Join a video meeting

You can join a video call with Google Meet.

Who can join a video meeting?

G Suite users (using Google Meet with a work or school account).

If you're a G Suite Essentials user, find the G Suite Essentials users section below.

If you’re a G Suite for Education user, you can find the G Suite for Education users section below.

Non-G Suite users (using Google Meet with a personal account).
  • People in your organisation who are signed in to their G Suite account.
  • People outside of your organisation who are added to the Google Calendar event and have a Google Account.
  • People outside your organisation who are invited during the meeting by a participant.
  • Anyone with a Google Account can start or join a meeting.
  • Anyone with a Google Account who receives an in-call invitation from the Meeting organiser.

Who needs to request to join a video meeting?

  • People who aren’t added to the Calendar event.
  • Web users only – people who don't have a Google Account. This is applicable for meetings created by Google Workspace users. For any meetings created by personal account users, you will need a Google Account to request joining the meeting.
  • Google Workspace users only: People outside your organisation who use G Suite for Education. Anyone in the meeting can grant access. Someone from your organisation in the video meeting can also grant access.

Tip: A chime sounds as the first five people join. After that, you'll receive a silent notification for all new participants.

G Suite Essentials users

If your organisation has G Suite Essentials, you can join a meeting directly. Anyone outside of the organisation has to be admitted by the meeting participants.

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 will not be allowed to join Google Meet video calls created by personal Google Accounts.

Anonymous users, or users who are not signed in to a Google Account, will not be able to join meetings organised 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 G Suite support and request an exception. This exception also allows participants using interoperability services, like Pexip, to join meetings. Learn about known issues with Google Meet.

Join a video meeting

Join a video meeting from Gmail

Join a video meeting from a Google Calendar event

Find your scheduled meetings in Calendar and quickly join a video meeting.
  1. In Google Calendar, click the event that you want to join.
  2. Click Join with Google Meet.
  3. In the window that opens, click Join Now
If your G Suite 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 Join or start a meeting.
  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 organisation. This feature is currently only available to G Suite users.
    • If your organisation 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 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.

Dial in to a meeting using a phone

Important: You can only dial in to meetings with a phone if the meeting is organised by a G Suite user.

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

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

You can be in a different organisation or have a different G Suite edition from the event organiser. If you’re in the organiser's corporate directory, participants can see your name in the meeting, otherwise they can only see 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 recognised.

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 G Suite editions include a US phone number. G Suite Essentials, Enterprise Essentials, Basic, Business, Enterprise and Enterprise for Education editions also support international numbers in Meet video meetings. Regular call charges apply.

Mute or unmute your phone

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

  • Press *6.
  • Set your phone's volume to 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 dialling 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 your organisation allows it, you can join a video meeting from a third-party conferencing system.

Tip: To join video meetings from third-party video conferencing systems, your G Suite administrator needs to have interoperability turned on.

  1. In Google Calendar, click the event that 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 organised by G Suite 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 organiser or someone from the organisation 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.

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