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Google Meet Starts Telling Users if Their Voice Echoes During a Call

Until now, the only way to know was by others on a video call telling you.

August 24, 2021

Nobody likes to be told their voice is echoing on a video call, and it's frustrating for everyone trying to listen to what you're saying. Google knows this and has figured out how to discreetly tell you your audio is echoing on Google Meet.

The problem is nowhere near as bad as it used to be, with a number of features being introduced to the most popular video conferencing platforms to intelligently eliminate it. But those methods aren't perfect, so Google is adding a new feature to Meet that pops up a notification during a call if an echo is detected.

The notification simply says "You're causing echo" and includes a link to get help. There's also a red dot on the options menu as a second visual cue something is wrong. The help offered is actually pretty basic. The easiest way to solve echo is by wearing headphones, but you can also try lowering your speaker volume, which should help Meet's automatic noise cancellation feature work more effectively. As a final option, you could simply hit the mute button every time you speak, then unmute to hear responses.

Google started rolling out the echo notification feature to Meet users yesterday, and it should be available to all users within 15 days. Until then, you'll just have to keep on relying on others to tell you about echoes.

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