Over the last few years, and especially the last few months, we’ve witnessed how real-life experiences are swiftly getting digitized. From note-taking on tablets to professional meetings on Google Meet, important things in life are happening in front of a screen, now, more than ever.
While digitization was never expected to replicate the real deal, there was a time when the true measure of digital replication lay in how well it erased the obvious indication of the difference between virtual and real life.
But over the years as we’ve grown desensitized to the difference, those additional features that we’ve come to see in the application’s design play a very crucial role in elevating an experience that has become the norm. In the case of this article, we will be looking at the pin feature on Google Meet.
What does it mean to pin on Google meet?
Google Meet has the ability to accommodate hundred active, vocal participants in a single Meet room, which, while it sounds rather cool, can become a chaotic mess if there is no possible means to regulate and control the flow of the call.
The pin feature brings some control back to the participant by allowing them to select and literally pin whomever they want on the screen. All they need to do is click/tap (depending on the device that you’re using) on the pin icon for the participant they want on their screen and the pin feature will do its job.
The pinning feature is basically useful to bring visual focus on a single person over everyone else in the call.
What happens when you pin someone on Google Meet
The moment you pin someone on Google Meet, regardless of who is speaking and how your Meet tile design has been set, the person whom you’ve pinned will be the only one who’s video output you will be able to see. This rule applies even when you choose to pin yourself. You can choose to unpin the person anytime you want.
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How to pin on Google Meet
It’s very easy to pin someone on Google Meet. Let’s take a look at how this feature works both for the PC and Phone.
Go to the Google Meet web page and start a new meeting by clicking on the option.
Make sure that you select the Start an Instant Meeting option for this tutorial.
Once you’re in the meeting, click on the profile icon that you will see on the top right-hand side of the screen.
The section will expand to reveal all the people who are part of the current call.
Now, move the mouse over the profile picture of the person you want to pin to the screen. The pin icon will become visible along with the tile icon. Click on it.
Once you do, the pinned profile will be visible on your screen regardless of what is happening in the background.
Open the Meet app on your phone. Once you’re in the app, tap on the New meeting button.
Once you’re in the meeting, tap on the profile icon of the person you want to pin like so:
Tapping on the icon again will unpin the profile.
Can google meet see who you pin?
No, absolutely no one but you will be able to see who you pin. This feature is extremely private and each user has the choice of pinning whosoever they want in their Google meet.
Even the person you’ve pinned to your Google Meet will not be intimated about being pinned whether it’s in the form of a notification or gesture. This, of course, also applies to anyone who pins you to their profile. Just as the other party is not made aware, you won’t be either.
Can teachers see who you pin on google meet?
Unfortunately, there is no tangible solution to this problem as of yet. Of course, it’s understandable that teachers want more control over a Meet class, especially since you cannot see what each student is doing physically.
But the best way to tackle this situation is to establish a Meet etiquette that students can refer to and follow. Additionally, you can also ask parents to check-in once in a while since they’re probably going to be closest to the kids.
Can you pin multiple profiles at a time?
No, the pin feature can only be used on one person at a time. The moment you attempt to pin another user, the profile that was pinned initially will be unpinned and replaced by the new one. The whole point of the pin is to draw focus to the main speaker in the session and keep all distractions at bay despite the tempting urge to create one’s own group with multiple pins.
We hope you’ve found clarity on the pin feature in Google Meet. Do let us know in case of doubts and queries in the comments section. Take care and stay safe!