Google updated its Meet service in June 2021 to allow teachers to live stream events like school board meetings on YouTube. And now, it is expanding this ability to personal Gmail accounts and several paid Workspace tiers.
How to live stream Meet events
Workspace users can start live streaming once the feature gets enabled by their admin. Then, they need to go to the Meet’s Activities panel > Live Streaming > choosing a channel from the list.
However, before doing that, eligible customers must have their YouTube approved for live streaming beforehand. Additionally, users should note that it might take up to 24 hours to get approval. For more details about live streaming Google Meet meetings, they can visit the Help Center.
Eligible and ineligible accounts
Here’s a list of accounts or customers eligible to access the YouTube live streaming feature –
- Enterprise Starter
- Enterprise Standard
- Enterprise Plus
- Education Plus
- Individual users
- Google One Premium plan members in select countries
- Personal Google account holders
- Teaching and Learning Upgrade
However, personal Gmail accounts (free users) have a one-hour group calling limitation. They can avoid it by subscribing to Google One Premium.
On the other hand, the ability to live stream Google Meet events on YouTube is not available to these subscribers –
- Google Workspace Essentials
- Business Starter
- Business Standard
- Business Plus
- Enterprise Essentials
- Education Standard
- Education Fundamentals
- Legacy G Suite Basic and Business
Google has already started rolling out the Meet’s YouTube live streaming feature. So, it will become available fully to eligible subscribers in the coming weeks. Interestingly, the YouTube live streaming ability through personal accounts is similar to the Hangouts on Air capability. The latter was a part of classic Hangouts, removed back in 2019. And customers used it for podcasting with other people in different locations.
On the other hand, Google has rolled out numerous changes to Meet this year. For instance, google company combined Meet with Google Duo into a single hub for voice and video calls. In addition, Google introduced picture-in-picture and emoji to Meet in March. Lastly, it introduced interface refresh, methods to pin and unpin content, and a single bar containing all Meet’s controls.