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  • Start and join video meetings
  • Present your screen
  • Send chat messages
  • Record a video meeting

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FAQ

  • What’s the difference between classic Google Hangouts and Hangouts Meet?

    Hangouts Meet takes away the hassle of requiring accounts, plugins, or downloads for teammates and clients to join a meeting. With a more efficient design, it's faster and easier to start your video meetings immediately—all you need is the shareable URL. Here are some other key differences:

    Feature

    Hangouts Meet

    Classic Hangouts

    Feature

    Number of video call participants

    Hangouts Meet

    • G Suite Basic, Business: up to 25.
    • G Suite Enterprise: up to 50.

    Classic Hangouts

    Up to 25.

    Feature

    Ways to join a video call

    Hangouts Meet

    Same

    • Google Calendar.
    • Hangouts Meet app.
    • Chrome devices for meetings.

    Different

    • Simple URL access.
    • Meeting code.
    • Dial in to meetings by calling a local phone number.
    • Third-party video conferencing systems.

    Classic Hangouts

    Same

    • Google Calendar.
    • Classic Hangouts app.
    • Chrome devices for
      meetings.

    Different

    • Other G Suite products such as Gmail.
    • Dial out phone invite for external participants.

    Feature

    Send chat messages in video calls

    Hangouts Meet

    • The web.
    • Android, iOS.
    • You can only receive chat messages on Chromebox for Meetings.

    Classic Hangouts

    The web.

    Feature

    Present documents or entire screen.

    Hangouts Meet

    check 

    Classic Hangouts

    check 

    Feature

    External participants

    Hangouts Meet

    Clear and simple access—grant access to any participant using a single shared link.

    Classic Hangouts

    Manage access through a combination of Calendar permissions and invites. Learn more

    Feature

    Platforms supported

    Hangouts Meet

    • Android (phone only).
    • iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch).
    • Chrome browser only.
    • Chromebox for meetings.

    Classic Hangouts

    • Android.
    • iOS.
    • Safari, Internet Explorer, and Chrome web browsers (with plugins).
    • Chromebox for meetings.
  • How can I switch from classic Hangouts to Hangouts Meet?

    Your G Suite administrator controls which one your organization uses. If you want to switch, contact your admin.

  • How many people can join a video meeting?

    Up to 25 (G Suite Basic and Business) or 50 (G Suite Enterprise) people at a time.

  • How do I access video meetings?

    Choose an option:

    • Web addressmeet.google.com
    • Mobile device—Hangouts Meet app.
    • Other G Suite products—Gmail, Calendar.

    For more information, see Get started with Hangouts Meet.

  • Do I need a G Suite account to join a video meeting?
    • To create a video meeting, you need a G Suite account.
    • To join a video meeting, you need the Chrome Browser (no G Suite account required).
  • If my organization is using Hangouts Meet, can I still join a classic Hangouts video meeting?

    Yes, just click the link to the video meeting or enter the meeting ID for the video meeting you want to join at meet.google.com.

  • Can people outside my organization join my video meetings?

    Yes. You can grant access to external participants using a single shared link. However, someone from your organization needs to accept them to the meeting first.

  • What are the system requirements for using video meetings?

    Chrome Browser, a web camera, and a microphone. Learn more about system requirements.