Google Meet is a video conferencing service from Google. It is a great solution for both individuals and businesses to meet for voice and video calls. It was born from Google Hangouts, but it has some unique features.
This article looks at the Google Meet event, which explains what Google Meet is and how it came about Google Hangouts. We’ll also explore the best features of Google Meet and explain how to create or join a Google Meet.
What is Google Meet?
Google Meet is a video conferencing service from Google. It was originally only available to business customers, however everyone can now use Google Meet for free
Anyone can now use Google Meet for free
Google Meet is designed primarily as a way to host video meetings. However, you can turn on the camera and microphone independently, so you can only use it for voice calls if you want.
You can create occasional calls and invite your friends and family. They can join by entering your meeting code or you can send them a link they click on.
One of the best things about Google Meet is that you don’t have to install any programs on your desktop. All participants (organizer and participants) in the call only need to use the modern browser.
Google Meet vs. Google Hangouts vs. Google Chat
Google is known for several chat services that all seem to do the same. It changes the name of the services frequently or stops them, which leads to even more confusion.
Google Hangouts is a video and communications platform. Google Hangouts was split into Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, which were then converted back to Google Meet and Google Chat.
All three services – Google Hangouts, Google Meet and Google Chat – are separate and still exist. There’s also the Google Duo (guide to Duo and Allo
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). However, Google will stop Google Hangouts at some point, even if we don’t know the exact date.
If you want to set up a video meeting for multiple people, use Google Meet. If you want to chat with someone in person, either via video call or text, use Google Hangouts or Google Chat. See our list Google Hangouts tips
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You can find out more about the differences between chat applications Google FAQ page.
What are the best features of Google Meet?
With the free plan, Google Meet will support meetings of up to one hour, although they have been extended to 24 hours until September 30, 2020.
You can create and join as many meetings as you want, so nothing will stop you from having another meeting if you reach the hour limit.
Up to 100 participants can be in the same meeting. As a meeting organizer, you can mute other people, which you may want to do if your meetings reach the same size.
Google Meet does its best to filter out all background noise that is not speech. It also has a real-time caption that automatically subtitles people’s message – it’s pretty reliable and has excellent usability.
You can also share the screen with all parties to the call. This can be either a specific window or the entire desktop, and it also works on mobile devices.
Finally, Google claims that “video conferencing is encrypted during transmission” and that “our security measures are constantly updated for added security”. Business users get enterprise-class security, but for the average user, the privacy settings are great.
How much does Google pay for?
Google Meet is free for everyone to make and join calls. All you need is a Google Account (which you have if you use Gmail), but it’s also free.
However, some Google Meet features are only available through a paid G Suite subscription. This costs $ 10 / active user / month. G Suite is for business users and is Google’s suite of collaboration and productivity applications
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Some of the additional features that G Suite gives to Google Meet are:
- 300 hours meeting length
- 250 meeting participants
- US or international phone numbers
- Meeting recordings were saved to Google Drive
- 24/7 online support
More information can be found on the page Google Meet plans and pricing page.
How to start a Google Meet call
To start a Google Meet call on your desktop, go to Google Meet site. click on Start a new meeting. You will be prompted to sign in to your Google Account if you are not already signed in.
You will see the waiting area. Your browser will probably ask if you want to grant met.google.com access to your microphone and webcam, then Allow both. Use the preview area to prepare yourself, then click Join now start.
A window opens with a link to share with others so they can join the call. You can bring it up at any time by clicking Meeting details in the lower left corner.
To start a Google Meet call on your mobile phone or tablet, open the Google Meet app and tap New meeting. A pop-up window shows the details of the meeting request – tap Ice to send this directly to someone in another application.
How to join a Google Meet call
There are two ways to join a Google Meet call:
1. Use the Google Meet Invitation link
The first is to ask the meeting host to send you an invitation link. This is formulated as meet.google.com/xxx-xxxx-xxx. (The characters at the end of this URL are also the meeting code used in the second method below.)
Click the link on your desktop and you’ll automatically join the meeting. You’ll need to sign in to your Google Account if you haven’t already. However, if the host is using G Suite, this step is not required.
If you have Google Meet installed on your mobile phone or tablet, tap the link to launch the app and join the meeting.
2. Use the Google Meet code
Another way is to ask the meeting host to give you the meeting code. You can then type this to join the meeting.
Go to the desktop On the Google Meet site and enter the code Enter the meeting code then click Join.
Launch the Google Meet app on mobile and tablet devices, tap meeting code, enter it in the field, then tap Join the meeting.
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This is all you need to know about Google Meet and how to create and join video calls. If Google Meet doesn’t do it for you, check out our benchmark Zoom vs. Houseparty
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