Google Meet has become the ideal video conferencing solution for millions of people around the world. Thanks to seamless integration with the entire Google software suite, any Google user can create a Google Meet session whenever they feel like it. All you need is a personal Google account – Gmail, to be exact – and you’re good to go.
Although billions of users have already signed up on Google, there are still a select few who are not comfortable providing their personal data. And this is where things can get a little tricky. So, today we’re going to try to simplify this conundrum and tell you if you can use Google Meet without actually signing up with Google. We’re going now.
Do you 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’re looking to host a Google Meet session without a Google account, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. There is currently no way for a non-Google account holder to host a meeting. However, if you are only concerned about attending a Google Meet meeting, there is a rather inconspicuous solution.
Unpaid Google Meet users or personal users do not have the privilege of hosting non-Google account holders. So if you’re looking to join a Google Meet session initiated by a personal account holder, you’re out of luck. Gsuite users, on the other hand, are much more privileged. Not only do they enjoy all the highlighted benefits of a paid Google Meet account, but they also make it easier for non-Google users to join their meetings.
Can you join Google Meet without a Google account?
As discussed in the previous section, you can’t host a meeting without joining the Google ecosystem. However, if you only plan on attending the occasional Google Meet sessions, you’re in luck. Of course, you can’t join a meeting started by a free Google Meet user. But if you get an invitation from a paid Google account holder, you’ll be able to join the meeting without breaking a sweat.
What happens if you try to join a free Google Meet session without an account?
Google Meet is now available for free to all Google Account holders. However, that doesn’t mean that Google has forgotten to pay the most respect to its premium users. If someone with a free Google account invites you to a Google Meet meeting, you’ll be asked to sign in to your Google account.
If you don’t have a Google account and can’t log in, you won’t be able to participate.
How to join Google Meet without a Google account
The first step to joining a Google Meet meeting is to receive an invitation from a Google GSuite account holder. If you receive an invitation from a business / school email ID, anything but @ gmail.com, you will be able to join the meeting without necessarily having a Google account. After clicking on the meeting link, enter your name under “What’s your name?” flag. Now, click “Ask to join”.
Doing so would warn the user that an unverified user is trying to join the meeting. They will need to click “Admit” to allow you to join the meeting.
Once admitted, there would be no distinction between you, a non-Google account holder, and a GSuite premium user. Also, if you have a Google account but want to start a new session as an anonymous user, you can open an incognito tab from your browser and get to work.
If, for some reason, you can’t get to “What’s your name?” section, make sure your invitation only comes from a premium account holder. An invitation from a free account holder won’t do you any good.
Can you join a meeting from the Google Meet app without a Google account?
As you may have noticed in the previous section, we left out the mobile conversation. And there’s a reason we did it deliberately. Despite being nearly as powerful as the web client, the Google Meet app on Android and iOS won’t let you join a meeting without logging into your Google account. If you go through the app, you won’t find a dedicated space to join meetings without logging into your Google account.
Alternatively, when you execute the invitation link on your browser, you will be asked to select one of the Google accounts currently running on your mobile. At the time of writing, Google Meet has yet to offer a solution for non-Google account users.
How to join a meeting from your mobile without a Google account?
Yes, the Google Meet app on Android and iOS doesn’t let you join a meeting without logging into Google. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t join a meeting from your mobile. You can get the desired result via the most popular browser on the planet – Google Chrome.
If you paste the invitation link directly into the address bar at the top of the browser, you will be asked to select your preferred Google account. However, if you ask the browser to load the desktop version, you will have the option to join the meeting without actually logging into your Google account. Of course, the invitation must still come from a paid GSuite user and not from a free personal account.
Also, if you’re already signed in to a Google account on your Chrome browser, you won’t be able to sign in without associating a Google account with the call. To remedy this, you need to load an incognito browsing card. To do this, first tap the vertical ellipsis button in the top right corner of the screen.
Now tap on “New Incognito Tab”.
Your incognito tab would load. After browsing incognito, you will need to load the desktop version of Google Meet. First, launch Google Chrome and tap the vertical ellipsis button in the top right corner of the screen. Now, select “Desktop Site” to make sure Google Chrome loads only the desktop version of the URL you are about to paste.
Now enter the meeting link at the top of the screen in the text field of the address bar and upload it.
When it loads successfully, you will see the message “What’s your name?” banner, similar to what you see on your computer’s web client. Enter your name and tap “Ask to Attend” to confirm.
Note that loading the desktop version of the Google Meet website is quite challenging, which could lead to overheating on some smartphones. Also, since smartphone displays are considerably smaller than computers, there may be some visibility issues. Thankfully, you can always zoom in if needed.