Start or join a video call from Gmail

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

You can join Google Meet video calls with the Gmail app. You can join meetings in your Gmail app by clicking on the Meet link within Google Calendar or through a Meet link which might get shared with you via Gmail, Google Chat or a third party application. 

Tip: Google Meet video calls in the Gmail app work the same as the Meet app, but with some differences to the user interface. 

Before you join your first video call

Once you tap a Meeting link to open the Gmail app, you can follow these steps before joining the video call:

  1. If you’re joining a video meeting for the first time, you’ll be asked to allow the Gmail app to access your camera and microphone. Click OK
    • If you close the join screen, go back to the meeting link and tap it again.
  2. To turn your camera on or off, tap Camera Camera.
  3. To turn your microphone on or off, tap Microphone Microphone.
  4. To copy the meeting information and share it with others, tap Share Share.
  5. To join only to share your screen, you can 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.
  6. For meetings organized by a G Suite account, tap Join by phone and dial into the meeting with your phone.
  7. 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 turn the camera and microphone on or 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 the 3 dot menu 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.
    • Add others: To add more people to the call, tap  Add others.
      Important: For meetings organized by a personal Google Account, only the meeting organizer can invite others to the call. 
    • 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 Share screen. 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.
    • Turn on Low light mode: To adjust the video for low light: Tap Settings Settings and thenTurn on Turn on.
    • Send feedback.
    • Report abuse.
  6. To end the meeting, tap End End call.
  7. If you minimize your call and need to get back to it, tap the green icon to the upper left of the screen. 
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