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Join a meeting

You can join a video call with Google Meet.

Who can join a video meeting?

Personal account users

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

As a personal account user, you can join the following:

  • All meetings that you are invited to by someone with a personal account. 
  • Some meetings that you are invited to by someone with a Google Workspace account. 
    • Tip: Google Workspace admins control whether their users can invite others with a personal Google Account, so you can only attend meetings organised by Workspace users whose admins allow them to invite personal account users.
Important: You may get an invitation for meetings that you can’t join. If you try to join, you will reach an error page.

Google Workspace Individual subscriber

You're a Google Workspace Individual subscriber if you use Google Meet through your paid Workspace Individual account.

As a Workspace Individual subscriber, you can join:

  • All meetings that you're invited to by someone with a personal or Workspace Individual subscriber account.
  • Some meetings that you're invited to by someone with another Google Workspace account.
    Tip: Google Workspace admins control whether their meeting organisers can invite others with a Workspace Individual account to their meetings. You can only attend meetings organised by Workspace users whose admins allow them to invite Workspace Individual subscriber account users.
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 which meetings you can join. By default, you can attend any meetings organised by any Google Workspace user, but your admin can make it so that you can only join the following: 

  • Meetings organised by someone in your organisation
  • Meetings organised by any Google Workspace or personal user 

By default, Higher Education users with accounts created after 09/05/21 can join any meetings organised by any Google Workspace user. By default, Higher Education users with accounts created before 09/05/2021 can join any meetings organised by both Workspace and personal account users. 

Important: You may get an invitation for meetings that 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 which meetings you can join. By default, you can attend any meetings organised by any Google Workspace or personal user, but your admin can make it so that you can only join the following: 

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

Who needs to request to join a video meeting?

Personal account users

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

  • Anyone with a personal account that you have invited 
  • Anyone in a chat room where a meeting link was created
  • Any Google Workspace users that you have invited whose admin allows them to join meetings organised by personal Google Account users

Anyone who isn’t signed in to a Google Account can’t join your meetings.

Important: 

  • Users who are invited but can’t join a meeting may still receive an invitation. If they aren’t allowed in the meeting and they try to join, they will reach an error page.
Google Workspace Individual subscriber

As a Workspace Individual subscriber, anyone can join your meetings by default. This includes anyone: 

  • Signed in to a personal or Workspace account
  • On a desktop that isn't signed into a Google Account
  • Dialling in to your meetings 
  • In a chat room where a meeting link was created

Important:

  • To join meetings hosted by Workspace Individual subscribers, admins must first allow users to join meetings outside their domain.
  • If users outside your organisation are allowed to join chat rooms or group conversations, they’re allowed to join video meetings created in that room.

Google Workspace for Education users

As a Google Workspace for Education user, by default, anyone can join your meetings. This includes anyone:

  • Signed in to a Google Account (personal or Workspace) 
  • Dialling in using a phone
  • In a chat room where a meeting link was created 

Your Google Workspace admin can change this.

Your admin can choose one of the following:  

  • Anyone in your organisation 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 in to a Google Account

Important: 

  • Users who are invited but can’t join a meeting may still receive an invitation. 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:

  • Signed in to a personal or Workspace account
  • On a desktop that isn't signed in to a Google Account
  • Dialling in to your meetings
  • In a chat room where a meeting link was created

Your Google Workspace admin can change this setting.

Your admin can choose one of the following: 

  • Anyone in your organisation 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 in to a Google Account 

Important: 

  • Users who are invited but can’t join a meeting may still receive an invitation. 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 that 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 five people join. After that, you 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 organisation. This feature is currently only available to Google Workspace 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 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 on-screen prompts to join the meeting.

Tip: Only participants on the calendar invite can enter without an explicit request to join meetings. Participants not on the calendar invite must request to join a meeting by 'knocking', which must be accepted by the meeting organiser. 

Use a phone to dial in to a meeting
Important: You can only dial into meetings with a phone if the meeting is organised 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 organisation or have a different Google Workspace edition from the event organiser. If you’re in the organiser'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 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 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 organisation turns on Meet Global Dialling, more international numbers are available. Long-distance and usage charges from your phone operator may 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 the meeting host organisation allows it, you can join a video meeting from a third-party conferencing system.
  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 can't 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 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 organiser or someone from the organisation must grant you access to the meeting.
Tip: If you are not signed in to 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, we share your meeting identifier with the meeting host domain for troubleshooting and audit purposes. A meeting identifier is your email address or your phone number, if you called in to the meeting.
  • For users on Meet with a personal Google Account: When a user flagged as abusive in a meeting tries to join another meeting, the moderator gets this message: 'This person is suspected of being abusive in the past.'

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