How to enable screen sharing for Google Meet in Chrome on a Mac

Sharing not working while you attempt to current from Google Meet in Chrome on macOS? There’s a simple repair, and Andy Wolber will present you the way.

Two apps: (left) macOS Security & Privacy Screen Recording setting enabled for Chrome, (right) Google Meet session with Present screen/window/tab options displayed. Line from the settings to the Present button, to indicate that the setting enables the Present feature.

On macOS, allow the display recording setting for Google Chrome after which you can current your display from Google Meet.

Picture: Andy Wolber/TechRepublic

I used to be in a Google Meet session with shoppers. “OK, go forward and current your display,” I mentioned. I waited. Nothing. No display sharing occurred. They noticed a immediate (Determine A) to alter permissions, however weren’t positive what to do. So we moved on to different points with out display sharing.

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Every week or so later, it occurred once more. I used to be in one other Google Meet session with totally different folks and so they, too, struggled to current.

In each instances, the one who needed to current from Google Meet on a Mac wanted to alter a single macOS safety setting. Nonetheless, the setting wasn’t straightforward for the particular person to search out and alter rapidly, particularly in the midst of a gathering.

Determine A

Screenshot with "Google Chrome would like to record this computer's screen .Grant access to this application in Security & Privacy preferences, located in System Preferences" with "Open System Preferences" or "Deny" buttons.

You could be prevented from presenting by a immediate to regulate preferences the primary time you attempt to share your display, a window or a tab from Google Meet.

So, for those who ever plan to current or share your display whereas in Google Meet in Chrome on a Mac, comply with the steps beneath. For these steps to work, be sure you:

  • Have Chrome put in in your macOS system,
  • Are signed in to Meet together with your Google account in Chrome, and
  • Know your macOS administrator password.

The adjustments beneath be certain that Google Meet has the macOS safety permissions essential to permit you to current your display.

(Be aware: If you happen to neglect your macOS administrator password, you might reset it just a few alternative ways. Attempt to reset the password from Restoration Mode first. Alternatively, in some instances you may strive different strategies, comparable to resetting it together with your Apple ID.)

Methods to allow display recording permission for Chrome on macOS

    1. Choose the Apple menu (within the higher left nook of the display).
    2. Select System preferences (Determine B).
    3. Choose Safety & Privateness (Determine C).

Determine B

Screenshot, with arrows pointing to the Apple Menu (upper left) and System Preferences menu item.

Choose the Apple Menu, then System Preferences.

Determine C

Screenshot, with the Security & Privacy icon circled.

Choose Safety & Privateness.

    1. You could have to unlock earlier than you modify settings. Choose the lock (Determine D, within the decrease left nook), then a message and a immediate will show. Check in, both with TouchID or together with your system administrator account title and password.

Determine D

Screenshot of the Security & Privacy screen, with an arrow pointing to the Lock icon in the lower left.

Choose the lock to permit adjustments, then authenticate (both with Contact ID or with an admin account and password).

    1. Ensure that the Privateness button is chosen (from the tab throughout the highest of the choices), then scroll down and choose Display screen Recording (from the left menu).
    2. Within the field to the suitable, scroll till Chrome is displayed, then choose the field to permit display sharing (Determine E).

Determine E

Screenshot, with arrows pointing to Screen Recording (left-side menu) and also to Google Chrome in the list of apps to the right.

Scroll right down to Display screen Recording, choose it, then verify the field subsequent to Google Chrome (to the suitable).

    1. If Chrome is open, you might be notified that the setting will likely be utilized solely after Chrome quits (Determine F). Select both Later or Give up & Reopen. I like to recommend Give up & Reopen.

Determine F

Screenshot message

If Google Chrome is energetic, you may have to stop after which restart it earlier than you current. (Once you restart Chrome, you may have to re-join your Google Meet session, as effectively, for those who have been in the midst of a gathering while you made this alteration.)

  1. Choose the lock (within the decrease left nook) to safe your settings.

After you’ve got made the above adjustments, you might current from Google Meet in Chrome in your Mac. Whereas in a gathering, choose the Current Now icon (shows like a field with an arrow pointing up in it) on the backside of your display, then select one among three choices: Your Total Display screen, A Window, or A Tab.

SEE: 9 ideas for audio conferencing with Google Meet (TechRepublic)

Methods to allow digicam and microphone permissions for Chrome on macOS

Moreover, Chrome wants entry to digicam and microphone permissions to share video and audio with Google Meet. Typically, you may have already allowed this entry while you began a Google Meet session. If you happen to ever need to verify the settings or change them, the method is much like the steps lined above.

To allow Chrome digicam permissions: Apple menu | System Preferences | Safety & Privateness | scroll to Digicam | unlock if wanted (as above) | Examine the field subsequent to Chrome (Determine G).

Determine G

Screenshot of Security & Privacy setting, with an arrow pointing to Camera (left menu) and Google Chrome (in a list of apps to the right).

You could verify that Chrome has permission to entry the Digicam, as effectively.

To permit Chrome microphone permissions: Apple menu | System Preferences | Safety & Privateness | scroll to Microphone | unlock if wanted (as above) | Examine the field subsequent to Chrome (Determine H).

Determine H

Screenshot of Security & Privacy setting, with an arrow pointing to Microphone (left menu) and Google Chrome (in a list of apps to the right).

Permit Google Chrome to entry the Microphone.

What’s your expertise?

If you happen to use a Mac—or use Google Meet with individuals who use macOS—have you ever seen folks encounter issues once they try and current? How do you assist folks previous the above one-time adjustments to display recording, digicam or microphone safety settings? What different strategies have you ever used to share your Mac’s show throughout an internet assembly? If you happen to use Google Meet on macOS, let me know what your expertise has been, both within the feedback beneath or on Twitter (@awolber).

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