Google Meet has become a reliable video conferencing solution for millions of people around the world. Thanks to its neat integration with the entire Google software suite, any Google user can create a Google Meet session at any time. All you need is a personal Google account (specifically Gmail) and you’re all set.
Billions of users have already registered with Google, but few are still worried about writing down their personal information. And that’s where things can get a little complicated. So today, I’m going to simplify this challenge and tell you if you can use Google Meet without actually registering with Google. Get it.
Do I need a Google account to use Google Meet?
Like all other video conferencing applications, Google Meet is divided into two parts: participation and hosting. If you are looking to host a Google Meet session without a Google account, you are preparing yourself for disappointment. Currently, there is no way for account owners other than Google to host the meeting. However, if you’re only interested in attending Google Meet meetings, there’s a fairly unobtrusive workaround.
Paid Google Meet users or individual users do not have the privilege of hosting non-Google account owners. As a result, if you try to join a Google Meet session initiated by an individual account owner, you’re out of luck. Gsuite users, on the other hand, are more privileged lots. Not only will you enjoy all the highlighted benefits of your paid Google Meet account, but it will also make it easier for non-Google users to join your meetings.
Can I join Google Meet without a Google account?
As explained in the section above, you can’t host a meeting without joining the Google ecosystem. However, if you only occasionally attend Google Meet sessions, you’re in luck. Of course, you can’t attend meetings initiated by free Google Meet users. However, if you receive an invitation from a paid Google account owner, you can join the meeting without sweating.
What if I try to join a free Google Meet session without an account?
Google Meet is now available for free to all Google account holders. But that doesn’t mean that Google has forgotten to give the utmost respect to premium users. If someone with a free Google account invites you to a Google Meet meeting, you will be prompted to sign in to your Google account.
If you do not have a Google account and you fail to log in, you will not be able to participate.
How to join Google Meet without a Google account
The first step to attending a Google Meet meeting is to receive an invitation from your Google GSuite account holder. If you received an invitation from your company / school email ID (except @ gmail.com), you don’t necessarily have to have a Google account to join the meeting. After clicking the meeting link, enter your name under “What is your name?”. banner. Then click Request Participation.
Doing so warns the user that an unidentified user is about to join the meeting. You must click Approve to be able to join the meeting.
Once approved, there is no distinction between you as a non-Google account owner and Premium GSuite users. In addition, if you have a Google account but want to start a new session as an anonymous user, you can open the Secret tab from your browser and start working.
If for some reason you couldn’t get to “What’s your name?” In the section, make sure the invitation is from the owner of the premium account only. Invitations from free account owners will not help you at all.
Can I join a meeting from the Google Meet app without a Google account?
As you may have noticed in the section above, we’ve omitted the conversation about mobile devices. And there is a reason to do it intentionally. It’s about as powerful as a web client, but the Google Meet application on Android and iOS doesn’t allow you to join a meeting without signing in to your Google account. With the app, you can’t find a dedicated space to join a meeting without signing in to your Google account.
Alternatively, when you follow the invitation link in your browser, you’ll be prompted to select one of the Google accounts you’re currently running on mobile. At the time of writing, Google Meet has not yet provided a solution for users other than Google accounts.
How do I join a meeting from my mobile phone without a Google account?
Yes, the Google Meet app on Android and iOS does not allow you to join a meeting without logging in to Google. However, that does not mean that you cannot join the meeting from your mobile phone. You can get the results you want using Google Chrome, the most popular browser on the planet.
If you paste the invitation link directly into the address bar at the top of your browser, you will be prompted to select your preferred Google account. However, if you ask your browser to load the desktop version, you’ll be given the option to join the meeting without actually signing in to your Google account. Of course, invitations must be sent by paid GSuite users, not free personal accounts.
Also, if you’re already logged in to your Google account in your Chrome browser, you can’t log in without associating your Google account with the call. To fix this, you need to load the secret tab. To do this, first tap the vertical ellipsis button in the upper right corner of the screen.
Then tap New Secret Tab.
The secret tab is loaded. Once you’re in secret mode, you’ll need to load the desktop version of Google Meet. First, launch Google Chrome and tap the vertical ellipsis button in the upper right corner of the screen. Then click Desktop Sites to ensure that only the desktop version of the URL you’re pasting is loaded into Google Chrome.
Then enter the meeting link in the text field of the address bar at the top of the screen to load it.
If it loads successfully, you will see “What is your name?”. A banner similar to what you see on your computer’s web client. Enter a name and tap Request to Join to confirm.
Keep in mind that loading the desktop version of the Google Meet website is very demanding and can lead to overheating on some smartphones. In addition, smartphone displays are much smaller than computers, which can lead to visibility issues. Thankfully, you can always zoom in if you want.