How to join a Hangouts Meet event

Here are the steps to join a Hangouts Meet event as an "observer", such as a live stream of a worship service. (If you are joining as a meeting participant, you may skip the steps of muting your microphone and turning off your camera.)

To join by phone:

  • Dial the phone number
  • At the prompt, enter the meeting ID, followed by #
  • It will tell you you’re entering the meeting, and you are immediately in the meeting. You should mute your phone.
  • If somebody else mutes you from within the meeting (on a computer), your phone will tell you that you've been muted and that you can dial a code to unmute.
  • When you're finished, just hang up the phone.
To use the web link on your smartphone:
  • Tap the link that you received, or enter the address into your web browser.
  • You may be sent to the App store to download an app.
  • Your smartphone app may ask for permission to access the camera & microphone. Click allow.
  • If you have a Google/Gmail account and are signed in: You'll be prompted: “Ready to Join?” 
  • If you are not signed in to a Google account: You'll be prompted  “What’s your name?” Enter your name.  
  • Before you join, tap the camera icon and the microphone icon, to mute your sound and turn off your camera. Then tap the button "Ask to join".
  • Then you'll have to wait for someone in the meeting to accept your request to join. Once you've joined, you'll see a camera view.
  • If you're holding your phone upright, there will be a list of participants at the bottom. Find the worship service stream and tap on it, then tap the icon on the left to "pin" that camera view to your screen.
  • If you're holding your phone sideways, it will show you the participants on the right side.  Find the worship service stream and tap on it, then tap the pushpin icon on the left to "pin" that camera view to your screen.
  • If you tap on the main camera view, you'll get some controls at the top. You can click on the boxed CC to turn on captions if you like.
  • When you're ready to leave, tap your screen to wake up the control icons, and then tap the button with the red “hang up phone” icon.
To use the web link on your computer:
  • Click the link that you received, or enter the address into your web browser.
  • Your browser may ask for permission to access the camera & microphone. Click allow.
  • If you have a Google/Gmail account and are signed in: You'll be prompted: “Ready to Join?” 
  • If you are not signed in to a Google account: You'll be prompted  “What’s your name?” Enter your name.  
  • Before you join, click the camera icon and the microphone icon, to mute your sound and turn off your camera. Then click the button "Ask to join".
  • Then you'll have to wait for someone in the meeting to accept your request to join. Once you've joined, you'll see a camera view, or you may see a lot of panels with different camera views or other icons.
  • Find the camera view that has the worship service stream. Float your mouse pointer over it, then click the pushpin icon that appears to "pin" that camera view to your screen. That will make the other views or icons go away. 
  • If you move your mouse, you'll see some controls at the bottom of your screen. You can click on the boxed CC to turn on captions if you like. 
  • When you're ready to leave, move your mouse to wake up the controls bar (or you might need to click your mouse), and then click on the red button with the “hang up phone” icon.