How to use Google Meet inside Gmail

Claudiu Andone
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  • All you need to do is click on Start a meeting or Join a meeting buttons. To invite others, you need to click on the Join now button.
  • If you want to join an already created meeting, just click on the link provided by the host.
  • Most likely you used a video conferencing app or tool at least once in the last 2 months if not every day. Check our Web Conferencing Tools section to find more options.
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With the pandemy making people flocking to Zoom for video communication, Google has decided it’s time to make Google Meet a star alternative.

How? Getting it back from G Suite and putting it where at least it makes much sense, into Gmail.

That means that now it’s free and Google sais that it allows meetings of up to 100 people with no time limits.

Google made Meets super easy to use and safer than Zoom apparently.

How can I use Google Meet inside Gmail?

All you need to do is click on Start a meeting or Join a meeting buttons. If you choose the first option, you will start a video session right away but you will only see your face on the screen.

Google added Google Meet in Gmail
To invite others, you need to click on the Join now button. You will see a dialogue with a link needed for others to join.

Just copy and paste that into a message or e-mail to the ones you want to invite. However, to join a Meet, you will need to log into your Google account, a thing that makes things a lot safer, of course.

Google Meet invite link

If you want to join an already created meeting, just click on the link provided by the host. But you can also join if you click on the  Join a Meeting button from your Gmail.

If you do the latter, you will be asked for the meeting code from the organizer exactly like in Zoom.

Just paste that from the message you received and you will be added to the meeting automatically.

meeting code
As for the features, as a host, you can present any document, screen, browser, or file exactly like in Zoom if you click on the Present now button in the lower right corner of the screen.

Google Meet layout and functions
If you click on the three vertical points from the lower right corner you will find, among others, the settings, and the option for changing the layout of the images from the participants.

There is also an interesting option, to use a phone for audio. However, an actual call is necessary so be careful about the rates of the countries you call to and from.

We’ve tried a few video calls and they are very stable but the video is limited to 720p resolution, a sign that Google wants to limit the bandwidth as much as possible and to maintain a stable connection.

That’s about it. Simple and easy to use. Use it and drop us a line in the comments about it or any other questions or suggestions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Google Meet is a video conferencing app. It used to be the business-oriented version of Google’s Hangouts but recently, Google decided to offer it for free to everyone who has a Gmail account.

  • Yes, now, Google Meet is free if you have a Google account. That is all you need to have if you want to join or create a meeting for up to 100 people online.

  • Google sais that Google Meet can now support up to 100 participants but it is limited to a 720p resolution video communication.

  • You don’t need to install anything. All you need to do is to open your Gmail account and you will see the Google Meet options to start or join a meeting right in the list of options from the left.

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