Step-by-step guide to co-watch YouTube videos in Google Meet

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Live sharing is now possible thanks to Google Meet. Users can co-cast videos during the meeting through this feature. There are some prerequisites before you start co-watching YouTube videos in Google Meet. You would need an Android device, a personal Google account and Google Meet.

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A premium subscription is required to start a live session on YouTube. However, meeting participants can co-watch the video without having one. The Live Sharing feature was introduced in Duo earlier this year. And now that Duo and Meet have merged, this feature is also available in Google Meet.

Steps to co-watch YouTube videos in Google Meet:

Step 1: After joining a meeting, tap the screen to show call controls.

Step 2: Find the three-dot menu that appears at the bottom and then click on it. After that, select “Activities”.

Step 3: Tap the YouTube button visible under Activities.

Step 4: Find the video you want to share live. It should be noted that some YouTube videos, including all paid content and children’s content, cannot be played during live sharing.

Step 5: Click on the video you want to co-watch.

Step 6: Tap the Start button on the pop-up menu that asks to start a live sharing session.

A green bar with the text “You are live sharing in Meet” will be visible at the bottom of your screen once live sharing has started. This implies that everyone who attends your meeting is now watching the YouTube video. When the video starts playing, all meeting participants can pause, rewind, and forward the clip for all participants.

Remember that when watching a video in the YouTube app, you may miss notifications or meeting messages. Therefore, it is advisable to regularly check the Meet app for any notifications that might have been missed.

In a recent development, Google has come up with an automatic transcription feature for Google Meet. This feature will automatically record and transcribe a chat. This ensures that users do not miss any important information that was given during the session.

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