What's new in Google Meet

Learn about the new features and enhancements available in Google Meet.
Learn more about Meet security
Meet's security controls are turned on by default, so in most cases you don't need to take extra steps to ensure the right protections are in place. Learn more about Google Meet security privacy for administrators and how Google Meet keeps your video conferences protected.

February 2021

End meeting for all 

Moderators in education meetings can choose to end a meeting for all participants or allow participants to stay on the call after they leave. Learn how to End a meeting for all participants

Mute all for Education users

Education meeting organizers can mute all participants at the same time. Learn how to Mute all participants.

Preview how you look and sound before a video call

Before you join a Google Meet video call, use the green room self-check to quickly preview your background and hear your audio. Learn more about green room self check.

December 2020

New languages for Google Meet captions
We’ve added more language options for captions. Meet users in Asia Pacific or EMEA regions on a desktop can now use captions in:
  • French 
  • German
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Spanish (Mexico)
  • Spanish (Spain)
Learn how to Use captions in a video call.

November 2020

Updates to attendance tracking
We've made updates to attendance tracking:
  • More Workspace users have access to attendance tracking. 
  • You can now receive reports for live streams. 
  • Eligible Workspace admins can turn attendance tracking and live stream reporting on or off for their domain.
  • Attendance tracking and live stream reporting can be turned on or off from Google Calendar or during a Meet video call.

Learn more about all the updates to attendance tracking. 

Updates to breakout rooms in Google Meet
Since October, we've made updates to breakout rooms:
  • Breakout rooms are available to more Workspace users.
  • Dial-in users can use breakout rooms.
  • Participants can ask for help while in a breakout room.
  • You can add a timer to breakout rooms.

 Learn more about all the updates to Breakout rooms.

Hand Raising with Google Meet
You can virtually raise your hand in a Google Meet video call to let the moderator know you want to speak. Learn about Hand Raising with Google Meet.
Start and Join a Google Meet video call through Google Hangouts
Google Hangouts users can now share a Google Meet video call link through the Hangouts app to start and join Google Meet video calls. Learn how to Start a Meet video call in Google Hangouts.
Accept knocks in bulk in Google Meet
You can now accept all pending knocks in bulk in Google Meet. To help limit interruptions during the video call, admit all participants at once. Learn how to Bulk admit participants to a video call.

October 2020

Change your Background in Google Meet
You can change your background while using Google Meet from a computer. Blur your background is now available on mobile devices. Learn more about changing your background in Google Meet.
New look for the Google Meet Android App 
Google Meet Android app has a new look. Learn more about the updated Google Meet Android app
Try breakout rooms in Google Meet
Moderators can use breakout rooms to divide participants into smaller groups in Google Meet. Learn how to use breakout rooms in Google Meet.
Dial-in from more countries with Google Meet

We added dial-in phone numbers for 8 additional countries to use in Google Meet. Learn which new countries/regions are eligible for dial-in.

Ask questions or conduct polls on Google Meet

Increase engagement with Q&A and polls in Google Meet.

September 2020

Filter out noise during Google Meet meetings on mobile
Filter out noise when you use Google Meet on your mobile device. Learn how to use noise cancellation on mobile.
Get attendance reports for education users on Google Meet
Google Workspace for Education Plus users can get Google Meet Attendance reports. Learn how to track attendance with Google Meet.
Use a whiteboard in Google Meet
Host collaborative sessions with a new digital whiteboard in Google Meet. Learn how to use a whiteboard in Google Meet.
Updates to tiled view
View yourself and up to 49 people in Google Meet. Learn about the improvements to tiled view.
Blur your background in Google Meet
To limit distractions, you can now blur your background. You appear in focus while everything behind you is blurred. Learn how to blur your background.
Added participant controls for education users in Google Meet
Google Workspace for Education meeting creators and calendar owners can now manage who can join their meetings. Learn more about Google Meet participant controls.  
New look for the Google Meet iOS app
Google Meet iOS mobile app has a new look. Learn more about the updated Google Meet iOS app.
Present & chat capabilities for education users
Meeting creators and calendar owners of Google Workspace for Education accounts have new meeting safety controls. They can now manage who can share their screen and send chat messages. Learn more about added present and chat capabilities.

