7 solutions for when Google Meet audio isn't working

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Major IT companies, such as Twitter and Spotify, encourage employees to work from home. Google is already on board with Google Meet and, sensing the current trend, the search giant has made the service free for everyone. It has quickly become the go-to video conferencing tool around the world. If you are using Google Meet and are experiencing audio issues, read on to fix the issue.

Admin audio issues can interrupt the ongoing Google Meet meeting. Definitely a negative issue with regards to the overall software experience. There can be many reasons behind this behavior.

1. Check the audio before the meeting

Google Meet allows you to check audio and video before joining a meeting. You can tap on the Control 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 Apple MacBook, you may have pressed it by mistake. Sometimes I use the mute button on the keyboard to quickly silence the sound. MacBooks do not display the LED indicator showing the mute button.

You can forget to re-enable it before the Google Meet meeting. Press the F10 key and make sure you have unmuted audio on your device.

3. Select Device Speakers from Google Meet Settings

Google Meet allows you to change the default speakers for the meeting. If you're using your phone as a webcam or are connected to some third-party speakers, make sure you've selected a relevant Google Meet audio enhancement.

Let me share what happened to me. You can use iPhone as a webcam on Google Meet with EpocCam software. For this, you can download the relevant drivers and configure the service. During setup, change the Audio Settings on Google Meet from the MacBook speakers to the EpocCam device.

The next time I tried to conduct the meeting on Google Meet, he 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 audio from the other side. So I had to go back to the MacBook speakers from Google Meet Settings> Audio to fix the problem.

4. Disable Bluetooth

You may have used Bluetooth on your PC or Mac to connect headphones or TWS (True Wireless Stereo). Most users forget to turn off Bluetooth after use. The next time you go to a meeting with Google Meet, it may use the Bluetooth function and connect to a paired device.

Some TWS are also switched when the battery runs out. In these cases, you will not be able to hear the audio from your side. Make sure you've disabled Bluetooth on your side and it's not connected to any third-party Bluetooth accessories.

5. Make sure the microphone works on the other side

The audio works perfectly on your side. The problem may be on the other side. Google Meet attendees may have microphone issues. You can kindly ask them to fix the microphone so you can hear them during the Google Meet meeting.

We have already covered a detailed post to fix microphone problems on Google Meet. Share the link with attendees to resolve the issue.

6. Problems with audio drivers

The audio / speaker issue could 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: Tap the Windows button and type Device Manager.

Step 2: hit enter and it will open Device Manager.

Step 3: From the Audio In and Out option, you will find the Intel drivers and Realtek microphone responsible for using the phone's microphone as the default microphone in video apps. Right-click on the microphone and select Update Driver.

Step 4: scroll down and go to Sound, video and game controllers.

Step 5: right click on the audio drivers and update them (Realtek driver, in my case).

7. Close other tabs

As you may know, Google Meet lives on the web. If another browser tab is using your device's speakers, you may experience audio problems during Google Meet calls. Simply identify those tabs with a small speaker icon on the tab and close them.

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Can you listen now?

Before starting a meeting on Google Meet, it's always a good idea to check your audio, video, and microphone for a smooth meeting. Such an issue disrupts the flow of the meeting and also makes you unprofessional. Follow the guide above and troubleshoot audio issues with Google Meet.

Further Reading:

  • How to mute everyone on Google Meet
  • Google Meet microphone doesn't work on Windows and Mac
  • How to fix EpocCam not working on Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Google Meet
  • How to share audio on Google Meet
  • How to use EpocCam with Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet on Windows

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