How to hide and reveal yourself on Google Meet on phone and computer

How to hide and reveal yourself on Google Meet on phone and computer

Many of you must be wondering if you can use Google Meet without your video i.e. without showing your face? Yes, you don’t have to keep your camera on when participating in an online course, conference call, or remote meeting in Google Meet. Although it sounds simple, but can be a bit tricky. Let’s see how to hide and show yourself in Google Meet on Android, iPhone, Windows, and Mac.

With the increase in the use of video calling apps, many people are afraid to show their face on Google Meet. That’s why they prefer to skip some meetings. But you don’t have to. You can turn off the camera on Google Meet, which will hide you from others.

Let’s start by checking the step-by-step instructions on how to hide and show yourself on Google Meet on mobile and PC apps.

Note: When you hide your camera’s feed, you can still see others depending on their camera’s privacy setting. And others can still hear you if the microphone is on. The microphone setting is independent of the camera.

How to hide your face in Google Meet before joining a meeting

Whether you are a meeting creator or attending as a participant, the following steps will help you turn off your video camera before joining a Google Meet meeting.

Hide before joining a meeting on a laptop

Currently, Google Meet does not offer a desktop app. It is accessible through the web version at When you create a Google Meet meeting on the desktop (Windows or macOS) or join a meeting, you get the meeting preparation screen. You can turn off your camera and even your microphone so other meeting participants can’t see and hear you.

Tap the Camera icon to turn off the camera. You can also use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + E (Windows) and Command + E (macOS) to turn the camera on or off.

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Pro tip: Tap the three dots icon in the lower right corner of the camera preview screen and go to Settings to change the camera if you have multiple cameras on your device. Also check out 6 great Google Meet extensions to increase your productivity.

The meeting is activated

We hope that you don’t worry about your video feed anymore when you join Google Meet meetings because you can control the privacy setting and hide from others. Google is relentlessly adding new features to the Meet app such as background blur, low light mode, and more. You will now find Google Meet even in Gmail. What is your favorite feature of the app? Let us know in the comments below. And, if you have any other issue with the app, drop a comment.


New to Google Meet? Check out these 9 Google Meet tips and tricks for beginners from the following link.

Last updated on August 3, 2020

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