How to use Hangouts Meet

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Preliminary information

Hangouts Meet, also known as Google Meet, is a video conferencing service developed by Google, available free of charge both on computers, smartphones and tablets. Through Hangouts Meet it is therefore possible to create meetings and participate in them.

A Google Meet meeting can have a maximum duration of 60 minutes with the limit of 100 participants, if you don't have an account G Suite. For owners of a G Suite account, however, it is possible to extend these limitations, respectively, up to 24 hour meeting e 250 participants.

If you need to get all the features of Google Meet, then you need to purchase a G Suite subscription plan, starting with 4,68 euro / month. If you want more information about it, I suggest you read my guide on how to create a G Suite account.

Alternatively, you can also use the free version of the service, by logging in with a common free Google account. If you don't already have one, my advice is to follow the directions I gave you in my guide on how to create a Google account.

How to use Hangouts Meet on PC

Be vuoi scoprire how to use Hangouts Meet on PC, know that to succeed in this intent it is not necessary to install any program, as this platform is completely accessible from a web browser using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge e Safari. As for other browsers, there may be compatibility issues, such as su Internet Explorer: in this case, you will need to install the plugin available at this link.

To use Hangout Meet, the first thing you need to do is reach the official website of the platform. Then, to start a new meeting, press the button Start a meeting and log in with yours Google account.

Once this is done, you will be directed to a new screen for managing video conferencing settings. First, grant permissions to access the microphone and webcam connected to your PC, by pressing the appropriate consent button in the box that is shown at the top left of the browser.

Now, using the ⋮ icon in the lower right corner of the player, select the item Settings from the box that is shown to you. In the new screen, then use the tabs above to verify that the correct ones are used audio and video peripherals of your PC. You can also set the quality and resolution of the transmission by adjusting the parameters present in the drop-down menus of the card Video.

At this point, choose whether to start the video conference, using the key Participate, or start a video presentation, using the key Presents. If you choose to make a presentation, you will be prompted to choose whether to share the whole screen or the screen of a running application.

If you have started a video conference, a message on the screen will give you the access link to be given to other participants to join the newly created conference. Alternatively, you can also press the key Add people, to personally invite attendees to the meeting.

To get users to join the meeting, simply hand over the login link or the code in the URL itself. In this case, attendees will need to go to the Google Meet website and type the relevant code into the box Meeting code, then confirming with the key Participate and then with the button Ask to participate. The meeting owner will finally have to confirm admission to the room by clicking on the button Admit.

Within the videoconference, you can use the controls located at the bottom to disable the microphone and webcam or to leave the meeting. By pressing the key Submit now you can instead start a video presentation with an application or the entire desktop.

If you need to distribute the sharing link to other participants, click on the button Meeting details. Using the buttons at the top, however, you can use the controls to access thelist of participants, open the chat or focus on your own webcam.

Finally, by pressing the ⋮ key located at the bottom you can access the menu for editing the layout to view the webcams of the participants, activate the full screen or enable i subtitles. By clicking on the item Settings, you can then configure the audio and video devices.

How to use Hangouts Meet on smartphones and tablets

Hangouts Meet is available on smartphones and tablets Android and also on iPhone e iPad. You can use the Hangouts Meet services by downloading and installing the appropriate free app available on the Play Store and alternative stores on Android or on the iOS / iPadOS App Store.

After launching the app via its quick launch icon, you agree to requests for access to the functionality of the device, to ensure that it can function correctly. At this point, you will reach a new section where you will see a preview of the camera.

What you need to do now is to press the button New meeting, in order to create a new videoconference, or press on Meeting code, to join an existing conference using an invitation code.

You can immediately adjust the audio and video settings by pressing on the controls on the screen: you can deactivate the microphone or the video camera or, by tapping on thespeaker icon, you can enable the audio in the speakers, the phone speaker or completely mute the audio output.

By pressing the key New meeting, the videoconference will start: using the tabs at the bottom you can then view the list of participants and open the chat, while the controls on the screen will allow you to manage your audio and video. Finally, by pressing on the icon (...) at the top, you can change the camera, activate subtitles or start a slide show on the screen.

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