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In order to compete in the field of enterprise video conferencing, Google Meet (formerly called Google Hangouts) is a more quasi system version of Zoom. If you are looking for a free and secure alternative to Zoom, please follow the method below to start Google Video Conference.
The free version of Google Meet allows you to add up to 100 participants, and the meeting time is limited to 60 minutes (much better than the 40 minute limit of Zoom).
Google Meet calls are encrypted end-to-end (directly mining Zoom), but you need a Google or Gmail account to create or join Google Meet calls.
You can use Google Meet in a web browser on your computer or in iPhone and Android mobile applications.
Note: In view of the current global popularity of COVID-19, Google Video Conference has cancelled the 60 minute time limit before September 30, 2020.
How to create a Google video conference
You can initiate a Google meet video conference from your Gmail inbox. In your left sidebar, you will find a new "Meet" section. Here, click the Start Meeting button to open Google Meet in a new window.
You can also integrate Google Meet video calls directly into Google Calendar. In your Google Calendar, click the Create button, and then select the Add Google Meet Video Conference button to immediately create a Google Meet at the selected time.
When you open Google Meet, it displays your upcoming calls.
Then, you can copy the Google Meet link or click the "Join Google Meet" button to jump directly to the call.
But the easiest way to start a Google Meet video conference is to visit the Google Meet website.
After opening the page, make sure that you have logged in to the Google account (work or personal) of your choice. When you start a video call, click the Start Meeting button.
From the next page, you can check your video and microphone audio. You can also click the microphone and video icons to disable their calls. When you are ready, click the Join Now button.
The Google Meet video conference starts now. You will be prompted to add people. You can click "Copy joining information" to copy text and call links, or click the "Add people" button to invite Google users.
In the Add People window, search for and add the contacts you want to invite. Then click the Send Email button to send the invitation.
After the user opens the link and clicks the "Request to join" button, the system will prompt you whether to invite them to join. You will see the name associated with their Google account. Click the Acknowledge button to add them to the call.
How to join Google Meet video conference
If you're on the other side, it's like a simple process. All you need to join Google Meet is a valid Google account. (Not necessarily a G Suite account.)
You may have received a conference code or a link to join Google Meet.
If you receive a conference code, please visit the Google Meet website, enter the conference code in the text box, and then click the "Join" button.
If you receive a link, simply open the link in your browser.
Google Meet will now show you a preview of your camera on the left. You can also test your microphone by speaking into the microphone and observing the green waveform in the lower left corner. If you do not want to join with the camera or microphone enabled, click the Video or Microphone button.
When you are ready, click the "Request to Join" button.
Once the moderator lets you in, you can join the video conference.
If you want to switch to a different view, click the Menu button.
Here, select the Change Layout option.
From here, you can switch to the sidebar, Spotlight, or tile layout (similar to the gallery view of Zoom).
From the menu, you can also switch to full screen mode, change audio and video settings, and share your screen using the demo feature.
You will find all meeting options on the bottom line. You can click the Microphone or Video button to disable the microphone or camera, respectively. You can also mute others in a Google Meet call.
When the call is finished, click the red "End Call" button.
Google Meet will ask if you want to rejoin the call. Click the Back to Home button to return to the home page of Google Meet. Here you can start or join another call.
Do you spend a lot of working time on Google Meet video calls? You should spend some time learning Google Meet keyboard shortcuts.