August 2020

Cast Google Meet to your TV
Use a screen other than your computer or mobile device for Google Meet. You can cast Google Meet to your Chromecast, Chromecast built-in TV, or Nest smart display. Learn how to cast Google Meet.
Block participants from knocking again
We’ve made changes to “knocking”, how participants request to join a meeting, in Google Meet to reduce disruptions. Learn how to block participants from knocking again.

July 2020

Blocking anonymous users from education meetings on Google Meet
Anonymous users are now blocked by default from Google Meet meetings organized by Google Workspace for Education Plus or Google Workspace for Education Fundamentals. Learn more about anonymous users and Google Meet privacy.

June 2020

Filter out noise in video meetings
To help limit interruptions to your meeting, Meet can now filter out background noise such as keyboard typing, doors opening and closing, and construction outside your window. Cloud-based AI is used to remove noise from your audio input while still letting your voice through. Learn more about Noise cancellation.
Meet in Gmail for Mobile

We will soon be introducing a dedicated Meet tab in the Gmail iOS and Android mobile apps. Participants will be able to join secure video meetings directly in Gmail without needing to open another app on their phone. Learn more about Meet in Gmail for Mobile.

Improvements to tiled layouts

When you choose a layout, it is automatically saved as your preferred layout. This means it will be automatically applied to future meetings unless you change it. Learn how to set your layout preference.

Saved layout preferences

When you choose a layout, it is automatically saved as your preferred layout. This means it will be automatically applied to future meetings unless you change it. Learn how to set your layout preference.

May 2020

Hide or show Meet in Gmail

You can now control whether Meet appears in your Gmail sidebar. Learn more about showing or hiding Google Meet in Gmail.

Meet premium video meetings—free for everyone

We are making Meet, our premium video conferencing product, free for everyone. Meet is a secure and reliable video conferencing solution that’s trusted by schools, governments and enterprises. Anyone with an email address can sign up for Meet and enjoy many of the same features available to our business and education users, such as simple scheduling and screen sharing, real-time captions, and layouts that adapt to your preference, including an expanded tiled view. Learn more about Google Meet premium video meetings.

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April 2020

Tiled layout for larger calls

See and be seen in larger video meetings with a grid layout

How to use it: Team meetings, celebrations, virtual classrooms, or any other large meetings that require you to see and connect with multiple participants at once.

Learn more at See up to 16 Google Meet participants at once with tiled layout.

Meet in Gmail for web

Create and join meetings from Gmail on the web

How to use it: Save time and keep your place without switching between meetings and your inbox—join and start meetings directly from Gmail (web only).

Learn more at Start or join a Google Meet video meeting directly from Gmail.

Present high-quality video and audio in Meet

Share full-motion videos to enhance presentations

How to use it: Present high-quality, full-motion videos (up to 30 fps) during a meeting.

Learn more at .

Low-light mode on mobile devices

Automatically adjust video in low-light conditions (mobile only)

How to use it: When you’re calling in from your mobile device, low-light mode updates video quality so you can engage confidently from wherever you are.

Learn more at Video conference anywhere with low-light mode for Google Meet on mobile.

March 2020

New controls for education accounts

For education accounts, only the meeting creator, calendar event owner, or person who sets up a meeting on an in-room hardware device can mute or remove video meeting participants. This ensures student participants can’t mute or remove one another or the teacher. (This automatic restriction is being applied to all education accounts, starting March 19, 2020.) Learn more about controls for education accounts.

December 2019

Support for Internet Explorer 11

You can now use Google Meet with Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 11. To use Meet with Internet Explorer, download the latest version of the support plugin. For details on the current limitations with Internet Explorer 11, go to Limitations.

October 2019

Increased participant limits

  • If you have an Enterprise edition, you can now host meetings with up to 250 participants.
  • There are increased participant limits for all other Google Workspace editions. New maximum participant limits: Google Workspace Enterprise (250), G Suite Business (150), and G Suite Basic (100).

International dial-in numbers available in more editions

International Google Meet dial-in phone numbers for Google Workspace Enterprise customers is now extended to new meetings organized by G Suite Business, Google Workspace for Education Plus, and G Suite Basic customers.
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