Google Meet

Google Meet is available to Faculty, Students, and Staff through CalArts G-Suite.

While it is "IT Approved", our IT team does not maintain the same expertise for Meet as we do for Zoom.  We recommend Meet be used as a backup to Zoom, not as a replacement for Zoom.

CalArts IT is actively determining best-practices for Meet as it pertains to accessibility and will update this article as we have further information.

Signing Up for Google Meet

Google Meet is provided to CalArts Faculty and Staff through our email accounts and Students through accounts, so you're already signed up! 

On March 3rd, Google announced free access for all G-Suite customers to enterprise-level features, including:

  • Larger meetings, for up to 250 participants per call
  • Live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain 
  • The ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive

Google Meet is sometimes referred to as Hangouts Meet, but they are the same thing.

Starting a Google Meet

To start a Google Meet session, simply open a browser (Chrome works best) and: 

  1. Go to 

That's it!

Available Features

Google Meet and Zoom have similar features, but integration with Google Calendar is especially helpful, and Live Transcription!

  • Recording (saves to your Google Drive)
  • Live in-meeting transcription
  • Streaming of Meetings to non-participants
  • Adding participants by phone number
  • Scheduling Meetings through Google Calendar

Guides and Resources


March 14, 6:34 AM: Reformatted post, added Guides and Resources
March 13, 12:30 PM: Initial post.

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