More than two years after the pandemic, as video calls have taken over workspaces, Google Meet is rolling out the ability to livestream meetings on YouTube, making them more accessible to viewers than the old way of live streaming events through Meet itself. Google Workplace admins can sign up for public streaming for the business accounts they manage, which also includes a few guardrails to make sure your weekly stand-up doesn’t turn into an open mic.
The feature is available on most paid Workplace accounts: Enterprise tiers (Starter, Standard, and Plus), Education Plus, Teaching and Learning Upgrade, and individual Workplace subscribers, as well as Google One Premium subscription members in select countries. However, people with most starter, basic, legacy or essentials packages will not have access.
To livestream a Google Meet session on YouTube, you must pre-approve your YouTube channel. The approval process can take up to 24 hours. Users who need to change how long streams can be and how long can do so in their privacy settings, and a full list of what it takes to get the streams going is available on this support page.
Google Meet has seen many changes this year, including combining with Google Duo into a single hub for voice and video calls.
In June 2021, an update for teachers on Google Meet made mention of the ability to stream events such as school board meetings on YouTube, and now it’s really becoming generally available (it may take a few weeks to become available to eligible accounts) . Other mentioned features, such as improvements for breakout rooms and a “video slot” that allows hosts to disable or mute everyone’s videos at once, have since been rolled out.
In March, Google also introduced small but useful changes such as picture-in-picture and emoji. Google Meet’s interface refresh brought a simple shortcut to avoid seeing your own face all the time, methods for pinning and unpinning content, and a single bar with all of Meet’s controls.