Google Meet update breaks grid view extension support, but the issue is being looked into

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Google Meet is Google’s answer to the likes of Zoom and Microsoft Teams and is perhaps one of the most widely used video conferencing apps today. And while it may not be perfect, it is no slouch either.

Speaking of which, the app has been giving a really hard time to some of its users. This is apparent from some of the past issues that we have highlighted like mic problems, headphone issues, and more.

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If you are facing any of such bugs, then it is highly likely that we already have it under our radar. Hence, you would want to check out our Google Meet section for some common problems plaguing the web app along with their solutions, if any.

That said, there is now a new issue doing rounds.

Google Meet, by default, does not support a proper grid view while a presentation is going on. While the app does offer a built-in ’tiled view’, it shrinks down to just twelve participants during a presentation.

And there are many scenarios where there is always a presentation going on yet the presenter desires to keep an eye on all of the participants at the same. This especially happens in online teaching/classes.

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As a result, many have relied on browser extensions that enable a proper grid-view even during presentations. A good example of such a tool can be Google Meet Grid View.

However, some recent changes to Google Meet have broken third-party extension support causing widespread inconvenience for many.

What is everyone doing with Gridview (fix) not working any more? I can’t find a functional Gridview any more. Gridview (fix) was removed from the chrome store, and all the other ones are individually licensed. the original Gridview is still there, but has the vertical stacking problem.
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And the developer of the Google Meet Grid View extension has something to say about it all:

It turns out that Google is testing an update of Meet that disables the Grid View extension. This is why sometimes it works and sometimes not (you see the boxes in a vertical bar). If you seriously need Grid View right now, you might consider refreshing a few times the browser tab (you should end up loading the old compatible version at a certain point).
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As clear from above, some behind-the-scenes changes on Google Meet have broken third-party grid-view support. These changes are still only under testing though.

And hence, reloading Google Meet repeatedly may redirect you to the old version once again where everything is fine. This is the only workaround available as of now and isn’t really guaranteed to work.

Nevertheless, if you are one of the users going through this, then you will be pleased to know that Google is already investigating the issue as we speak.

Hopefully, if all goes well, these changes will get rolled back or adjusted in a way so that they don’t break third-party extension support.

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