Turn Meet on or off

New G Suite signups come with Hangouts Meet already turned on. However, if your organization uses classic Hangouts, you can start switching over to Meet by setting it as the default for upcoming video meetings. 

If you do this, any new Google Calendar event will include a link to a Meet video meeting. One-time Calendar events with links to classic Hangouts video calls won’t change. 

Note: Even if your organization does not turn on Meet, users can still join Meet video meetings created by users in other organizations. 

Steps to start using Meet

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenG Suiteand thenGoogle Hangouts.
  3. Click Meet settings.
  4. Select the desired organizational unit.  
    (Otherwise, your settings apply to your entire organization.)

  5. Next to New meeting experience, check Let users create video meetings with Meet, and switch all Chrome devices for meetings to use Meet.
  6. (Optional) If Meet is turned on, you can select additional options:
    1. Dial-in—Events and invitations include a phone number for guests to join meetings by phone. Learn more
    2. Client logs upload—Users’ web browser and mobile app log information is sent to Google. This includes users’ email addresses and other information. Google uses it to help troubleshoot support requests from your organization.  Learn more
    3. Recording—Let people record their meetings. Recordings save to the meeting owner’s Google Drive. Learn more

  7. Click Save.

Users can also add a Meet link to a Google Calendar event by inviting guests or clicking Add conferencing and then Hangouts Meet

Changes typically take effect in minutes, but can take up to 24 hours. For details, see Admin console settings don't update.  

After turning on Meet

Once you turn on Meet, you can’t switch to classic Hangouts with a Chrome device for meetings. New Chrome devices for meetings in your organization will use Meet for videoconferences. 

Also, you won’t find a separate setting to turn off classic Hangouts chat in video calls. This one covers it. 

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