A week earlier, Google was mulling over possibilities to integrate Meet with Gmail, directly. Now, we have learned, that the tech giant has officially rolled out the Google Meet for everyone. And it’s completely free. So, let us quickly walk you through the process to set up and use Google Meet inside Gmail.
How to join Google Meet inside Gmail for free
Google Meet was originally built for secure business meetings but in a likely effort to stop the videoconferencing powerhouse – Zoom, Google expanded the service for free to anyone with a Gmail account. Read along to find how to join Google Meet by sending an invite in Gmail.
- Open your Gmail account.
- Locate the Meet option in the left panel.
- Choose the desired option (Start a meeting or Join a meeting).
- Add people by entering their email ID.
- Send invites to join.
- Start or join face-to-face video calls from Gmail.
Before you start your first video call, check the system requirements, and make sure the service has access to your Camera and the Microphone is not turned off. So, when prompted to use your computer’s camera and microphone, click Allow.
How to send Google Meet invite in Gmail
If all things are in place, open your Gmail.
Click Start a meeting Video call.
Instantly, your meetings window should open as a new screen. To enter the call, click Join now.
To send the Meet link from inside Gmail, tap the Info icon as shown in the image above and copy the link.
Then add people. For this, click the People icon at the bottom of the screen then, add people.
Pick names from the Suggestions or simply add the name or email ID of the person. When done, hit the Invite link, under Add People window.
Once the invitee receives the link, he can click it to join the meeting.
His image should become visible to you.
Now, you can invite more people in a similar way and conduct your business as usual. If required, you can switch to chatting. There’s an option for it!
How to Share Screens on Google Meet
In addition to the above, Google Meet has some advanced features like a Scheduling and Sharing screen. You can choose an option as per your requirement.
For example, to share the screen, just click the Present now icon, located at the bottom of the screen.
Then, choose the Entire Screen option seen under the Present heading.
Then, press the Share button as shown in the image above.
You can stop screen sharing anytime by just hitting the Stop sharing button at the bottom.
Google Meet Settings
There’s a Settings window that you can access via the More options menu (visible as 3 vertical dots, adjacent to the End Meet button).
Here, you can adjust the screen resolution. By default, the video quality is set to Standard Definition. You can change it to High Definition and improve the video quality.
The good part about using Google Meet is even Non-Gmail users can access Google Meet if they have a Google account. Moreover, you don’t need a Gmail account to create a Google account.
Update – Google Now offers a dedicated option to start a new meeting or join a meeting inside Gmail. You can find the option just below your profile pic.
Hope it makes sense!