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FAQ

  • What’s the difference between classic Google Hangouts and the new 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 calls 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 30

    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

    Classic Hangouts

    Same

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

    Different

    • Other G Suite products such as Gmail, and Inbox
    • 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

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    Classic Hangouts

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    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 do I know if I'm using Hangouts Meet or classic Hangouts?

    Aside from Hangout Meet's new logo Hangout Meet icon and look, you can check the location of the participants’ list and meeting controls to see which version you're using.

     

    Hangouts Meet

    Classic Hangouts

     

    Web address

    Hangouts Meet

    Classic Hangouts

     

    Participants

    Hangouts Meet

    Right of the screen

    Classic Hangouts

    Bottom of the screen

     

    Meeting controls

    Hangouts Meet

    Bottom of the screen

    Classic Hangouts

    Top of the screen

  • 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?

    Hangouts Meet—Up to 25 (G Suite Basic and Business) or 30 (G Suite Enterprise) people at a time.

    Classic Hangouts—Up to 25 people at a time.

  • How do I access video meetings?

    For more information, see Get started with Hangouts Meet and Get started with classic Hangouts.

     

    Hangouts Meet

    Classic Hangouts

     

    Web address

    Hangouts Meet

    Classic Hangouts

     

    Mobile device

    Hangouts Meet

    Hangouts Meet app

    Classic Hangouts

    Classic Hangouts app

     

    Other G Suite products

    Hangouts Meet

    Gmail, Inbox, Calendar

    Classic Hangouts

    Gmail, Inbox, Calendar

  • Do I need a G Suite account to join a video meeting?

    Hangouts Meet

    • 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).

    Classic Hangouts

    • To create a video meeting, you need a G Suite account.
    • To join a video meeting, you need to use Safari, Internet Explorer, or Chrome (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?

    Hangouts Meet—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.

    Classic Hangouts—Yes. You can grant access to external participants through a combination of Calendar permissions and invites. Learn more about requirements for external guests.

  • What are the system requirements for using video meetings?

    Hangouts Meet—Chrome browser, a web camera, and a microphone. Learn more about system requirements.

    Classic Hangouts—Supported Internet browser (Safari, Internet Explorer, or Chrome), a web camera, and a microphone. Learn more about system requirements for different devices.