Google is making more moves into the video chatting space during the coronavirus pandemic, now providing its premium video conferencing service Google Meet free for consumers. This platform makes it easy to start a secure video meeting.
The Google Meet (previously called Google Hangouts Meet), which basically didn’t exist before the outbreak, except as a corporate video conferencing tool for companies using Google’s paid suite of software is now available for anyone with a computer and accessible from any modern web browser or you can download the app, and you’re ready to go.
What is Google Meet
Google Meet is a business-focused video conferencing tool developed by Google. Along with Google Chat, Now, anyone with a Google Account can create an online meeting with up to 100 participants and meet for up to 60 minutes per meeting.
Businesses, schools, and other organizations can take advantage of advanced features, including meetings with up to 250 internal or external participants and live streaming to up to 100,000 viewers within a domain. Although, it still doesn’t have as large a userbase as some of its competitors like Zoom, but, it is still growing and adding features
So how do you use Google Meet and what special features does it offer? Keep reading for a comprehensive primer.
How to use Google Meet
Google Meet is a very easy to use video conferencing tool. it is designed for simplicity and you can learn how to use Google Meet in less than an hour.
Google also has woven Meet connections into other apps, such as Gmail, Google Chat, and Google Classroom. These interconnections give people who use Google’s tools a wide range of options for collaboration. People may select whichever tool best helps them accomplish a task, then move from typed text to Google Meet when merited — with all the emotion that video can convey.
To sign up for the free version of Google Meet, go to the Google Meet page. Enter your name, email, country and primary use for Google Meet (personal, business, education or government). Agree to Google’s terms of service, and hit Submit.
For personal use
If you’re already using Gmail, Google Photos, YouTube, or another Google product, all you need to do is sign in to your existing Google Account. However, if you dont have an active Google account, you can Sign up for free to proceed.
For business use
If you’re already a G Suite user, you only need to sign in to your existing account to sign up for Meet, If not click this link to see plans and pricing to learn about options for business to sign up.
Once you sign up, here’s how to use the free version of Google Meet:
How To Use Google Meet Free Version.
Meet started rolling out its free version earlier this month. You’ll be able to use the video chat service on the web at meet.google.com and on mobile apps for iOS or Android. To access to free version;
- Go to meet.google.com (or, open the app on iOS or Android, or start a meeting from Google Calendar).
- Click Start new meeting, or enter your meeting code.
- Choose the Google account you want to use.
- Click Join Meeting. You’ll have the ability to add others to your meeting, too.
How to start a meeting on Google Meet
The first thing you need to learn about how to start a meeting is that you need a paid G Suite account in order to set up and start Google Meet video conferences, but anyone with a standard Google account and internet access can join and participate in a Google Meet session.
To set up and host a Google Meet session, you need to have a paid G Suite account, which costs $6 a month at its “basic” level. Although, anyone can join, but, the number of the participant a video conference is determined by the membership tier (fee), that is the more you pay, the more people you can have on a single Google Meet call.
- G Suite Basic, as noted, costs $6 a month per user. With this, you can meet with up to 25 people at once.
- G Suite Business costs $12 a month per user. With this, you can meet with up to 50 people at once.
- Lastly, G Suite Enterprise costs $25 a month per user. With this, you can meet with up to 100 people at once.
Here are all the ways to start a meeting from different devices:
- Browser: Navigate to https://meet.google.com/ and click New Meeting, then follow the steps to set one up.
- Gmail: Click Start a Meeting from the menu on the left. (Browser only)
- Smartphone: Download and open the Google Meet app, then click New Meeting.
When starting a meeting, you will automatically generate a link for other participants to join. All you need to do is send them the link and they can join right away. Links will also be sent to anyone who is invited to a meeting event that’s been scheduled in Google Calendar or Gmail.
How to Join a meeting on Google Meet
Joining a meeting is even easier than starting one. In each of the places listed above, there is an option to Join Meeting right next to the option to start one. On both the Meet mobile app and on a computer, simply pull up Google Meet and click or tap “Use a meeting code” (it may say “Enter a meeting code” on mobile) or just click the link sent over by the meeting host. Once your code is in, provided the session has started, you’ll enter the call and can begin talking with your team.
Is Google Meet Safe To Use?
According to Google’s support page for Meet, all meetings are encrypted by default in the web app for both the Android and iOS apps. If you or another person in your meeting decide to record the session, it’s stored in Google Drive and also encrypted. However, keep in mind that if you’re joining a meeting by dialing in on a phone, the audio goes through your telephone network provider and may not be encrypted.
Google also laid out a number of default privacy protections in place with Meet, including host controls (like the ability to admit or deny entry to a meeting, and mute or remove participants). Google says it uses anti-hijacking controls for both web and video meetings, as well as telephone dial-ins. These include the use of 10-character meeting codes, with 25 different possible characters, which makes it harder for bad actors to guess meeting ID codes.
In conclusion, Google Meet offers numerous free and paid features to makes your meeting enjoyable and stress-free.