Have you ever been in an important work meeting only to realise that your device is precariously running low on juice – the horror! – and there’s no charger to hand? Worse still, have you ever been cut off in the middle of an important video call because you missed the flashing red battery icon in the corner of your screen? If you’ve ever faced these perils of working from home, Google Meet has some good news for you.
Google’s popular video conferencing service has just launched a great new battery-saving feature that rivals like Zoom and Microsoft Teams may want to take a closer look at. The handy new addition to Google Meet’s armoury makes sure a device limits the number of resources used during a call.
Dubbed saver mode, Google Meet will place a cap on the amount of processing power and data needed to carry out a call, which all has an impact on the amount of battery needed for a meeting. This helpful new tool has been added to Google Meet in the latest round of features and enhancements for the service for April.
Speaking about the feature in a post online, Google said: “Turn on Meet saver mode before a Meet video call to reduce data usage and conserve battery power. Saver mode limits CPU performance so your device’s charge lasts longer.”
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So, even though your device is running low on charge… you won’t need to join a meeting late because you were hunting for a charger, or if you’re out-and-about and are worried about draining your 4G data allowance, you will still be able to drop-in to the meeting.
If you want to turn on Meet saver then here’s what you need to do…
• Open the Meet app
• Tap the Menu button which is the three vertical dots
• Go to the Settings section
• Toggle on the Limit data usage option
• Then simply head to your next video call
Meet saver isn’t the only new addition for the Zoom and Microsoft Teams rival in April.
This month Google Meet has also got new Q&A and polls functionality for Android devices as well as new Android safety controls along with an option in iOS which allows moderators to end a meeting for all participants.
Google regularly adds new features to Meet, with January being the only month in 2021 that didn’t see the Mountain View firm release a new batch of extra features and enhancements for its Meet service.
Google Meet is available to anyone with a Google Account, which can be created for free. Some features will eventually be limited on free accounts, however, these restrictions have been suspended due to the ongoing public health crisis and focus on working and studying from home.