Google Meet is Google's video conferencing service that allows up to 100 people to chat simultaneously (or up to 250 people on selected business plans). The best part about the service is that it is free to use and all video meetings are encrypted during the transfer to prevent anyone from sneaking in on your conversations. Follow this guide to learn exactly how to use Google Meet and get started with your friends, family and colleagues.
Start a Google Meet video meeting
When you start the Google Meet conference, you can follow these steps to get started. Note, you need a Google account or G Suite account to get started. If you're using a business G Suite account, your administrator must enable the service before you can use it. Currently, Google Meet supports the Chrome web browser, as well as Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Apple Safari. In addition, Google Meet can be used on iOS and Android devices.
Mac or PC
If you are using a Mac or Windows PC, you can follow these instructions to start a Google Meet video meeting. Make sure to use one of the compatible web browsers as mentioned above.
- Visit the Google Meet website.
- Click on Join or Start a meeting .
- Enter a meeting nickname when prompted (for G Suite users).
- Click the button Participate now .
To invite people to your Google Meet video meeting, click the meeting. Details button in the bottom left corner. Then copy the link and share it with everyone you want to join. You can also click the Add People button (displayed as a person with a plus sign) in the upper right corner, then select Invite and enter the person's email address. [1
If you are using a mobile device with Android or iOS, you can follow these instructions to start a Google Meet video meeting. Before you start, make sure to download the official Google Meet app from the Android Play Store or iOS AppStore.
- Open the app Meet .
- Tap the New Meeting button (shown as a plus sign).
- Enter a nickname for a meeting when prompted (for G Suite users).
- Tap Join Meeting .
To invite people to your Google Meet video meeting. tap the Info ( i ) button, then select the Share option. Choose how you want to share the meeting information with your friends, family or colleagues.
Join a Google Meet video meeting
There are quite a few different ways you can join a Google Meet video meeting. We'll check out the most popular options, including from Gmail, from Google Calendar, using a meeting link URL, and over a phone. Follow the steps below based on how you want to join a Google Meet video meeting.
- Visit the Gmail website.
- Click on on the left side Join a meeting .  Enter the meeting code or nickname you received.
- Click on the button Participate .
From Google Calendar
- Open your Google calendar.
- Locate the event and click on it.
- Select the option Join with Google Meet .
- Click on Register now .
Via a meeting link (URL)
- Find the URL of the meeting link that was sent
- Click the Google Meet URL.
- If necessary, wait for approval to be admitted to the meeting.
From a Phone
- Find the phone number provided for your Google Meet.
- Dial the phone number on your phone.
- When prompted, enter the specified PIN and tap the # button.
Settings to change during a meeting ting
With Google, you can change certain settings during a Google Meet video call, such as the layout, captions and control of your microphone and camera. These are the most common actions.
Change meeting view
On a PC or Mac, click the More (three vertical dots) button, and then click Change Layout . Here you can choose from a collection of views – automatic, side by side, spotlight and sidebar.
On a PC, Mac, Android or iOS device, click the subtitle button [CC] to enable or disable English captions; this button may be hidden under the section More (three vertical dots).
Send a chat message
On a PC, Mac, Android or iOS device, click the Chat button (sometimes shown as a small speech bubble). Enter the message you want to send to the room and click the Send button (shown as a small paper airplane).
Present your screen
On a PC, Mac, Android or iOS device, click the button More (three vertical dots), then click the option Current screen and click Start broadcast to start. To stop presenting, return to Google Meet and click Stop broadcast .
Record a meeting
On a PC or Mac, click the More (three vertical dots) button, and then click Record Meeting . Repeat the steps to stop and click Stop recording . Keep in mind that attendees will be notified when someone starts recording the meeting. Moreover, the video recording will be saved on your Google Drive for later retrieval.
Stop your webcam or mute your microphone
On a PC, Mac, Android or iOS device, click the round microphone button to mute or mute your microphone. Likewise, click the round camera icon (shown as a box with a triangle on the right) to turn your webcam on or off.
Is zooming better than Google Meet?
Both Google Meet and Zoom are video conferencing solutions that offer similar functions. The biggest notable features are awards. Google Meet is completely free for up to 100 participants simultaneously for up to 60 minutes. For Zoom, a free option is also available, which can accommodate up to 100 participants at a time for up to 40 minutes. Times can be extended on both services, but require a monthly or annual subscription. In addition, Zoom has caused privacy issues in the past, which may make some feel more comfortable trusting their video moments to Google.