Video conferencing services like Google Meet and Zoom are invaluable to small businesses, large businesses, and everyday internet users. Google Meet has only been on the market since 2017, but Google released a free version of Meet at the end of April 2020 to attract 100 million daily users due to the global restrictions on working in the office.
Zoom remains the king of the pile with over 200 million daily users and a host of sophisticated features. The free version of Google Meet still offers users a web-based video conferencing service that does not require a desktop download to be used and can be accessed by anyone with a Google account. Each service has its pros and cons, but both are great for connecting people over the internet for free. Read on to learn more about how Google Meet compares to Zoom and to determine which one works best for you.
With the vast majority of daily Google Meet and Zoom users using the free version of both services, we'll compare them both side-by-side to demonstrate their unique features and benefits. Whether you want a quick video chat with friends and family or you want to have 50 or more participants in a multi-meeting conference, both options will work for you.
Availability and accessibility
While Zoom is the most popular free video conferencing software, one of the notable benefits of Google Meet is the ability to host a meeting from a web browser of your choice. Participants can join a Zoom call through their browser, but currently must open the Zoom web client through their browser or the Windows 10 / MacOS client. For mobile clients, both Zoom and Google Meet offer free apps for Android and iOS devices, so you can video conferencing from anywhere when needed.
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Another area where Google Meet has the upper hand is having direct access to Google Meet through Google Chrome and other browsers without the need for plugins or additional downloads by visiting meet.google.com. It's worth noting that Zoom offers plugins for Firefox and Chrome for scheduling meetings, but is currently unable to schedule meetings natively without opening a client or app. Anyone with a Google login can schedule and attend meetings without creating a separate account.
Number of participants and deadlines
Both Zoom and Google Meet currently offer free meetings for up to 100 people. However, using the free version of both services comes with severe time restrictions. As of September 30th, the free version of Google Meets limits users to 60 minutes, while Zoom offers 40-minute sessions throughout. However, Google Meet has lowered the deadlines for free meetings to March 2021.
Features and functions
Both Zoom and Google Meet offer users free video conferencing services, as well as a variety of features to control meetings of different sizes. Even so, Zoom clearly leads the way in terms of the capabilities and control offered to users of free accounts. Google Meet offers features such as an audio / video preview screen to prepare for meetings, controls for meeting hosts, screen sharing, excellent cross-platform compatibility, and seamless integration with Microsoft Office and Google apps. However, Zoom has all of the above features and in many cases offers a significant upgrade to the current capabilities of Google Meet, although Google is rapidly gaining ground.
While both services offer chat functionality for your video conference, at first you could just raise your hand or use emoji responses with Zoom, at least until the Google Meet update on December 15th. You can only check your own audio / video connections on the Google Meet preview screen. In Zoom's meeting rooms, hosts can pre-screen attendees, grant them access to the meeting, or start them as needed. Zoom offers a variety of virtual backgrounds and allows you to record meetings on your physical computer for free. Google Meet has only recently introduced background blur and uploading of uploaded image backgrounds. A paid G Suite subscription is required to record meetings.
Zoom meetings can display up to 49 participants, including Google Meet users from September 15, 2020 (but only in the web version). To use a whiteboard or conduct participant polls in Google Meet, you'll need to open a separate application like Chrome Canvas or Jamboard to collaborate. In contrast, Zoom has an integrated whiteboard and query functions.
Premium versions – compare and contrast
Google Meet's Workplace Essentials plan is $ 8 per month per user and includes a number of upgrades. These upgrades include meetings up to 300 hours in length, 150 attendees maximum, 24/7 customer support, the ability to record meetings on Google Drive, US, and international dial-up phone numbers, while the Enterprise version has all of this 250 Participants plus live domain streaming for up to 100,000 and intelligent noise cancellation.
Zoom Pro is $ 15 per month per user and improves the basic account by removing the 40 minute meeting time limit. You can record meetings in Zoom's cloud service with 1 GB of storage, stream Zoom meetings live directly on social media, and increase the number of users Times. In addition, Pro Account Holders get access to Zoom Video Webinars, Zoom Room, access to the Zoom API, and licenses and audio plans for large meetings.
One area where Google Meet is the clear winner is in security. Over the past year, instances of people zooming in or disrupting Zoom meetings with objectionable content posted the news multiple times. While Zoom has made significant efforts to prevent this from happening in the future, Google Meet has yet to report such violations due to their superior level of encryption. While the paid version of Google Meet only gives access to relatively basic enhancements, Zoom gives users developer access and access to other Zoom features for $ 15 per month, while Google Meet plus G Suite costs $ 20 per month for both programs.
Which one is best for you
Whether you prefer Zoom or Google Meet largely depends on whether you need certain features such as easy integration with other software or free recording of a meeting. While Google Meet is ideal for those looking to integrate their video chats with G Suite capabilities and more intimate video chatting, Zoom's sole commitment to video conferencing provides a more robust experience for larger meetings and corporate customers. According to our current assessment, we give Zoom a close lead in functions and user interface. However, Google Meet proves that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, and Zoom remains on its heels.