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Start or schedule a Google Meet video meeting

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Start a video meeting from Meet

  1. Go to Google Meet.
  2. Click New Meeting.
  3. Select an option:
    • Create a meeting for later:
      • To share the meeting details for a future meeting, copy the meeting link and share with participants.
      • To directly start the meeting with this link, paste the link into a browser; or enter the link into the “Enter a code or link” field and then click Join.
    • Start an instant meeting: Create a new meeting and join the meeting directly. 
    • Schedule in Google Calendar: To schedule a meeting, you’re directed to Google Calendar.

Tip: Google Workspace Essentials users can't schedule a meeting in Google Calendar.

Start a video meeting from Gmail

Important: To start a video meeting from Gmail, you must turn on Meet in Gmail.

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. In the Meet section, click New meeting.
  3. To send the meeting invite via link or email, click Send invite
    • To copy the meeting invite details, click Copy meeting invite.
    • To send an email invite, click Share via email.
  4. When you’re ready to join the meeting, click Join now.
  5. Before you join your first meeting, make sure to allow permissions for your Microphone and Camera. Once you grant permission: 
    • To turn your microphone on or off, click Microphone Microphone.
    • To turn your camera on or off, click Camera Video call.
  6. To join the call, click Join now.
  7. To end the call, click Leave call Call end icon.

Schedule a video meeting from Google Calendar


When you create an event on Google Calendar, you can add a video meeting link.

  • Google Workspace users: You can also add a dial-in number to the Calendar event. 
  • Google Workspace Essentials users: You can't schedule a meeting in Google Calendar.

Important: Guests can forward the meeting link to other people. If an uninvited person tries to join , a meeting participant from your organization must accept their request. For meetings organized by a personal Google Account, only the meeting creator can admit these participants.


  1. In Calendar, create an event.
  2. Click Add guests.
  3. Enter the names or email of the people you want to invite.
  4. Click Save.
  5. To notify guests, click Send.

Schedule a video meeting in another scheduling system

  1. Start a video meeting from Gmail or Meet.
  2. Copy the meeting details to an event created in your scheduling system.
Tip: To make sure you don't join a meeting with an expired code and to better plan for the future meetings you create, check when meeting codes expire. Learn about Google Meet meeting codes.

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