Google Pixel 7 Pro showing an ongoing Google Meet call with screen sharing turned on

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Living thousands of miles away from family never gets easy, but video calling apps like WhatsApp and Google Meet have made the distance more tolerable for my parents and me. Another aspect they’ve simplified is remote troubleshooting.

Being the techie in the family, I often have to help them manage any unexpected disturbances on the TV, cable box, computer, phones, and more. At first, my parents’ instinct during troubleshooting video calls was to turn their phone’s screen towards the object they wanted me to fix, resulting in awkward angles and general confusion. It took a few tries to get them used to tapping the camera switch icon whenever they wanted help with specific items.