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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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.

Google Workspace users (using Gmail with a work or school account)

Tip for Google Workspace administrators: To use Meet in Gmail, the Google Meet service must be turned on in Admin console. EDU users must also have the ability to create new video meetings turned on.

Start a video call

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. In the bottom left corner, under “Meet,” click New meeting .
  3. To send the meeting invite via link or email, click Send invite
    • To copy the meeting invite details, click Copy meeting invite.
    • To send an email invite, click Share via email.
  4. When you’re ready to join the meeting, click Join now.
  5. Before you join your first meeting, make sure to allow permissions for your Microphone and Camera. Once you have granted permission, 
    • To turn your microphone on or off, click Microphone Microphone.
    • To turn your camera on or off, click Camera Video call.
  6. To enter the call, click Join now.
  7. To end the call, click Leave call Call end icon.

Join a video call

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. In the bottom left corner, click My meetings  to join a video call that is upcoming on your calendar.
  3. Under “My Meetings,” hover over the upcoming meeting you’d like to join and then click Join.
    Tips:
    • Only meetings scheduled in Google calendar will show up under “My Meetings.”
    • You can click on any of your upcoming meetings to view the call details or make changes.
    • If your upcoming meeting is not on your calendar, click Join a meeting. Enter the meeting code or nickname and then click Join.
  4. Before you join your first meeting, make sure to allow permissions for your Microphone and Camera. Once you have granted permission,  
    • To turn your microphone on or off, click Microphone Microphone.
    • To turn your camera on or off, click Camera Video call.
  5. To enter the call, click Join now.
  6. To leave the call, click Leave call  Call end icon.

G Suite for Education users

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 personal Google Accounts.

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 Google Workspace support and request an exception. 

Using Gmail with a personal account

Start a video call

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. In the bottom left corner, under “Meet,” click New meeting .
  3. To send the meeting invite via link or email, click Send invite
    • To copy the meeting invite details, click Copy meeting invite.
    • To send an email invite, click Share via email.
  4. When you’re ready to join the meeting, click Start Now.
  5. Before you join your first meeting, make sure to allow permissions for your Microphone and Camera. Once you have granted permission, 
    • To turn your microphone on or off, click Microphone Microphone.
    • To turn your camera on or off, click Camera Video call.
  6. To enter the call, click Join now.
  7. To end the call, click Leave 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 your camera and microphone on or off.
  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 (for all users)

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

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

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