Technologies such as Google Meet make it simple to stay connected with coworkers no matter where you are working from. With it, you can create and join video meetings as easily as making a phone call. If you have hesitated to use this platform because you don't have a Google account, you can put those concerns aside.
Can You Join a Google Meeting Without a Google Account
While it was once available only to paid account holders, Google made its Meet video conferencing platform free to all users. You can host or join a meeting using the service if you have a Google account. Anyone can join a Google meeting, even without a Google account.
Remember that most features of Google Meet are available to guest users, but you may miss out on some. For example, you can only initiate a new meeting with a Google account. Additionally, non-Google users cannot join a session created by personal Google account holders.
However, setting up an account is free, and easy to take advantage of all the meeting features. If you are still deciding whether to take that step before your next Google Meet, use one of these convenient approaches instead.
Join Via Google Link
Since you cannot create a new Google meeting, you will need an invitation from the host. This will come from the host's GSuite account email (non a Gmail account).
Click the link or copy and paste it into your browser's address bar.
Enter your name in the appropriate box
Request to join the meeting
Wait for the host to admit you
Once admitted, there is no distinction between guests and Google account holders. One caveat to joining via link is that you cannot use the mobile app but must join via a supported web browser.
Join Via a Code
Every Google meeting receives a designated meeting code which appears as a string of numbers or letters at the end of your meeting page. Hosts are provided this information when they create a meeting and can provide it to you to join by:
Opening meet.google.com in a web browser
Entering the meeting code
Clicking Join to request entry
Join Via a Phone Call
While not ideal, you can also call into a Google meeting via the phone. Calling in is a viable option if you are out of Wi-Fi range or your data connection is not strong enough to support a video call. You can dial in for just the audio portion of a meeting if your microphone or speaker is not working.
Your meeting invitation will have at least one phone number that you can use, plus a unique code to enter once you dial in. This will allow you to participate in all audio components of the meeting; however, you will not have access to video content unless you join with another method.
Plan Ahead for a Successful Google Meet Session
While it is straightforward to join a Google meeting even if you don't have an account, taking a few extra steps ahead of time can make your session go more smoothly. An essential first step is to scout out your area ahead of time to check for Wi-Fi or data connections. This will ensure you use an appropriate joining method.
Another helpful idea is to bring a portable laptop or tablet. While you can easily join a meeting with your cell phone, you'll generally have a better experience from a computer where sharing your screen, opening multiple tabs, and accessing saved files is simple.
Technology makes it possible to stay connected from virtually anywhere. Google Meetings are one such tool that you can use regardless of whether or not you have a Google account.