Google Meet is a cloud-based service for audio and video meetings. It’s integrated with Google Hangouts, which means you can start a meeting from Gmail, Calendar, or even Android Contacts.
With Google Meet you get:
- High-quality HD video conferencing
- Screen sharing
- Easy setup and controls
- An option to add Hangout participants directly from your device’s contacts
- Ability to dial into a meeting via phone
- A simple interface that looks the same whether you’re on a computer or a mobile device
How much does Google Meet cost?
Google Meet is free for G Suite Basic customers, including the ability to host HD video meetings with up to 15 participants.
What is it good for?
Conducting meetings with people who are spread out all over the world or in different locations within your organization. You need to be able to reliably connect with coworkers, customers, and/or clients on the other end.
Am I eligible?
Google Meet can be used by anyone internally at your company. It is also available for external participants outside of your company that you invite using their email address or phone number.
When should I use this?
Use Google Meet when you need high-quality video conferencing and screen sharing capabilities. If you’re looking for a way to conduct online seminars or webinars, this isn’t the right tool – check out Google Hangouts instead.
How do I get started?
Sign up using an existing Google account or create a G Suite account to provision a team for your organization. No hardware or software installation is required, just log in and start the meeting!
Who’s it for?
This is really aimed at anyone who wants to conduct meetings with remote participants – including customers – but not limited to that audience.
What else should I know?
If you’re hosting the meeting, make sure you’ve got enough bandwidth (at least 1Mbps upload) and screen space (at least 1024x768px).
How do I get Google Meet for my organization?
Add Google Meet to your G Suite subscription. If you have access to G Suite Basic, you are eligible for this service at no charge beyond the cost of your underlying G Suite license.
If you’re not familiar with G Suite, it’s the best way to practice collaborative working online – whether you’re an individual, part of a small business or startup, or an enterprise company. You get tools like Gmail, Google Drive for storing files, Hangouts Chat for team messaging, Calendar for planning events, and more – all of which you can access using a browser or one of the mobile apps.
If I have G Suite Basic, do I need another license for my users to use Google Meet?
The simple answer is no. The ability to participate in an audio or video meeting is available at no additional charge for active G Suite Basic users.
What devices can I use to participate in meetings?
You can participate on a computer or mobile device with a browser, tablet, or smartphone using the Google Chrome web browser (version 40+), Mozilla Firefox (version 44+), Apple Safari (version 9+ on Mac OSX, version 10+ on iOS and version 11+ on Windows or mobile devices ), or Google Chrome for Android (Android 4.0 and above).
Please note that you can only connect with other people who are using a browser or one of the supported mobile apps unless they dial into your meeting by phone.