Start a video meeting for education

This article is for teachers. Students go here.

With Google Meet, you can meet virtually with your class, even if you aren’t in the same room.

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

Recent updates

  • Approve requests to join—During a video meeting, only the meeting creator can see and approve requests to join the meeting from outside of the school’s G Suite domain.

    If a teacher creates a meeting and wants to include guests with an email address that’s outside of their school domain, make sure they stay on the call until all external guests have been approved to join.

  • Premium Meet features: The following premium features are available to all G Suite for Education and G Suite Enterprise for Education users for a limited time: live stream, recordings, and 250-participant meetings. Learn more.
  • Manage participants—Only the meeting creator can mute or remove participants.
  • Prevent meeting reuse—Students can’t rejoin the call if teachers are the last participant to leave
    a nicknamed meeting
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Start a video meeting

Start a video meeting in Classroom

To see Meet features directly in Classroom, your admin has to turn on Meet for your school.  For information on how you can manage meeting participants, go to Manage participants, below.

Set up a video meeting in Classroom
If your admin turns on Meet for your school and lets you create meetings, you can set up and start class video meetings directly in Classroom. Before you can use Meet in Classroom, you have to generate a Meet link in your class
You can also:

Generate a Meet link in your Class

When you generate a Meet link in your class, a unique video meeting link is created for your class. Students can use the link to join your class video meetings. 

The Meet links you generate in Classroom are considered nicknamed links. If you leave the meeting last, students can’t rejoin the meeting.

Only you or your co-teachers can create, show, hide, or reset the meeting link for your class. And only you or your co-teachers can start a class video meeting in Classroom. These permissions can vary based on how your admin sets up Meet for your school.

  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 unique Meet link appears for your class.
  4. In the top-right corner, click Save.

Show or hide a Meet link

When you generate a Meet link, students can see it on the Stream page and the Classwork page. You can hide the link from students until you want to share it. To share the link, you can make it visible again, or add it to an assignment or question.

Note: Only students who are in the same domain as the primary teacher can see the Meet link.

  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 to the Off position .
    • To make the Meet link visible to students, click the switch to the On position .
      Show the Meet link

Copy a Meet link

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

  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 thenselect Copy.
    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 no longer works.

  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

You can add a Meet link to a class announcement on the Stream page. 

  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. Copy the Meet linkand thenleave the Settings page.
    For details, go to Copy a Meet link, above. 
  4. On the Stream page, click Share something with your class.
    For details, go to Post announcements to your students.
  5. Enter your announcementand thenat the bottom, click Add and thenLink.
  6. Paste the Meet linkand thenclick Add link.
  7. Click Post, or schedule the announcement.

Add a Meet link to an assignment or question

You can add a Meet link to a post, such as an assignment or question.

  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. Copy the Meet linkand thenleave the Settings page.
    For details, go to Copy a Meet link, above.
  4. Click Classworkand thencreate an assignment or question.
    For details, go to Create an assignment or Create a question.
  5. In the assignment or question details, click Add and thenLink.
  6. Paste the Meet linkand thenclick Add link.
  7. Click Assign, or schedule the post.
Start a video meeting in Classroom
After you generate a Meet link for your class, you can start a video meeting in Classroom.
Note: Before you start a class video meeting, make sure that your meeting and device meet the requirements for Google Meet.
  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:
    • At the top of the Stream page, under the class code, click the Meet link.
      Click Meet link
      Note: After you click Meet, students can join the meeting, even before you click Join now.
    • At the top of the Classwork page, click Meet.

      Note: After you click Meet, students can join the meeting, even before you click Join now.
    • In a question or assignment, click the link for the class video meeting.
      Click Meet link
      Note: After you click Meet, students can join the meeting, even before you click Join now.
  4. Before joining the meeting, in the top-right corner, check that you’re signed in to Meet with your Classroom account. If not, click Switch account.
  5. To start the meeting, in Meet, click Join now.
  6. (Optional) If you’re the first person to join a call, you might see a window to invite others. If your students already have the meeting link, you can close this window.

Start a video meeting in Google Meet

Set up a video meeting in Meet

You can set up a meeting in advance, and share the joining info with your students. 

