1. When will I switch to Meet?

Use this article if you currently use classic Hangouts video calls and want to know when your organization will be switched to Hangouts Meet or how you can do so yourself.

Ignore this article if you are already using Hangouts Meet. See whether Meet is turned on for your organization.

The move from classic Hangouts to Meet is happening in the following phases.

Phase 1: Automatic activation (with opt-out)

Currently, Meet video meetings are being automatically enabled for all G Suite domains for domains who are automatically upgrading on Google’s recommended schedule

This change means that:

  • All new Calendar events will include a link to a Meet video meeting.
  • Existing events stay unchanged and keep using classic Hangouts.
  • All Google meeting room hardware also uses Meet.
  • Users can still join classic Hangouts video calls, even if Meet is enabled.

See Turn Meet on or off for more information about the Admin console settings.

Continue using classic Hangouts

During this phase, G Suite administrators can opt out and keep using only classic Hangouts video calls. For example, if people in your organization rely on some of the classic features not yet available in Meet, you can turn off Meet for a specific organizational unit.  

  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, uncheck Let users create video meetings with Meet, and switch all Chrome devices for meetings to use Meet.
  6. Click Save.

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

During the second half of 2018, Meet will have parity with the existing classic Hangouts experience such as support for IE® and Safari® browsers. At this point, 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. 

This means that all new Calendar events include a Meet video meeting link. All Chrome devices for meetings will also use Meet.

Users can still join previously scheduled classic Hangouts video calls. 

Phase 3: Classic Hangouts video calling deactivation 

At least four weeks  following the Meet activation for all users (no opt-out) phase, classic Hangouts will be turned off for all domains. All links to Hangouts classic video calls will display a message indicating the video call link is no longer valid. All new and existing events will use Meet.  This will not impact direct calling from chat and only impacts video calls scheduled in Calendar.

Turn off classic Hangouts video calls early 

Later this year, G Suite admins will be able to off all classic Hangouts video calls early. At this time, classic Hangouts links will be replaced with Meet video meeting links for all future Calendar events. 

Calendar events that already have links to Meet video meetings do not change. Users who try to join a classic Hangouts video call see instructions to join with the Meet link instead.

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