Google is the latest to make its video calling service more accessible to users. The tech giant on Thursday announced that it is making its video conferencing app Google Meet free for all users. Earlier, the Meet app could have been used only through a Google business or education account to set up calls. However, Google has announced that going forward, Meet will be available to anyone for free on the web and via mobile apps for iOS or Android.
It said that those who are using Google Calendar, will be able to easily start or join from there, too. Through Meet, Google lets 100 people to participate in a single video call.
While Google has long offered free versions of business tools including Gmail and Google Docs, there has been no equivalent for Meet, a newer service launched three years ago.
“Today, we’re making Google Meet, our premium video conferencing product, free for everyone, with availability rolling out over the coming weeks,” wrote Javier Soltero, Vice President & GM, G Suite, in a blog post.
The post said that a free version of the app will be rolled out in May and all the services that were earlier available for premium users, will be available for free to all.
Here is how to make free video calls on Google Meet:
You need to visit the Google Meet page to sign up for the free version. Enter details such as name, email, country and primary use for Google Meet (personal, business, education or government). Agree to Google’s terms of service, and hit Submit. You’ll get a notification when the service is ready for you to use. Then, follow these steps to make a call –
– Go to meet.google.com. You can also open the app on Android or iOS apps.
– Click Start new meeting, or enter your meeting code.
– Choose the Google account you want to use.
– Click Join meeting. You’ll have the ability to add others to your meeting, too.