Meet new features

February 8, 2021

New options when users join or start a meeting from and new tools for users to understand how their local desktop and network environments affect meeting quality.

Join a meeting with new options on the Google Meet landing page

Starting on February 8th Google will be rolling out the following abilities on When you click “New meeting,” you’ll see the following three options:

  • Create a meeting for later: Generate joining information for a new meeting. You can save this information to use later. 
  • Start an instant meeting: Join a meeting in one click, then add others or copy the joining information to share. Please note, your camera and microphone will be on automatically if you select this option. You can turn them off once in the meeting. 
  • Schedule in Google Calendar: Go to Calendar in a new tab to create an event with Meet conferencing details automatically populated.

You can still enter a meeting code or nickname to join a meeting from the landing page. 

New tools to troubleshoot network and performance issues in Google Meet

Google has added the following tools in Google Meet that allows users to better understand how their local desktop and network environments affect meeting quality. During a call, you can now go to the three-dot menu and select “Troubleshooting and Help” to see: 

  • CPU load and network stability over time
  • Time segments highlighted when the local environment likely affects the call quality
    Suggested actions to help improve call performance 
  • Real-time feedback on the effect of any action taken on network and processing load 
  • Tips for performing common tasks, like presenting content and recording meetings

Check your video and peripheral device quality before joining a Google Meet

Google is making it possible to quickly preview how you’ll appear to others before entering a Meet video call. You can use this new functionality to confirm that peripheral devices are properly configured and corrected, to check that your network connectivity is good, and to understand the impact of noise cancellation on your audio.

When a problem is detected, you’ll see a warning and tips for troubleshooting common issues, like granting your browser permission to use the microphone or camera.

On the screen before joining a meeting, click the "Check your audio and video" button. This will open the “green room,” where you can preview your audio and video.