Take Advantage of Premium Hangouts Meet Features

Take Advantage of Premium Hangouts Meet Features
March 13, 2020

Take advantage of premium Hangouts Meet features from now until July!

In response to the spread of COVID-19, to help employees, educators, and students stay connected and productive, Google announced that access to Hangouts Meet premium features will be temporarily available to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers at no cost until July 1, 2020.  

This means you’ll be able to host up to 250 people on a Hangouts Meet call, get live-streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within UAlberta G Suite, plus you can record meetings and save them to Google Drive. 

Learn how to use Hangouts Meet premium features

  • Host meetings for up to 250 participants per call
    • This extends the current limit from 100 to 250, supporting users joining from any mixture of video and dial-in options.
    • Anyone inside or outside of UAlberta G Suite organization can join by selecting the link or entering the meeting ID. Uninvited guests outside of your organization must be approved by a meeting participant in your organization, including users who aren’t signed into a G Suite account.
       
  • Live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain
    • Streamed meetings have a URL that can be sent to others so they can watch the meeting.
    • Only guests within the UAlberta G Suite organization can view a live stream. Guests in other organizations or personal Google accounts cannot view the live stream.
       
  • Record meetings to Google Drive
    • Recordings are saved in the meeting owner’s Google Drive.
    • Recording is only available with a supported web browser.
    • Live captions during Meet recordings are not recorded.

IMPORTANT: Dial-in numbers use US area codes, and long distance charges may apply. If you do not have a US long distance plan, request that the organizer add you to the video meeting by phone. If you have a poor Internet connection or are experiencing quality issues, you can adjust the video and audio settings to improve the experience.

Keep an eye on IST’s G Suite news to learn the latest tips, tricks, and updates for UAlberta G Suite. Additional information about how to use Hangouts Meet can be found at the Hangouts Meet Learning Center, and be sure to check out these 6 tips for better video calls.