If your account supports it, you can live stream a Google Meet session to YouTube to share your meeting with a global audience.
A lot Google Workspace organizational accounts support live streaming from Google Meet sessions to YouTube. Streaming can be useful if you want people to be able to view the meeting content, but don’t need people to join. For example, a Meet-to-YouTube stream can be used to share, educate, or provide training for organizational or product information. A Google Meet-to-YouTube stream can be a great way to offer virtual conference sessions that are open to everyone.
Live streaming from Google Meet to YouTube is available to customers of Google Workspace Enterprise Editions (i.e. Starter, Standard, Plus), Education Plus, Teaching and Learning Upgrade Edition, Google Workspace Individual customers, and in some countries to Google One members Premium subscription.
How a Google Workspace admin can enable streaming
A Google Workspace administrator can manage a setting that allows people in the organization to stream Google Meet sessions to YouTube using the following steps.
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- Log in to the Admin console with a Workspace administrator account.
- Select Apps | Google Workspace (Google Workspace Core services) | Google Meet.
- Select Stream, then select the pencil icon next to Stream to adjust the settings.
- Make sure the boxes are checked for both Let people stream their meetings and let people use YouTube to stream meetings, as shown in Image A.
- Select Save to save the changes.
It may take a while for the streaming option to be available to all accounts in your organization.
Stream to YouTube from Google Meet
Before you can livestream from Google Meet, make sure the YouTube channel associated with your Google account is set up for live streaming. To verify this, go to YouTube, make sure you’re signed in to the correct account, then select Create | Go live. You may need to go through a process to verify your channel to allow live streaming.
During an active Google Meet session, select Activities (the square, circle, and triangle) | Live streaming, as shown in Figure B.
Then customize the info fields for live streaming events as desired (Figure C). You can select or create a new event, enter an event title, adjust privacy options (ie public, private, unlisted), and select a language for captions. When you’re done, select the Start Streaming button.
The system displays a prompt (Figure D) that reminds you to notify participants that the session is being streamed live and that non-participants can access the stream. After reminding participants that the session is live streaming, select Start.
While streaming, a red button with the word Public appears in the top left, with viewer count information in a bar to the right of the public button. In addition, a Copy Live Stream URL button allows you to get the link to the session for easy sharing along with the Stop Streaming option.
After you end the session, you can switch to your YouTube.com account to manage the video and access video analytics.
What is your experience?
Google also offers an in-domain streaming option for Enterprise Editions, Education Plus, and Teaching and Learning Upgrade customers. This option limits viewing of streams to people in the organization and Workspace domains added by an administrator.
Streams within the domain can be used to share news that is relevant to many people in an organization, such as when a leadership team wants to tackle an issue. To see Record or stream live with Hangouts Meet to learn how to add and configure one google calendar event for streaming within the domain.
What is your experience with live streaming to YouTube from Google Meet? Does this option make it easier for you to reach more people with your video? What kind of content do you typically stream using this method? Message me or mention me on Twitter (@awolber) to let me know about your experience streaming Google Meet to YouTube.