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Differences at a glance

Now that you’ve switched from classic Google Hangouts to Hangouts Meet, here are some tips on beginning to use Meet to manage your video meetings. You’ll find many similar features—and additional benefits—when you use Meet.

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Feature

hangouts Before, in classic Hangouts

hangouts Now, in Hangouts Meet

Feature
Ways to join a video meeting

hangouts Before, in classic Hangouts

  • Google Calendar event
  • Chrome devices for meetings
  • Other G Suite products, such as Gmail and Inbox by Gmail
  • The Hangouts app
  • Dial-out phone invites for external participants
  • A participant’s email address

hangouts Now, in Hangouts Meet

Join a video meeting just like in classic Hangouts. New ways include:

  • The Meet app
  • Dial in to meetings created by G Suite Enterprise users
  • A meeting code on web and mobile
  • Copy the meeting link from the browser address bar or in the meeting details box, and send to someone. If someone tries to join who was not invited to the meeting, a meeting participant from your organization must accept their request.
Feature

Number of video participants

hangouts Before, in classic Hangouts

Up to 25.

hangouts Now, in Hangouts Meet

Up to 25 without G Suite Enterprise. Up to 50 with G Suite Enterprise.

Feature

Start a video meeting

hangouts Before, in classic Hangouts

  • From Microsoft® Outlook® and Calendar
  • Start a video call on the go

hangouts Now, in Hangouts Meet

  • From Calendar
  • Start a video meeting on the go
Feature

Who can start a video meeting

hangouts Before, in classic Hangouts

  • Anyone in the host’s domain
  • Anyone with a Google Account

hangouts Now, in Hangouts Meet

  • Anyone in the host’s domain
  • Anyone else already invited
Feature

Settings for who can join a video meeting

hangouts Before, in classic Hangouts

  • People in your domain
  • External guests (by invitation only)

hangouts Now, in Hangouts Meet

Anyone, but guests may need to be accepted by someone in your organization.

Feature

Joining a video meeting via dial-in

hangouts Before, in classic Hangouts

Dial-out phone invites for external participants.

hangouts Now, in Hangouts Meet

A number that’s auto-suggested in Calendar*. Tap twice to join a meeting by phone.

 

*G Suite Enterprise only

Feature

Requirements to participate in a video meeting

hangouts Before, in classic Hangouts

  • Present content and participate fully from a Chrome browser.
  • Download Hangouts app on mobile to present and participate fully.

hangouts Now, in Hangouts Meet

  • Present and participate fully from a Chrome browser.
  • Download Meet app to participate fully on mobile devices.
Feature

Bandwidth requirements for meetings

hangouts Before, in classic Hangouts

  • Inbound (with 5 participants): 3.2 Mbps
  • Inbound (with 10+ participants): 4.0 Mbps

hangouts Now, in Hangouts Meet

  • Outbound from the participant in all situations: 3.2 Mbps
  • Inbound to the participant with 6 or more participants: 3.4 Mbps
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Start and join video meetings

You can start and join a video meeting lots of different ways in Meet.
To learn more, see Get started with Hangouts Meet.

2.1

Schedule a video meeting from Calendar.

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2.2

Start or join a video meeting.

Start a video meeting from a Chrome browser.
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Start a video meeting from your mobile device.
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2.3

Join a video meeting.

In Calendar, click the event you want to join.
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Click the meeting link in a text or email.
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In Meet, join a scheduled meeting or use a meeting code.
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Dial in to a meeting from a phone.
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2.4

Work with video meetings.

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3

Do more with Meet

3.1

Give a presentation to people in a video meeting. Learn more

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3.2

Share links and resources in a meeting using group chat. Learn more

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3.3

Record a video meeting and save it to Google Drive. Learn more

None
3.4

Dial in to a meeting when you don't have internet access. Learn more

None
3.5

Hold impromptu video meetings. Learn more

None
3.6

Make video meetings on the go. Learn more

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