1. When will I switch to Meet?

The move from classic Hangouts to Meet is happening in the following phases. Ignore this information if you are already using Hangouts Meet. See whether Meet is turned on for your organization.

Phase 1 (Complete): Automatic activation (with opt-out)

Meet is the video calling experience for G Suite domains upgrading to Meet on Google’s recommended schedule.

This phase is complete, which means:

  • New Calendar events include a link to a Meet video meeting.
  • Existing events remain unchanged.
  • Google meeting room hardware uses Meet.
  • Users can still join classic Hangouts video calls, even if Meet is enabled.

Switch back to classic Hangouts

G Suite administrators can switch back to classic Hangouts video calls by turning Meet off for a specific organizational unit.  

Phase 2: Meet on for all users (no opt-out)

In 2019, Meet will have parity with the existing classic Hangouts experience including support for Windows and Mac users who do not use Chrome or Firefox. After this, Meet will automatically be turned on for all organizational units and domains and you can no longer opt out. This phase will be communicated through the G Suite updates blog and will provide at least four weeks advance notice before Meet is turned on for all users. 

In this phase, all new Calendar events include a Meet video meeting link. All Chrome devices for meetings will also use Meet.

Phase 3: Classic Hangouts video calling deactivation 

At least four weeks following the completion of Phase 2, Meet will be activated for all users (no opt-out). This means: 

  • Classic Hangouts will be turned off for all domains. Links to Hangouts classic video calls will no longer be valid.
  • All new and existing events will use Meet.
  • All unscheduled meetings will use Meet instead of classic Hangouts. 
    • To start or join an impromptu meeting with other people in your organization, all participants must enter the same meeting name in the “Use a meeting code” field. 
  • You can still join classic Hangout video calls created by users outside of your organization.
  • These changes apply only to video meetings scheduled in Calendar. Direct calling from chat will not be impacted. 

To deactivate classic Hangouts video calling early see the Migration FAQs. When classic Hangouts is deactivated,  your organization will use Meet for all video meetings. 

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