What do you want to know
- Companion Mode is a feature in Google Meet that allows in-person meeting participants to have the same controls as virtual guests.
- Google first introduced Companion Mode on the web and Nest Hub Max, but is now bringing the feature to mobile devices starting today.
- iOS and Android users will have access to Companion mode with recent versions of the Meet and Gmail apps.
Starting this week, Google is bringing Companion Mode to iOS and Android after the feature was previously exclusive to the Nest Hub Max and a web client. Companion mode is designed to help in-person participants use virtual tools during hybrid meetings.
The feature is intended for use in large hybrid meeting situations. These types of setups often include corporate meeting room hardware, which supports things like audio and video for the entire room. However, this hardware does not allow in-person participants to access virtual meeting features such as reactions, messages, or hand raises.
Companion mode on mobile devices offers all of these features and more to participants in in-person meetings while using Google Meet. In addition to the aforementioned features, Companion mode offers captions and subtitles for speakers and the ability to zoom in on visible content.
To use Companion Mode, users can click on a new Use companion mode button found in the pre-membership screen. When you select this option, the user’s audio and video will be automatically muted. Google recommends using meeting room equipment to avoid audio feedback caused by multiple active mics in a room.
The company says Companion Mode on mobile makes sense in spaces where using the feature on a laptop would be impractical.
The feature is now rolling out to Google Workspace users and personal Google account owners. However, depending on your school or workplace’s Google Workspace platform release schedule, it may take weeks for Companion Mode to become available.
Rapid release domains will begin to benefit from the feature on Monday (February 12), but the full rollout could take up to 15 days. Scheduled release domains will not be able to access Companion Mode until February 27 at the earliest and may have to wait up to 15 additional days after that.
On iOS you will need the version 229 of Google Meet or version 2024.01.28 from Gmail or newer. On Android, version 225.0 of Google Meet or version 6.0.231231 of Google Meet or newer.