Gaster.US – While not as popular as Zoom and Microsoft Teams, Google Meet has found some recipients in the consumer space. Google’s video conferencing solution is web-based, free, and works flawlessly with other Google services out there. However, it still suffers from lags, especially when screen sharing is enabled for presentations. Here’s how to fix or reduce lag during a Google Meet presentation.
Keep in mind that the steps below will not eliminate delays during your presentation. These tips will help you reduce lag and provide a better Google Meet experience. Without further ado, let’s get started.
Step 1: Use Google Chrome
As mentioned earlier, Google services are best enjoyed than any Google product out there. For example, offline mode for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides is only available in Google Chrome and not other browsers.
Likewise, you should select the Chrome browser when using Google Meet. You will see a better user experience with the Chrome browser than Firefox, Edge or Safari.
Step 2: Use High-Speed Internet Connection
Google Meet requires a fast internet connection, especially when sharing screens or giving presentations via video calls.
You must connect your computer to a 5GHz Wi-Fi frequency for higher bandwidth usage and speeds.
Step 3: Suspend Other Activities in Background
If you’re downloading large files or streaming 4K video in the background, you’ll need to pause or close them. Make sure Google Meet has the highest bandwidth available to use during video calls.
If YouTube or another service is taking up most of your internet bandwidth, you’ll see a lag when viewing Google Meet. So make it a habit to suspend unnecessary activity in the background.
Step 4: Close Apps in the Background
This applies to laptops/computers with a low amount of RAM. Unlike iOS or Android, Windows is not designed to suspend background activity from open apps. Instead, you have to manually close it and free up RAM for your main task.
Also, Google Chrome is notorious for using excessive RAM in the background. So, make sure to close all unnecessary apps on your computer completely, then make a Google Meet call.
You can also use the Windows Task Manager and view all the background tasks that are currently running. Select them and hit End Task at the bottom.
Step 5: Lower Resolution
Trying to use a 4K monitor or 4K laptop for Google Meet calls? In this case, Google Meet will try to show everything in 4K during the presentation. This can cause lags during Google Meet screen sharing.
You have to lower the screen resolution and then enable screen sharing during calls. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Open the Settings app in Windows (use Windows key + I).
Step 2: Open the System partition then select the View menu.
Step 3: Select Display Resolution under the Scale and Layout menu and choose a lower resolution.
Open Google Chrome and try giving a presentation during Google Meet. You should see a sharp drop in lag.
Step 6: Update Display and GPU Drivers
If your computer monitor and GPU drivers are outdated, you may experience severe lags during your Google Meet presentation. You need to update the display and GPU drivers from the Device Manager menu. Here’s how.
Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Device Manager.
Step 2: Press Enter and open the Device Manager menu.
Step 3: Expand the list of display adapters. Right click on Intel HD Graphics and update to the latest version.
Step 4: Find your GPU driver from the same list and update it to the latest version.
Restart your computer and try giving a Google Meet presentation.
Step 7: Avoid Using Background Wallpapers
Google Meet offers background functionality to help you hide a messy room behind you. When using a background wallpaper, the system uses resources to crop your face and body from the background.
If possible, don’t try to use a background wallpaper in your Google Meet presentation. This will save some CPU resources for a better experience during calls.
8. Update Latest Version Of Google Chrome
Google Meet rendering delays may not be related to Google Meet or other factors. Google Chrome’s outdated design might be the main reason behind the lag. You must update Google Chrome from Settings > About Page.
Give the perfect Google Meet presentation
Google Meet remains the number one choice for regular consumers out there. Free and easy to use. However, being late during your presentation can ruin the meeting for you. Keep the suggestions above in mind before you start your Google Meet presentation and impress your coworkers or boss.