Turn on Meet video calling

Beginning June 15, 2020, Google Meet has separate settings in the Google Admin console that allow you to enable or disable Meet independently of classic Hangouts Chat. 

This means that Google Meet is automatically enabled for your organization starting on June 15 and everyone in your organization can create and join Meet video meetings, unless you turned off the Google Meet service.

A video conference link is automatically added to all new Google Calendar events for users that can create video calls.  G Suite admins can disable automatic video conference links for all new Calendar events, or users can adjust the video conferencing preferences for their account.

Note: See also Turn off video calling for the impact of disabling Meet.

Turn on video meetings

When the Google Meet service is on, users will be able to create and join video meetings in your organization.

Note: You can still use other video conferencing services when Meet is turned on.  

  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 Meet.
  3.  Next to Service status, click the Down arrow .
  4. To turn on or off a service for everyone in your organization, click On for everyone or Off for everyone, and then click Save.

  5. To turn on or off a service only for users in an organizational unit:

    1. At the left, select the organizational unit.
    2. Select On or Off.
    3. To keep the service turned on or off even when the service is turned on or off for the parent organizational unit, click Override.
    4. If the organization's status is already Overridden, choose an option:
      • Inherit—Reverts to the same setting as its parent.
      • Save—Saves your new setting (even if the parent setting changes).

    Learn more about organizational structure.

  6. To turn on a service for a set of users across or within organizational units, select an access group. For details, go to turn on a service for a group.

Changes typically take effect in minutes, but can take up to 24 hours. For details, go to How changes propagate to Google services.

(Optional) Turn advanced Meet features on or off

You might want to manage video meeting features, such as joining a meeting by phone and recording and streaming meetings. If so, go to Manage Meet video meeting settings.

(Optional) Grant access to manage Meet settings

Make someone else in your G Suite account an administrator to help you perform Meet management tasks in your Google Admin console. This way, if you’re busy or on vacation, someone else can help with tasks. 

For example, you can create and assign a custom admin role that includes Google Meet, and assign the role to a user.

You need to be a super administrator to give a user access to the Meet admin settings. You create a custom admin role with the Manage Meet Settings privilege and then assign that role to the user.

Tip: You can also grant access to Organizational Units or Groups so the admin can help limit access to advanced Meet features, such as recording. 

Create a custom Meet Admin role

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using an account with super administrator privileges (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Admin roles.
  3. Click Create new role.
  4. Enter a role name and description and click Continue.
  5. Under Admin console privileges, go to Google Meet and check the Manage Meet Settings box.
  6. Click Continue, review your changes and then click Create Role.
  7. Click Assign role.
  8. Search for and select the users that should have admin privileges. If you can't find the user in the list, see Find a user account.
  9. Click Assign Role.

Assign an existing custom role to a user

  1. From the Admin console Home page, click Users.
  2. Click the user’s name to open their account page. If you can't find the user in the list, see Find a user account.
  3. Click Admin roles and privileges  and then Assign roles.
  4. Next to the role name that includes the Manage Meet Settings privilege, click Turn on Turn on.
  5. Click Save.

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