Start a video meeting for education

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

Before you begin: Video meeting tips

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Requirements and best practices
  • Make sure that you meet the requirements for Meet. Learn more
  • See best practices for distance learning at the Google for Education Teacher Center. Learn more
  • Print instructions for getting started with Google Meet. Learn more
Permissions and joining tips
  • There's a limit to the number of people you can have in a video meeting. Learn more
  • In Classroom, unless Meet is turned off for them, the first student or teacher to arrive at the video meeting becomes the meeting organizer even if they're not the first to join the meeting.
  • If a person creates a video meeting in Google Calendar, they're the meeting organizer regardless of who joins the meeting first.
  • Even if Meet is turned off for students, they might still be able to record a meeting. To fix this, check with your administrator to ensure that this setting is turned off for students. Learn more
  • Anonymous users, or users not signed in to a Google Account, will not be able to join meetings organized by Google Workspace 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 Google Workspace for Education domain can contact Google Workspace support and request an exception. 
  • During any video meeting, only the meeting creator can approve external requests to join.
Accessibility and tech tips
  • To help students who are deaf or hard of hearing, turn on live captions in 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
  • If you’re using a mobile device, install the Google Meet app. 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.

Create video meetings in Classroom

You can set up and start class video meetings in Classroom. To use Meet features in Classroom, your Google Workspace 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 or 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. Tap Classroom ""
  2. Tap the classand thenSettings ""
  3. Under General, next to Video meeting link, tap More ""and thenGenerate meeting link.
    Generate Meet link
    A Meet link appears for your class.
  4. Tap Close "".

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. Tap Classroom "".
  2. Tap the classand thenSettings ""
  3. Next to Visible to students, choose an option:
    • To hide the Meet link from students, tap the switch Off  "".
    • To make the Meet link visible to students, tap the switch On "".
      Show Meet link
  4. Tap Close "".

Copy a Meet link

You can copy a Meet link and paste it into an assignment, question, or message.
  1. Tap Classroom "".
  2. Tap the classand thenSettings "".
  3. Under Video meeting link, tap the link to copy it.
    Copy Meet link

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. Tap Classroom "".
  2. Tap the classand thenSettings "".
  3. Next to Video meeting link, tap More ""and thenReset meeting link.
    Reset Meet link

Add a Meet link to an announcement

  1. Copy the Meet link (instructions above).
  2. On the Stream page, tap Share something with your class.
  3. Enter your announcementand thenat the top, tap Add ""and thenLink "".
  4. Paste the Meet linkand thentap Add.
  5.  Tap Post "".

    Tip: 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 Create ""and thenAssignment or Question.
  3. At the top of the assignment or question details, tap Add ""and thenLink "".
  4. Paste the Meet linkand thentap Add.
  5.  Tap Post "".

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

Start a video meeting in Classroom

After you create a Meet link for your class, you can start a video meeting in Classroom.

  1. Tap Classroom "".
  2. Tap the class. 
  3. Choose an option:

    Tip: After you tap Meet, students can join the meeting, even before you join it.

    • At the top of the Stream page, tap Meet "". 
    • At the top of the Classwork page, tap Meet "".
    • In a post or announcement that you shared, tap the link for the class video meeting.
  4. In Meet, before you join the meeting, at the top, check that you’re signed in with your Classroom account. If you need to switch accounts, tap Switchand thenselect the Classroom account.
  5. Tap Join meeting.
  6. If you’re the first to join the meeting, you can add others. If you already shared the meeting link with your students, you can close the window. 
  7. When the meeting is over, tap the meeting windowand thenEnd call "" to leave the meeting. 

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.

Before you begin, install Meet on your device. After you open Meet, be sure to sign in with your Classroom account.

Tip: For greater control, you can use nicknamed meetings. Students can’t rejoin a nicknamed meeting if you are the last to leave.

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Start a video meeting in Calendar

You can create a class video meeting in Google Calendar and invite your students to join.

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

Set up a video meeting in Calendar 

  1. Open Google Calendar and sign in with your Classroom account. 
  2. Tap Create""and thenEvent.
  3. Choose an option:
    • To invite people now, tap Add guestsand thenenter your students' names or email addressesand thentap Done.
    • To create a Meet link for the event, tap Add video conferencing.
  4. Enter other meeting detailsand thentap Save.
  5. (Optional) To send an email invitation with meeting details to guests, tap Send.   

Start a video meeting in Calendar

Before you can start a video meeting in Calendar, you have to set one up (instructions above). 

  1. In Google Calendar, tap the eventand thenJoin with Google Meet.
  2. Before you join, at the bottom, make sure you’re signed in with your school account. If you need to switch accounts, tap Switchand thenselect the Classroom account. 
  3. Tap Join meeting

Watch a live-stream event

If the creator of the video meeting included a live-stream link, tap the link to watch on your mobile device’s web browser. The Meet app is not required. 

Tip: You can’t create or start and stop a live-stream event on your mobile device. For details, go to Live stream a video meeting.

Leave a video meeting

Tap the meeting windowand thenEnd call ""

Start a video meeting in Gmail

You can start or join video meetings in Gmail on your computer or mobile device. When you’re in the meeting, you can invite people to join you.

Tip: If you’re a Google Workspace for Education user, to use Meet in Gmail, your Google Workspace administrator must turn on permissions to create and join video meetings.

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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.

Mute or remove a participant
To mute or remove a participant, you have to be the meeting creator or own the calendar the meeting was created on.
  1. In the video meeting, tap People "".
  2. Tap the participant’s nameand thenchoose an option:
    • To mute the participant, tap Mute ""and thenMute.
    • To remove the participant, tap Remove ""and thenRemove.

If you remove a participant, they can't request to rejoin the video meeting. You can re-invite them using a computer.

Approve or deny 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.
People from inside or outside your domain can't request to join a video meeting if they've already been denied entry twice. 

In Meet, during a video meeting:

  1. When a request to join shows in the meeting window, tap Admit or Deny entry.
Prevent students from rejoining a meeting

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

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

Use other Meet features 

Hand Raising with Google Meet
Use Hand Raise in Google Meet to let the moderator know you want to speak.

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