In this unprecedented time in history, we’ve seen millions of businesses across India adapt to the new normal of working remotely and learning from home. It is human nature to connect, and video conferencing plays a pivotal role here.
Google recorded more than 3 million new users connecting on Google Meet every day as of this month, spending over 3 billion minutes a day together. That’s a massive 30x jump from the numbers they saw earlier in January. And today, they rolled out their premium video conferencing tool, Google Meet free for everyone to Gmail.
Starting May, anyone with an email address can create a Google Account and use Meet to schedule, join or start secure video meetings with anyone — whether it’s a virtual dance class, a weekly book club, neighborhood meetings, or any other reason to connect with your community, friends, and family.
Until today, Google Meet was only available as part of G Suite, Now, it is freely available on the web at meet.google.com and via mobile apps for iOS or Android. And if you use Google Calendar, you can easily start or join from there too.
How to use Google Meet on Gmail:
- Open Gmail.
- In the sidebar, click Start a meeting.
- In the Meet window, choose an option to join the meeting:
- To join using your computer’s camera for video and your computer’s microphone for audio, click Join now.
- Using your phone for audio, click Join and use a phone for audio and then follow the on-screen prompts.
- If you join by phone, you can still use your computer for video. For details, go to Use a phone for audio in a video meeting.
- Once in the meeting, add other people:
- Share a meeting code: click Copy joining info, then paste it into a messaging app.
- Invite someone by email: click Add people and then enter name or email address and then click Send invite.
- Invite someone by phone: click and then Add people.
- Click Call and then enter a phone number.