Start a video meeting for education

This article is for teachers. Students go here.

With Google Meet, you can start class video meetings in Classroom, Meet, Google Calendar, and Gmail on your computer or mobile device.

Recent updates 

  • Premium Meet features—For a limited time, the following premium features are available to all G Suite for Education and G Suite Enterprise for Education users: live stream, recordings, and 250-participant meetings. Learn more
  • Joining meetings outside your domain— If you have a G Suite for Education account and your school type is Primary/Secondary education (K-12), you'll not be allowed to join Google Meet video calls created by non-G Suite, or personal, Google Accounts.
  • Anonymous users— Anonymous users, or users not signed in to a Google Account, will not be able to join meetings organized by G Suite for Education users. However, users can still dial in using a phone. To allow anonymous users to join meetings in their domain, the admin of the G Suite for Education domain can contact G Suite support and request an exception.

Before you begin: Video meeting tips

  • If your school allows anyone to create video meetings, the first person to join a video meeting becomes the meeting owner. To fix this, check with your G Suite administrator to ensure that students can’t create video meetings. Learn more
  • Anonymous users, or users not signed in to a Google Account, will not be able to join meetings organized by G Suite for Education users. However, users can still dial in using a phone. To allow anonymous users to join meetings in their domain, the admin of the G Suite for Education domain can contact G Suite support and request an exception.
  • See best practices for distance learning at the Google for Education Teacher Center. Learn more
  • Make sure that you meet the requirements for Meet. Learn more
  • Print instructions for getting started with Google Meet. Learn more
  • If internet speed is slow, turning off your camera can improve video meeting quality. If audio quality is poor, you can use a phone for audio. Learn more
  • To help students who are deaf or hard of hearing, turn on live captions in Meet. Learn more
  • If you’re using a mobile device, install the Google Meet app. Learn more
  • There is a limit to the number of people you can have in a video meeting. Learn more
  • Charge your device before the meeting. On some fanless devices, such as tablets and laptops, charging during the meeting can reduce video quality.
  • During any video meeting, only the meeting creator can approve external requests to join.

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Create video meetings in Classroom

You can set up and start class video meetings in Classroom. To use Meet features in Classroom, your G Suite administrator has to turn on Meet for your school.

Set up a video meeting in Classroom
Create a unique nicknamed meeting link that students can use to join your class video meetings. You and your students can use the same link for all of your class meetings.  
Only you and your co-teachers can create, show, hide, or reset the meeting link for your class or start a class video meeting in Classroom. These permissions can vary based on how your admin sets up Meet for your school.

Create a Meet link in your class

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the classand thenSettings Settings.
    Click Settings
  3. Under General, click Generate Meet link.
    Generate Meet link
    A Meet link appears for your class.
  4. At the top, click Save.

Show or hide a Meet link

Students who are in the same domain as the primary teacher can see the class Meet link on the Stream and Classwork pages. You can hide the link from students until you want to share it.

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the classand thenSettings Settings.
  3. Next to Visible to students, choose an option:
    • To hide the Meet link from students, click the switch Off  "".
    • To make the Meet link visible to students, click the switch On "".
      Show the Meet link
  4. At the top, click Save.

Copy a Meet link

You can copy a Meet link and paste it into an assignment, question, or message.

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the classand thenSettings Settings.
  3. Next to the Meet link, click the Down arrow ""and thenCopy.
    Click the Down arrow

Reset a Meet link

If you have issues with the link, you can reset it and get a new one. After you reset the link, the old link won't work.

  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the classand thenSettings Settings
  3. Next to the Meet link, click the Down arrow ""and thenReset.
    Click the Down arrow

Add a Meet link to an announcement

  1. Copy the Meet link (instructions above).
  2. On the Stream page, click Share something with your class.
  3. Enter your announcement and at the bottom, click Addand thenLink "".
  4. Paste the Meet linkand thenclick Add link.
  5. Click Post.

    Note: You can also schedule the post for later or save it as a draft. For details, go to Post, schedule, or save a draft announcement.

Add a Meet link to an assignment or question

  1. Copy the Meet link (instructions above).
  2. On the Classwork page, click Createand thenAssignment or Question.
  3. In the assignment or question details, click Addand thenLink "".
  4. Paste the Meet linkand thenclick Add link.
  5. Click Assign or Ask.

