How To Use Google Meet?

The popular app from Google lets you connect with people via video conferencing.


In a short time, Google Meet has become one of the go-to options for video conferencing. Thanks to work-from-home policies and online classes, it serves millions of users every day.

Previously known as “Hangouts Meet,” it has consistently improved and expanded its features to compete with other popular video conferencing platforms like Zoom. At the moment, it provides several helpful features such as large-scale group calls, live captions, custom video backgrounds, etc.

All these enhancements, along with the reputation of the “Google” name, have allowed the Zoom-clone to emerge as a fast-growing conferencing solution. Besides individuals, it also caters to entire organizations by offering services tailored to their needs.

Although the video-calling service is free, it also comes with a paid version for those who want “advanced” features. These features include longer and larger video calls, polls, video session recordings, and more.

If you’re looking to try out Google Meet, then follow the instructions given below. Also, make sure you have already created or logged in to your Google account.

Steps To Use Google Meet

How To Create A Video Conference Session On Google Meet?

On Desktop/Laptop:

  1. Log in to your Google account.
  2. Click on the menu button (next to your profile picture) and select Meet, or go to “”
google meet in menu

3. Click on “New Meeting” and choose if you want to start a session right away, schedule for later, or add it to Google Calendar.

4. Selecting “Create a meeting for later” will give you a link to the session that you can keep for later, whereas clicking on “Start an instant meeting” will begin the session and then give you the shareable link. Choosing the third option will help you add a Google Meet event to Google Calendar.

New meeting options

5. Once you visit the link, give the camera and microphone access when prompted. Your video and audio feed will now stream to other participants in the session.

6. Use the controls shown at the junction to manage your session. The first two buttons enable/disable your camera or mic. The centermost button allows you to present your screen content. The three-dots button lets you access Options. The red button is for exiting the video call.

google meet controls

On Mobile:

  1. Open the Meet app and log in with your Google account.
  2. Follow from Step 3 to Step 5 as mentioned in the previous section.
  3. You’ll see a shareable link that you can give to others who want to join the session.
  4. Use the controls at the bottom to end a meeting (red button), enable/disable the camera or microphone access (camera and mic icon buttons), and go to Options (three dots). The two buttons at the top-right switch between your smartphone’s cameras and enable/disable the speaker audio.
google meet app controls

How To Join A Video Conference Session On Google Meet?

On Desktop/Laptop:

  1. Follow Step 1 and Step 2 from the previous section.
  2. Enter the invite code in the field next to “New Meeting” and hit the “Join” button.
google meet session invite link

3. Click on “Join now” to join the video call or select “Present” and follow the on-screen instructions to share your screen content.

google meet join screen

4. Grant the camera and mic permissions when prompted.

5. Refer to Step 6 from the previous section to get a gist of the user controls.

On Mobile:

  1. Open the Meet app and log in with your Google account.
  2. Click on “Join with a code.”
  3. Enter the code and tap on “Join.” If you want to share your screen content right away, select “Share screen” and follow the on-screen instructions.
google meet app join screen

So, those are the basics of Google Meet. Now you know how to create or join a session on Google’s thriving video conference platform. If you have further questions, comment down below or look it up on our website.

Priye Rai

Priye Rai

Priye is a tech writer who writes about anything remotely related to tech, including gaming, smartphones, social media, etc. He prefers to be called a "video game journalist" and grimaces when he doesn't get to be "Player 1." If you want to share feedback or talk about games, reach out to @priyeakapj on Twitter.
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