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

During any meeting, only the meeting creator can approve external requests to join.

Set up a meeting

  1. Go to meet.google.com and sign in with your G Suite for Education account.
    If you’re already signed in and need to switch accounts, in the top-right corner, click your profileand thenSwitch account.  
  2. Click Join or Start a Meeting.
  3. Choose an option:
    • To create a nicknamed meeting, enter a nicknameand thenclick Continue.
      ​This completes the setup for your nicknamed meeting. Be sure to note the meeting nickname.
    •  To create a meeting without a nickname, click Continue.
  4. Click Join now
    You are in the meeting and can copy the joining info.
  5. Click Copy joining info.  
    If you don't see Copy joining info, in the lower left, click the Up arrow and thenCopy joining info.
  6. You can paste the joining info into a document for your reference, or into a post for participants. 
    Note: If you created a nicknamed meeting, share only the nickname. 

Invite participants to join a meeting

  1. Create a post or email for meeting participants.
  2. Choose an option:
    • For nicknamed meetings, only share the meeting nickname you created.
      To join the meeting, participants go to meet.google.com, sign in with their G Suite for Education account, and enter the meeting nickname. 
    • For meetings without nicknames, post all the joining info into your message.
      To join the meeting, participants can click the meeting link in the joining info.
Start a video meeting in Meet

You can start an impromptu meeting, or you can start a meeting you previously set up.

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

During any meeting, only the meeting creator can approve external requests to join.

 To start a meeting right away

  1. Go to meet.google.com
  2. In the top-right corner, check that you’re signed in to Meet with your G Suite for Education account. 
  3. (Optional) To start a meeting without a nickname:
    1. Click Join or start a meeting.
    2. Click Continueand thenJoin nowand thenchoose an option. 
    3. (Optional) Click Copy joining infoand thenpaste it into a message to invite participants.
      If you don’t see Copy joining info, in the lower-left corner, click the Up arrow .
    4. (Optional) Click Add people Invite studentsand thenenter names or email addressesand thenclick Invite ""
      If you don’t see Add people Invite students, in the upper-right corner, click People and thenAdd PeopleInvite students.
      Note: To join the meeting, participants click the link you shared in the joining info.
  4. (Optional) To start a nicknamed meeting
    1. Click Join or start a meetingand thenenter a nickname.
    2. Click Continueand thenJoin now.
    3. In a post or message to participants, share the meeting nickname.
      Note: To join the meeting, participants can open Meet, sign in, and enter the nickname you shared.

To start a meeting you previously set up

  1. (Optional) For a meeting without a nickname, choose an option:
    • Go to meet.google.com and thensign in with your G Suite for Education accountand thenclick the meeting.
    • In your message or post to meeting participants, click the video meeting link.
  2. (Optional) For a nicknamed meeting:
    1. Go to meet.google.com and thensign in with your school account.
    2. Click Join or Start a meetingand thenenter the meeting nickname.
    3. Click Continue.
  3. Click Join now.

To leave the meeting 

  • Click the meeting windowand thenLeave call .

For more Meet instructions, go to the Meet Help Center.

Start a video meeting in Google Calendar

Set up a video meeting in Calendar
For instructions to set up a video meeting in Google Calendar, go to Create an event.
Note: Be sure to use your G Suite for Education account when you create the event.
Start a video meeting in Calendar  

For instructions to set up a video meeting in Google Calendar, go to Create an event.

To start the meeting you set up:

  1. On your Google Calendar, click the event.
  2. Click Join with Google Meetand thenJoin now.

To leave the meeting, click the meeting windowand thenLeave call .

For more Meet instructions, go to the Meet Help Center.

Start a video meeting in Gmail

Get instructions on how to start a video meeting in Gmail.

Manage participants in a video meeting

For information on participant limits, go to Requirements for using Google Meet.

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 the event was created on, you're the only participant who can mute or remove other participants.
  1. In Meet, in the top-right corner, 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 approve requests to join a meeting by video from outside your domain.
If the meeting creator needs to leave before the meeting ends, they should first approve any requests they want to allow. During a meeting, no other participants can see or 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 leave a nicknamed meeting last, students can't rejoin the meeting. 

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

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