Google Meet rolls out auto-brightness feature to improve video-call visibility 

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Google Meet, the popular video communication tool is introducing a new feature that automatically detects when a user is underexposed and adjusts the brightness to increase their visibility during video calls on the web.

The new feature has no admin control, and that the users will be able to turn it off. According to Google, allowing light adjustment may cause the user’s device to slow down.

The tech giant also announced that this setting is only available on desktop and iOS devices when using Google Meet for Web. Users can check for the auto-brightness adjustment update by heading to More > Settings > Video > Adjust video lighting from your computer. 

If the brightness feature is disabled, Meet will notify the user to turn on the automated video lighting adjustment option if the user is underexposed and the machine supports automatic recommendations.

According to the company, the automatic video lighting adjustment feature is available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers.

The new feature started rolling out on September 20 and will be available to all users over the next few weeks. However, the automatic video lighting adjustment feature requires a 64-bit operating system. It demands Chrome version M90 or above on Windows, Mac, or Linux; version M90 or above on Chrome OS; and Edge (Chromium) 90 or above on Windows or Mac with hardware acceleration enabled and WebGL.

Using its Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, Google Meet added a low-light option to its iOS and Android mobile apps last year. In low-light situations, the AI automatically adjusts the video to make users more visible to other participants. Similarly, Meet has added an AI noise cancellation feature to filter out background disturbances during a video meeting to limit disruptions.

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