    Note: You can also schedule the post for later or save it as a draft. For details, go to Post, schedule, or save a draft assignment.

Start a video meeting in Classroom
  1. Go to classroom.google.com and click Sign In.

    Sign in with your Google Account. For example, you@yourschool.edu or you@gmail.comLearn more.

  2. Click the class.
  3. Choose an option:

    Note: When you click the Meet link, you start the meeting. Students can join the meeting even before you join it.

    • At the top of the Stream page, under the class code, click the Meet link.
      Click Meet link
    • At the top of the Classwork page, click Meet.
    • In a question or assignment, click the link for the class video meeting.
      Click Meet link
  4. In Meet, before you join the meeting, at the top, check that you’re signed in with your Classroom account. If not, click Switch accountand thenselect or sign in to your Classroom account.
  5. Click Join now.
  6. If you’re the first person to join the meeting, you’ll see a window to invite others. If you don’t need to invite anyone or share the meeting link, you can close this window.

Start video meetings in other apps

You can create, start, and join a class video meeting in Google Meet, Google Calendar, and Gmail.

Start a video meeting in Meet

In Meet, you can start an impromptu meeting or one that you previously set up. After you start the meeting, you can share the joining information with your students in a Classroom post or message.

Tip: For greater control, create a nickname for your video meeting. If you’re the last person to leave a nicknamed meeting, students can’t rejoin.

Start a meeting right away

  1. Go to meet.google.com and sign in with your Classroom account.
    If you’re already signed in with a different account, at the top, click your profileand thenSwitch accountand thenselect or sign in to your Classroom account.  
  2. Click Join or start a meetingand thenchoose an option:
    • To create a meeting with a nickname, enter a nicknameand thenclick Continue.
    •  To create a meeting without a nickname, click Continue.
  3. Click Join now
  4. (Optional) To share a meeting nickname, post it in a message or a Classroom announcement, assignment, or question.
  5. (Optional) To share other joining details, choose an option:
    • Click Copy joining infoand thenpaste the details in a message or Classroom post.
      If you don’t see Copy joining info, in the lower-left corner, click the Up arrow .
    •  Click Add people Invite studentsand thenenter names or email addressesand thenclick Invite ""
      If you don’t see Add people Invite students, at the top, click People ""and thenAdd PeopleInvite students.

Start a meeting you previously set up

  1. Go to meet.google.com.
  2. Sign in with your Classroom account.
  3. Choose an option:
    • For a nicknamed meeting, click Join or start a meetingand thenenter the nickname.
    • In the list of meetings, click the meeting.
  4. Click Join now.

    Note: If you sent guests a message with the meeting link, they can click the link in the message to join the video meeting.

Leave the meeting 

  • Click the meeting windowand thenLeave call .
Start a video meeting in Calendar  

You can create a class video meeting in Calendar and invite your students to join. You can also add view-only live streaming to an event for up to 100,000 people.

Note: If you create an event on someone's calendar, or transfer an event to their calendar, make sure you understand the video conferencing policies.

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Start a video meeting in Gmail

You can start or join a video meeting from Gmail. When you’re in the meeting, you can invite people to join you.

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Manage participants in a video meeting

As the meeting organizer, you can control how people can participate in a video meeting.

Note: For a limited time, the following premium features are available to all G Suite for Education and G Suite Enterprise for Education users: live stream, recordings, and 250-participant meetings. Learn more

Mute or remove a participant
If you created the meeting or own the calendar that the event was created, you're the only person who can mute or remove other participants.
In Meet, during a video meeting:
  1. At the top, click People People.
  2. Next to a student’s name, click the Down arrow ""and thenchoose an option:
    • To mute the student, click Mute and thenMute.
    • To remove the student, click Remove Removeand thenRemove.
Accept a request to join a meeting
Only the meeting creator can see or approve requests to join a meeting that come from outside of your domain. Make sure the meeting creator stays in the meeting to approve external requests.
Prevent students from rejoining a meeting

To prevent students from rejoining a meeting after it ends, you can create a nicknamed meeting. If you are the last person to leave a nicknamed meeting, students can't rejoin the meeting. 

Before you leave the meeting, you can remove any remaining students.

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