Join a meeting

You can join a video call from Google Meet, Google Calendar, Gmail etc. You can also dial-in to a meeting from a phone or a meeting room or you can use Google Meet without a Google account. 

Meetings you can join

Personal account users

You are a personal account user if you use Google Meet through Gmail or another free account.

As a personal account user, you can join:

  • All meetings you are invited to by someone with a personal account. 
  • Some meetings you are invited to by someone with a Google Workspace account. 
    • Tip: Google Workspace Admins control if their users can invite others with a personal google account so you can only attend meetings organized by Workspace users who’s admins allow them to invite personal account users.
Important: You may get an invite for meetings you can’t join. If you try to join, you will reach an error page.

Google Workspace for Education users

You are a Google Workspace for Education user if you use Google Meet through a paid school account. 

As a Google Workspace for Education user, your Google Workspace admin controls what meetings you can join. By default, you can attend any meetings organized by any Google Workspace user but, your admin can make it so you can only join: 

  • Meetings organized by someone in your organization
  • Meetings organized by any Google Workspace or personal user 

By default, Higher Education users with accounts created after 5/09/21 can join any meetings organized by any Google Workspace user. Higher Education users with accounts created before 5/09/2021 can by default join any meetings organized by both Workspace and personal account users. 

Important: You may get an invite for meetings you can’t join. If you try to join, you will reach an error page.

All other Google Workspace users

You are a Google Workspace user if you use Google Meet through a paid work account.

As a Google Workspace user, your Google Workspace admin controls what meetings you can join. By default, you can attend any meetings organized by any Google Workspace or personal user but, your admin can make it so you can only join: 

  • Meetings organized by someone in your organization
  • Meetings organized by Google Workspace users only
Important: You may get an invite for meetings you can’t join. If you try to join, you will reach an error page.

People who can join your meetings

Personal account users

As a personal account user, the following people can join your meetings: 

  • Anyone with a personal account you have invited 
  • Any Google Workspace users that you have invited who’s admin allows them to join meetings organized by personal google account users

Anyone who isn’t signed into a Google account can’t join your meetings.

Important: Users who are invited but can’t join a meeting may still get an invite. If they aren’t allowed in the meeting and they try to join, they will reach an error page.

Google Workspace for Education users

As a Google Workspace for Education user, by default, anyone signed into a Google account (personal or Workspace) or anyone dialing-in by a phone can join your meetings, but your Google Workspace admin can change this.

Your admin can choose one of the following:  

  • Anyone in your organization or anyone using a phone to dial-in to meetings
  • Anyone with a Google account (personal or Workspace) or anyone using a phone to dial-in to meetings
  • Everyone including any users not logged into a Google account
Important: Users who are invited but can’t join a meeting may still get an invite. If they aren’t allowed in the meeting and they try to join, they will reach an error page.

All other Google Workspace users

As a Google Workspace user, by default, anyone can join your meetings. This includes anyone who is signed into a personal or Workspace account, not signed into a Google account, or anyone dialing-in to your meetings, but your Google Workspace admin can change this.

Your admin can choose one of the following: 

  • Anyone in your organization or anyone using a phone to dial-in to meetings
  • Anyone with a Google account (personal or Workspace) or anyone using a phone to dial-in to meetings
  • Everyone including any users not logged into a Google account 

Important: Users who are invited but can’t join a meeting may still get an invite. If they aren’t allowed in the meeting and they try to join, they will reach an error page.

Join a video meeting from a Google Calendar event

  1. In Google Calendar, click the event you want to join.
  2. Click Join with Google Meet.
  3. In the window that opens, click Join Now
If your Google Workspace administrator allows it, you can also join from other video conferencing systems. For details, see Set up interoperability.

Join a video meeting from Meet

In Meet, you can select a scheduled event or you can enter a meeting code or nickname.

Select a scheduled event:

  1. In a web browser, enter https://meet.google.com/.
  2. Select the meeting from your list of scheduled events. Only meetings scheduled through Google Calendar appear on Google Meet.
  3. Click Join now.
Tip:  A chime sounds as the first 5 people join. After that, you’ll receive a silent notification for new participants.

