Join a video meeting

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With Meet, you can have video meetings with team members anywhere in the world, at any time–all from a computer or mobile device.

Note: If you would like to create a new meeting instead of joining one already in progress, visit Start a video meeting.

Who can join video meetings?

  • People added to the Calendar event
  • People in the same organization as the meeting organizer
  • People who don't have a Google Account (an existing participant might need to approve)
  • People who join from another organization (an existing participant might need to approve)

Note: A chime sounds when the first 5 people join the meeting.  Additional participants do not chime when joining and are automatically muted.

Join a meeting

Join from a Calendar event

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See your scheduled meetings in Calendar and quickly join a video meeting.

  1. In Calendar, click the event you want to join.
  2. Click Join Hangouts Meet and in the window that opens, click Join Now
Join Hangouts Meet
If your G Suite administrator allows it, you can also join from a Microsoft® Outlook® calendar event. For details, see Set up interoperability.

Join from Meet

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In Meet, you can select a scheduled event or you can enter a meeting code or nickname. 

Select a scheduled event:

  1. In a web browser, enter
  2. Select the meeting from your list of scheduled events.
  3. Click Join now.
Join Meet from web
Note: Participants who join after the 5th do not chime and are automatically muted.

Enter a meeting code or nickname:

  1. In a web browser, enter
  2. Click Join or start a meeting.
  3. Enter a meeting code or nickname.
    • The meeting code is the string of letters at the end of the meeting link. You don't have to enter the hyphens.
    • You can pick any nickname and share it with other people in your organization as a fast way to all join the same meeting.
    • If your organization has purchased and installed a Meet hardware device, you can also type the meeting code or nickname into that device.

    • Leave the field blank to start a new meeting with a new code. 

  4. Click Continue and then Join now.
Join from the web using a code

Join with a meeting link URL

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Sometimes there isn’t enough time to schedule a meeting and book a room. With Hangouts Meet, you can join an impromptu video meeting by clicking the meeting link URL sent to you in a text or email.

  1. Click the meeting link sent to you in a chat message or email.
  2. Follow the onscreen prompts to join the meeting.

An existing participant might need to approve you if you try to join another organization’s meeting or don't have a Google Account.

Join from an email
Join by phone


Join from a Google meeting room

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Select a meeting from the list of scheduled events using your Google meeting room hardware remote.

You can also enter the meeting code or nickname.

Join from a third-party system

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If your organization allows it, you can join a video meeting from a third-party conferencing system.

Note: To join video meetings from third-party video conferencing systems, your G Suite administrator needs to have interoperability turned on.

  1. In Calendar, open the event.
  2. Select More joining options.
  3. Select Third-party systems.
  4. Follow the instructions to join from your system.
More joining options from the web

What you can’t do

If you join from a third-party system, you can’t use Meet to control functions, such your camera or microphone. Instead, use the third-party controls.

For example, you can’t take the following actions from your third-party system:

  • See or write in-meeting chat.
  • Start or stop Meet recordings.
  • Admit or block other participants.
  • Mute or unmute other participants.

Other Meet participants cannot mute your room.

Join without a Google Account

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You don't need a Google Account to participate in Hangouts Meet video meetings. However, if you don’t have a Google Account, the meeting organizer or someone from the organization must grant you access to the meeting.

Note: If you are not signed into a Google or Gmail account, you cannot join using your mobile device.

Join using a meeting link

  1. Open the chat message or email with the meeting link > click the meeting link.
  2. Click Ask to join.
  3. When someone in the meeting gives you access, you’ll join it.

Join from Meet

  1. Go to
  2. Click Use a meeting code.
  3. Enter the code and click Continue.
  4. Click Ask to join.
  5. When someone in the meeting gives you access, you’ll join it.

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