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Note: If you're an administrator who manages Google Meet for your organization, turn on live streaming before trying these steps. Learn how

If you have a supported edition of Google Workspace, you can add view-only live streaming to Google Meet events. Live streaming broadcasts Meet video conferences to people within your organization.

Who can view live stream video meetings

Only guests within your organization or guests in a trusted Workspace domain can view a live stream from your organization. Full participants within your organization can stop and start the stream during the meeting, and record the event. View-only guests and trusted Workspace domain users can't participate in the meeting or control streaming and recording, but they can attend the live stream as viewers. The maximum number of live-stream viewers depends on your account and Google Workspace edition.

Supported viewing browsers

Computer and mobile users can use the latest version of the following browsers to view live stream Meet meetings:

  • Chrome browser
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Opera
  • Apple Safari

What you can share through a live stream

  • Organization-wide view-only meetings with multiple presenters.
  • Remote training for employees and staff.
  • Virtual conferences and events.
  • On-demand training materials (recorded live streams).

Set up a live stream with Google Calendar

Part 1: Create a live stream event

  1. Open Google Calendar.
  2. ClickPlusCreateand thenEventand thenMore options.
  3. Add the event details, such as date, time, and description.
  4. Add the guests that can fully participate in the video meeting. 
    • All guests added to this event can be seen, heard, and present their screen.
    • People from other organizations and trusted domains can be added. Only people in your organization can record and control streaming.
  5. Next to Join with Google Meet, click the Down arrow""and thenAdd live stream.
  6. Click Add live stream again to confirm.
  7. Click Saveand thenSend.
    Note: Streaming does not automatically start. During the meeting, at the bottom right, click, click Live Streamingand thenStart streaming.

Part 2: Create an additional event for view-only guests

To invite specific people to the view-only live stream, create a view-only event. The event is added to their Calendar and includes the link for view-only guests.

People invited to the event are not seen or heard in the meeting, and can’t present, record, or control streaming.

Tip: If invited, view-only guests can join live streams even if their accounts don't support live streaming or their organizations have live streaming turned off.

  1. Open Google Calendar.
  2. Click the live stream event you created and thenEdit "".
  3. At the top, click More actionsand thenCreate view-only event.
  4. Add guests or rooms for view-only access, and other details such as a description.
  5. Click Save and thenSend.

Remove a live stream from a Google Calendar Event

  1. Open Google Calendar.
  2. Click the live stream event and then Edit Edit.
  3. Next to Join with Google Meet, click the Down arrow ""and then Remove live stream.
  4. Click Save.

Tip: The meeting link changes when you add or remove live streaming. Be sure to share the updated link with your guests.

Start and stop a live stream

If allowed by an administrator, any participant in the same organization as the meeting organizer can start or stop the live stream. Live streams automatically stop after 8 hours since live streams have an 8 hour time limit. 

Can start or stop a live stream View only, can’t control live stream
Meeting organizer  
You’re in the same organization as live steam organizer Guests who join view-only
You’re allowed in live stream by an administrator  
You’ve joined as a full participant  

 

  1. Open Google Calendar and join the video meeting.
  2. Select More ""and then Start streaming.
  3. Confirm that you want to start streaming. When streaming is on, at the top left, “Live” is indicated. View-only guests can now watch the meeting using the stream URL.
  4. Select More ""and then Stop streaming.
  5. Confirm that you want to stop streaming.

Record a live-stream event

Full participants from the same organization as the meeting organizer can record the live stream so people can watch the event after the meeting ends. Live-stream events are not automatically recorded, so you must manually start and stop recording. Learn how to Record a video meeting.

Guests who join view-only cannot control recording.

Watch a live-stream event

Tip: People using the live-stream link cannot interact with the meeting participants or others in the live stream.

To watch a live-stream event, guests can:

  • Click the live-stream link in the Calendar event or an email.
  • Watch from a meeting room that is added to the event and set up with Chromebox or Chromebase for meetings.

When you watch a live-stream event, you can:

  • Stop and start the live playback.
  • Set the playback speed and video quality.
  • Play the video on a TV.
  • Switch to full-screen mode.

Tip: To watch the event later, ask the meeting organizer if a recording is available. The live-stream can only be viewed while being broadcast live.

Add captions to your live stream

To use captions for your live stream event, meeting participants should first turn on  live stream captions from the main meeting. Live stream captions will appear in the same language as is set in the meeting and are available in English, German, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

For meeting participants: 

  1. Join a meeting with live streaming turned on. 
  2. At the bottom right, click Activities  and then Live Streaming
  3. Select the language for captions from the menu and then click Start Streaming.

For live stream viewers: 

  • On your computer, on the livestream viewer, click  Turn on captions "" or Turn off captions "".
  • On your mobile device, on the livestream viewer, at the top right, tap Menu  and then Subtitles.

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