Enter a meeting code or nickname:

  1. In a web browser, enter https://meet.google.com.
  2. Click Enter a code or link > click Join.
  3. Enter a meeting code or nickname.
    • The meeting code is the string of letters at the end of the meeting link. You don't have to enter the hyphens.
    • You can only use meeting nicknames with people in your organization. This feature is currently only available to Google Workspace users.
    • If your organization has purchased and installed a Meet hardware device, you can also type the meeting code or nickname into that device.

    • Leave the field blank to start a new meeting with a new code. 

  4. Click Continue and then Join now.

 Join a video meeting from Gmail

Join a video meeting from Google Hangouts

You can join a Google Meet video meeting from within the Google Hangouts app. Learn how to Join a video call

Join a video meeting with a meeting link URL

Sometimes there isn’t enough time to schedule a meeting and book a room. With Meet, you can join an impromptu video meeting by clicking the meeting link URL sent to you in a text or email.
  1. Click the meeting link sent to you in a chat message or email.
  2. Follow the onscreen prompts to join the meeting.

Use a phone to dial into a meeting

Important: You can only dial into meetings with a phone if the meeting is organized by a Google Workspace user.

A phone number is added only if administrators turn on the dial-in feature.

If your Google Workspace administrator allows, you can dial in for audio-only access to a Meet video meeting up to 15 minutes before the meeting starts until it ends. If someone is already in the meeting and grants access, you can join sooner. 

You can be in a different organization or have a different Google Workspace edition from the event organizer. If you’re in the organizer's corporate directory, participants see your name in the meeting if not they see only a partial phone number.

  • Other participants should always verify that the person who dials in is the correct participant. 
  • Anyone who dials in counts toward the maximum limit.
  • Regular call charges apply.

Join a meeting with a phone number

Tip:  If you try to dial in to a meeting before it starts you might get an error that the PIN is not recognized.

You can dial in during the scheduled meeting time using one of the following methods:

  • Enter the phone number that’s in the Google Calendar event or meeting invitation.
    Then, enter the PIN and #.
  • From the Meet or Calendar app, tap the phone number.
    The PIN is automatically entered.

All Google Workspace editions include a US phone number. G Suite Basic, G Suite Business, Google Workspace Essentials, Enterprise, and Education Plus editions also support international numbers in Meet video calls. 

If your organization turns on Meet Global Dialing, more international numbers are available. Long distance and usage charges from your phone carrier may apply. 

Mute or unmute your phone

You're muted if another meeting participant mutes you or if you:

  • Press *6.
  • Have your phone's volume at the lowest level.
  • Join after the 5th participant.

Press *6 again or increase the volume to unmute.

List of supported countries for dialing in to a meeting

For a complete list of countries, read Supported countries for dialing in.

Join a video meeting from a Google meeting room

  • Select the meeting from the list of scheduled events with your Google meeting room hardware remote.
  • Enter the meeting code or nickname into your Google meeting room hardware device.
Join a video meeting from a third-party system

If the meeting host organization allows it, you can join a video meeting from a third-party conferencing system.

  1. In Google Calendar, click the event you want to join.
  2. Select More joining options.
  3. Select Third-party systems.
  4. Follow the instructions to join from your system.

What you cannot do

If you join from a third-party system, you can’t use Meet to control functions, such as your camera or microphone. Instead, use the third-party controls.

For example, you can’t take the following actions from your third-party system:

  • See or write in-meeting chat.
  • Start or stop Meet recordings.
  • Admit or block other participants.
  • Mute or unmute other participants.

Other Meet participants cannot mute your room.

Join a video meeting without a Google Account

Important: The following information is for Meetings organized by Google Workspace users.

You don't need a Google Account to participate in Meet video meetings. However, if you don’t have a Google Account, the meeting organizer or someone from the organization must grant you access to the meeting.

Tip: If you are not signed into a Google or Gmail account, you cannot join using your mobile device.

 Join a video meeting with a meeting link

  1. Open the chat message or email with the meeting link > click the meeting link.
  2. Click Ask to join.
  3. When someone in the meeting gives you access, you’ll join it.

Join a video meeting from Meet

  1. Go to meet.google.com.
  2. Click Use a meeting code.
  3. Enter the code and click Continue.
  4. Click Ask to join.
  5. When someone in the meeting gives you access, you’ll join it.

Other notes

When you join a meeting, your meeting identifier (email address, or phone number for dial-in) will be shared with the meeting host domain for troubleshooting and audit purposes.

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