Google Meet: video conferencing at your fingertips

Update: New remote learning controls for Education

Google continues to improve video conferencing for educators. Here are a few recent updates.

  • In March 2020, Google announced new Google Meet controls for educators. The new controls include restrictions on who can mute or remove meeting participants, as well as who can re-join a customized/nicknamed meeting after all participants (including the meeting owner) have left.
  • In June 2020, Google announced improvements to Google Meet person layouts including a new tiled view.
  • In August 2020, Google announced the ability to block Google Meet participants from knocking again. Knocking is when participants request to join a meeting—usually required for participants who aren’t logged in to a Google account or weren’t invited to the meeting. Because this can be abused, this new feature gives meeting creators a way to control misuse.
  • In September 2020, Google announced presentation and chat Meet moderator capabilities for education users. The new options give meeting creators/calendar owners the ability to control who is allowed to present to a meeting as well as who is allowed to use meeting chat.

Notice: Premium features will be removed September 30, 2020! (updated)

To help education institutions stay in touch during the COVID-19 pandemic, Google enabled a number of premium features. Google Meet sessions could now host up to 250 participants, be live-streamed to up to 100,000 participants, and recorded!

These temporary features will end on September 30, 2020. Soon thereafter, users will still be able to record meetings, however they will lose the ability to permanently store or download them. Instead, the meetings will be available for streaming for 30 days before being deleted.

Google Meet is a video conferencing service that enables you to join virtual meetings via audio, video, chat, and screen sharing. There are no time limits, and telephone dial-in to a U.S. phone number is provided; dial-out is free to the United States and Canada.

Google Meet is one of the core services in G Suite for Education, which means it is free to the entire university. While Google Meet is primarily used with a web browser, you may also use Android and iOS mobile-device apps or Chrome devices.

Joining a meeting

There are a number of ways to join a Google Meet session, including

Re-usable, custom meeting URLs

Did you know you can create a Google Meet URL with your own custom meeting nickname? And then you can re-use it as a standing meeting room for university participants.

  1. Visit meet.google.com.
  2. Select Join or Start a meeting.
  3. When prompted, enter a custom meeting nickname.
    A nickname is a meaningful phase, such as “our-meeting”.
  4. Select Continue and then Join now.

You may now bookmark the meeting URL and re-use it later. The meeting will retain the nickname.

Need help?

Visit our Google Meet service page to learn more about the great features. If you have questions or encounter any issues, contact IT Services for assistance.

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