Start or join a video call from Gmail

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

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Start and join video calls from the Meet tab

  1. From within the Gmail app, go to the Meet tab.
  2. For meetings scheduled on Google Calendar, you’ll directly see them in the My meetings section. You can tap on an upcoming meeting to see the meeting details and join the call. 
  3. To organize a new Meeting, tap New meeting. You’ll have 3 options:
    1. Get a Meeting link to share: This creates a new meeting but doesn’t join it right away. A dialog box will display with the new meeting link you can share with others. Once shared and ready to join the meeting, tap Join a Meeting and use this code to enter it.
    2. Start an instant meeting: This creates a new meeting and joins it right away. Once in the call, you can share the meeting invite with others. 
    3. Schedule in Google Calendar: This will direct you to the Google Calendar app to schedule a new meeting.
  4. If you have a meeting code to join a meeting, tap Join a Meeting and enter the code to join.

Tip: Google Workspace users can create a nickname for a meeting to easily share a meeting with others.

Before you join your first video call

  1. You will be shown a notification prompt asking you to turn on notifications. This will allow you to easily get back to your ongoing meeting when you’re in another app. 
  2. If you're joining a meeting for the first time, allow the Gmail app to record audio, take pictures, and record video.
  3. To turn your camera on or off, tap Camera Camera.
  4. To turn your microphone on or off, tap Microphone Microphone.
  5. To copy the meeting information and share it with others, tap Share Share.
  6. To join only to share your screen, tap Share screen Share screen.
    Important: You should only use this to share your screen as you will not be able to see or hear the other people on the call.  
  7. For meetings organized by a Google Workspace account, tap Join by phone to dial into the meeting.
  8. If you’re ready to join the call, tap Join.

Once inside a video call

  1. You can tap the screen at any time to use the controls that turn the camera or microphone on and off. 
  2. If you wish to switch your camera, tap on Flip camera, and switch between the front and rear-facing cameras. 
  3. To choose the audio output source or mute and unmute the meeting, tap Speaker Speaker.
  4. To see the meeting information, tap the meeting title at the top. You’ll find calendar details (if scheduled in Calendar), the people who are on the call, and the joining info to send to others.
    • For the people who are on the call, you can also tap on Menu More next to their name to mute, pin or remove them.
      Tip: Pin a user to pin their video feed to the center of the app. Mute the user if they are creating noise or echo on the call. Note that only the user will be able to unmute themselves. Remove the user if you no longer want them in the call. For meetings organized with a personal Google Account, only the meeting organizer can remove other users.
    • To invite more users to an ongoing call, tap Share joining info and choose an app to share the meeting invite with. 
      Important: For meetings organized via a personal Google Account, only the meeting organizer can invite others to an ongoing call. 
  5. For more in-call features, tap Menu More.
    • In call message: To chat and view messages from people in the call, tap View messages. To close it, tap Close Close X.
    • Share screen: To share your screen, tap . Note that this will share your entire screen including any phone notifications until you stop sharing your screen.
    • Turn on captions: To turn on captions, tap Closed captions.
    • Report a problem.
    • Report abuse.
  6. To end the meeting, tap End End call.

Show or hide Meet in Gmail

  1. From within the Gmail app, tap Menu  .
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Select the account for which you would like to configure this setting.
  4. Next to the Meet section, check or uncheck the box to show or hide the Meet tab.

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