New Google Meet feature prevents distractions and can reduce data usage
Google Meet users on the desktop and mobile can shutdown distracting video feeds
If you’re joining a Google Meet meeting via a mobile device, by selecting “Audio only” all video feeds will be turned off except for those presenting content. On the desktop, you can select whose video feeds you want to turn off by following the following directions: In a Google Meet conference (again, on the desktop), open the People panel. Tap the three-dot menu next to a particular participant, and select “Don’t watch.” To turn the video back on, from the three-dot menu and select “Start Watching.”
The new feature started rolling out yesterday and it is expected to take 15 days to complete.