Google Meet free forever: how to use the video calling app

Google has announced that Google Meet will become a free platform open to everyone: here's how it works

Google Meet free forever and for everyone. The response of the Mountain View company to the various Zoom, Skype and Microsoft Teams has not been long in coming: after the success of video conferencing applications in this period of global pandemic, in which most people work in smart working mode, it has decided to make Google Meet free. Actually, the platform was already free, but only until September 30.

The excellent numbers found by Google Meet in the last month have convinced Mountain View to make the service free on par with the various Gmail, Google Drive and productivity applications. The novelty will start immediately: from May 1 Google Meet will be free for all users with a Google account and you can use it both from the browser through the web-app and through the application for Android and iOS. Here's how to use Google Meet free forever.

Google Meet free: features

Google Meet free from May 2020. The announcement made by Google is an important one, capable of changing an entire industry, that of video conferencing platforms. It's no secret that Google Meet is one of the most used applications in the professional field, but with some obvious limitations caused by the obligation to be subscribed to the G Suite Business. From May onwards, things will change: to use Google Meet for free you'll just need a Google account.

In comparison to the classic version, Google Meet for free will have a few less features: meetings can't last more than an hour, but until September 30 there are no limits. Also, it is not possible to record the meetings. There are, however, other much-appreciated features such as real-time captioning and the ability to share the screen with other participants.

Google Meet, an eye for privacy

Google wanted to do things properly and assured that the free version of Google Meet will have the same privacy protections as the paid one. Call administrators will have the ability to moderate the call at any time and even ban outsiders from entering. Also, the data collected through Google Meet is not sold to third-party companies for profiling.

How to use Google Meet for free

To get Google Meet for free, you don't have to do anything except have a Google account. The release of the free version is set for the first week of May.