How do I turn on noise reduction in Google Meet?
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(Pocket-lint) – Google has a history of making small but impressive changes to its software. This reputation was confirmed for Google Meet, after the launch of what it calls its “denoiser”, which reduces noise during your calls.
Similar features are already available through extensions for one of its main competitors, Zoom, while Microsoft has also said it will bring noise cancellation to Microsoft Teams, making it something of an arms race.
Google has managed to cross the line though, and users who have G Suite Enterprise and G Suite Enterprise for Education accounts should now see the option.
How to Enable Noise Cancellation for Google Meet
The setting is easy to activate once it’s available – just follow these simple steps:
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- On the web, tap the three dots at the bottom of a meeting, and go to audio settings, where you’ll see the toggle button to toggle the setting on or off.
- On your mobile, in a meeting, tap the three dots at the top right of your screen, and select the option to enable or disable noise cancellation.
When enabled, the feature works much like other noise canceling apps we’ve used and seen: if you speak while making a noise that’s obviously not a voice, or if a dog barks in background, or whatever, the software eliminates that sound.
In all honesty, it can sometimes give you a bit of a clipped and distant sound, but it’s absolutely preferable to the background noise it gets rid of in the vast majority of cases.
Interestingly, Google enables this setting by default when rolling out the feature, although it’s easy enough to disable it if desired. It remains to be seen if and when this feature will be extended to all Meet users, not just paid users.
Written by Max Freeman-Mills.