Bluetooth and connect to a paired device.
Some TWS are also switched when the battery box runs out of juice. In such cases, you will not be able to hear the sound from your end. Make sure that you have turned off Bluetooth on your end and that it is not connected to any third party Bluetooth accessories.
5. Make sure the microphone is working on the other side
The audio works perfectly fine on your end. The problem could come from the other side. Google Meet attendees may be having microphone issues on their end. You can ask them to kindly repair the microphone so that you can hear them during the Google Meet meeting.
We have already covered a detailed article to fix microphone issues on Google Meet. Share the post link with attendees to resolve the issue.
6. Fix audio drivers
The audio / speaker problem may be due to corrupted drivers on your PC. You need to update the audio drivers on your Windows PC. Follow the steps to update them on your PC.
Step 1: Press the Windows button and type device manager.
2nd step: Hit enter, and it will open the device manager.
Step 3: From the Audio in and out option, you will find the Intel drivers and Realtek microphone responsible for using your phone’s microphone as the default microphone on video apps. Right click on the microphone and select Update Drivers.
Step 4: Scroll down and go to Sound, video and game controllers.
Step 5: Right click on the audio drivers and update them (Realtek drivers, in my case).
7. Close the other tabs
As you may know, Google Meet lives on the web. If another browser tab is using the device’s speakers, you might experience audio issues during Google Meet calls. Just identify those tabs with a little speaker icon on the tab and close them.
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Before starting a meeting on Google Meet, it’s always a good idea to check the audio, video, and microphone for a smooth meeting. Such a problem breaks the flow of the meeting and also makes you unprofessional. Follow the guide above and resolve audio issues on Google Meet.
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Last updated Feb 12, 2021
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