Start or join a video call from Gmail

You can start or join face-to-face video calls while in Gmail.

Before you start your first video call

  1. Check the system requirements.
  2. When asked to use your computer's camera and microphone, click Allow.
    • In "Settings," you might need to turn on permissions for your camera and microphone.

Tip for G Suite administrators: To use Meet in Gmail, the video calling service must be on in the Admin console. Learn how to turn video calling on.

Start a video call

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Click "Start a meeting" Video call. Your meetings open in a new window.
  3. Before you join the meeting:
    • At the bottom, you can turn on or off your camera and microphone.
    • On the right, you can find the meeting code and meeting details.
  4. To enter the call, click Join now.
  5. A window will appear with your meeting details. Choose an option to add other people:
    • To share the meeting code:
      • Click Copy joining info.
      • Then, share the meeting code and link with someone.
    • To invite people by email:
      • Click Add people.
      • Next, enter names or email addresses.
      • Then, click Send Invite.
    • To invite people by phone:
      • Click Add people.
      • Next, click Call.
      • Then, enter a phone number.
  6. When you're done, click End call Call end icon.

Join a video call

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Click Join a meeting Input.
  3. Enter the 10-letter meeting code from the meeting organizer.
  4. Click Join.
    • Before you join the meeting, you can turn on or off your camera and microphone.
  5. To enter the call, click Join now.
  6. When you're done, click End call Call end icon.

You can also join a meeting from a Calendar event, the Google Meet app. Learn about other ways to start or join a meeting.  

Show or hide Google Meet in Gmail

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settingsand then See all settings.
  3. At the top, choose Chat and Meet.
  4. In the "Meet" section, make your changes.
  5. Click Save Changes at the bottom.

Important: G Suite users might not see this setting in their Gmail account if their G Suite Admins have the video calling service disabled from the Admin Console.

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