People can’t hear or see me in the meeting

If other participants are unable to hear you or they can not see your video, it may only be that you need to adjust a simple setting within your browser.

1. Unmute yourself

If people can’t hear you, check first to verify if you muted your headset or mobile device. Have you been muted through the system by the host or another participant? Click the microphone icon in the top menu of the online meeting room to unmute yourself. If you don’t see the unmute button, then you should see a green ‘call’ icon that will connect your audio. Finally, if you are not the host, check with the call organizer that they haven’t inadvertently muted everyone. With some settings, participants will not be unable to unmute themselves. The ‘Unmute all’ button will fix that quickly!

2. Check the Online Meeting Room Settings

The next thing to do while in the Online Meeting Room, is to click on the settings cog in the menu on the right-hand side of the screen. This will open up a window where you can check your microphone, speakers and webcam settings. It may be that you need to choose a different device, in which case, just select the microphone/speaker/webcam you want to use from the relevant drop-down menu. Then be sure to click ‘save’, hang up and reconnect back to the meeting room.


3. Call Diagnostic Test

If changing the settings doesn’t resolve the problem, then it is a good idea to run the ‘Connection Test‘. The link to this test can be found via ‘Settings’ within the Online Meeting Room and also via the Menu in your account dashboard. Just visit the link in your Google Chrome browser and follow the instructions. Depending on what the issue is, you may need to reach out to our customer support team for assistance.


4. Check Browser Permissions

It is also a good idea to check your browser permissions, as you may have inadvertently denied access to your microphone/webcam. Just click on the small lock symbol at the top left of your Chrome browser’s address bar field while in the online meeting room – as shown in the image below. If your webcam and microphone are blocked, then you will see this under ‘Permissions’.

To unblock your webcam and microphone, click on the small arrow to the right of ‘Camera’ and ‘Microphone’ and select ‘Allowed’.


5. Verify Connections

It may seem obvious, but it can still happen to the most tech-savvy person. Be sure to check that all cables are properly connected. Sometimes unplugging and plugging them back in again can do the trick

6. Check you computer’s audio/video settings

It can also be that the audio/video settings on your computer need to be adjusted. We have noticed that sometimes on Windows computers for example, the microphone becomes muted – possibly by another application. In this case, you will need to right click on the audio icon in your task bar and select ‘recording devices’. In the window that appears, select the microphone you are using and then click on ‘properties’. Then select the ‘Levels’ tab. If you see that the device is muted, then you will need to click on the speaker icon to unmute the device and your microphone should then work again as normal.


7. Check that your participants/viewers are properly connected

If your participants did not connect their audio when joining via internet, or have issues as listed in point 4 or 5, then the source of the problem may not be on your side. Especially if some don’t have issues and it is only one or two who can’t hear your audio or see your video. I would recommend sending this troubleshooting link to help resolve the issue.


How does the Whiteboard Feature work?

The Whiteboard feature allows your team to Brainstorm and collaborate on design ideas, draw diagrams on the fly so people can see what you are thinking and annotate documents, all within your Online Meeting Room in real time.

ALL our paid plans now come with the new Whiteboard feature included.

FreeConference Whiteboard ToolbarWhile in the online meeting room, to open the blank whiteboard to share your ideas, just click on the ‘DRAW’ icon in the top menu. This will open up a blank space for all participants view and interact with. Everyone will be able to see any changes made as they happen. You can also use this feature on with an uploaded document or file, as well as with your screen sharing session.

FreeConference Whiteboard

To save your whiteboard images at any time, just click on the disk symbol in the toolbar and a png file will appear in the chat for you or any of your conference participants to download and use as required. You will also be able to find any saved whiteboard screenshots within your account via the ‘Past’ calls section, in the ‘documents’ tab.

For more detailed instructions on how to use this feature, please visit our support site.

To find out more about the other great features included with our premium subscriptions and how you can sign up for a paid plan to have this feature active on your account, just visit our pricing page or the Upgrade section of your account.