Google Hangouts will be replaced by Google Chat. Learn about the switch from Google Hangouts to Google Chat.

Start a video meeting

You can start a video meeting from Google Chat.

Important: If your organization allows external users to join rooms or group conversations, anyone in the room or group can join a video meeting without permission.

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.

Start a video meeting from Chat or Gmail

  1. Open the Chat app "" or Gmail app "".
  2. Tap Chat "" or Spaces Rooms.
  3. Open a chat message.
  4. In the reply area, tap Action menu Add and then Meet link "" and then Send "".
  5. To join a video meeting, tap Join video meeting and then Join now.

Tip: To learn more about Meet video meetings, go to the Meet Help Center.

Call someone directly from Chat in Gmail

Important: This feature is only available in the Gmail app. Download the Gmail app from the App Store.

You can start a voice or video call from the Gmail app.

  1. Open the Gmail app "".
  2. At the bottom, tap Chat "".
  3. Open a 1:1 chat message.
  4. At the top, click Start voice call "" or Start video call "".
  5. To end the call, click End call Call end icon.

Tip: If you call someone who uses the Chat app but doesn’t have the Gmail app:

  • Their phone doesn’t ring.
  • They receive a Chat notification that you started a voice or video call.
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