Sneak Out Of Boring Meetings! Just Freeze Your Call On Google Meet

Take a break from back-to-back meetings.

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From school lectures to office meetings, online video conferences have taken over a significant portion of our day-to-day life. And, due to these frequent video conferences, people have started experiencing burnout. Although most of us can do little about it, those in touch with their notorious side can try a trick. This guide is just about that, and it will tell you how to freeze your screen on Google Meet.

There are chances you might be confused about what the term “freeze” exactly means here. We’re talking about freezing your Google Meet video to a specific frame, so you can escape that umpteenth meeting of the day without letting others know. The success of this trick depends on which frame you pick to freeze your video on. So make sure you give your best-focused look possible for this.

But screen-freezing isn’t ethical enough for a video conferencing platform to natively support it. Understandably, Google doesn’t provide any built-in feature with this functionality either. Therefore, we’ll be using third-party extensions for this.

How To Freeze Your Screen On Google Meet?

On Desktop/Laptop:

  1. Download and install “Visual Effects for Google Meet” Chrome extension.
  2. Create a Meet session or join an existing one.
  3. Hover your cursor over the white panel on the left edge of the screen. (Try turning your Meet video on and off, if you are unable to see the white panel.)
virtual effects layout

4. Scroll down to the white panel and check “Freeze” once you’re ready to freeze your screen.

virtual effects freeze screen

To resume your normal video or un-freeze, uncheck the “Freeze” box from the aforementioned panel.

On Mobile:

  1. Download Kiwi Browser from the Play Store. (Since the Chrome app doesn’t yet support extensions, we will be using this particular browser in this guide.)
  2. Open the browser and tap on the ellipsis button (three vertical dots) near the top-right corner.
kiwi browser

3. Tap on “Extensions.”

kiwi browser options

4. Select “+ (from store),” and then search and install the “Visual Effects For Google Meet” extension.

kiwi browser add extension

5. Once done, tap on the ellipsis button and check “Desktop site.”

kiwi browser desktop site setting

6. Go to meet.google.com and create or join a new Meeting session within the browser. (Log in to your Google account and grant video and audio permissions if prompted.)

7. Tap on the white panel on the left edge of the screen. (Turn the video on and off if it doesn’t appear.)

virtual effects layout mobile

8. Scroll down and check “Freeze” to freeze your screen when ready.

virtual effects freeze screen mobile

You can uncheck the Freeze effect from the same panel as mentioned before to stop the effect.

How To Freeze Google Meet Screen Without “Visual Effects”?

If due to mixed reviews or for some other reason, you don’t want to install the extension above, you can try using an alternative. There’s an extension called the “Mercator Studio for Google Meet” that does the same job but has more favorable community feedback, especially on Firefox.

  1. Download and install “Mercator Studio for Google Meet
  2. While logged in to Google, create a new Meet conference or join an existing one.
  3. Tap on the Mercator Studio layout near the bottom-left corner.
mercator studio button

3. Go to the right position for the frozen frame, then scroll down and check “freeze.” At the bottom-left, you can keep an eye on your frozen frame (the one others in the Meet can see) and your real-time video (only visible to you).

mercator studio freeze screen

To undo the freeze effect, uncheck the “freeze” option from the same layout mentioned before.

That’s how you can use this Google Meet hack to freeze your screen without letting anyone find out. You may use this trick to take a break from a long presentation or back-to-back online classes while your frozen frame fills in for you. Another cool use would be making your friends play a stare-off game with your invincible frozen frame.

However, I still suggest using this trick responsibly, in a way that doesn’t hamper productivity. Remember, with a great Google Meet trick comes great responsibility. Share your experience of using this hack in the comments below.

Priye Rai

Priye Rai

Priye is a tech writer at Fossbytes, who writes about gaming and anything remotely related to tech, including smartphones, apps, OTT, etc. He prefers to be called a "video game journalist" and grimaces when he doesn't get to be "Player 1." If you want to talk about games or send any feedback, drop him a mail at [email protected]