How do I compare Google Meet and Zoom?

Everyone at Williams has access to Google Meet and a Zoom license for video conferencing.

Please take a look at the guide below to see whether Meet or Zoom best fits your needs.

Feature Google Meet Zoom Licensed
Meet one-on-one or in small to medium groups for office hours, department meetings, etc. Yes Yes
Share computer screen into meeting Yes Yes
Dial-in by phone Yes Yes
Recording capability Yes, to Google Drive Yes, to local computer or to the Zoom Cloud
In-conference text chat Yes Yes
Mobile apps (Android & iOS) Yes Yes
Waiting room (pause participants’ entry to the meeting until access is granted) For non-invitees only Yes, can be customized
Breakout rooms (discussion sections) Yes Yes
Works between US and China No Yes, currently (international restrictions)
Meeting duration Indefinite Indefinite
Key integrations Google Calendar Google Calendar (with Chrome or Firefox browser extensions)
Maximum meeting size 100 people 300 people
Closed Captioning Available by default Live Transcript must be enabled by the meeting host to make closed captioning available to participants
Virtual Backgrounds Yes Yes
Pronoun & Name Customization Support No Yes
Integrated Whiteboard Yes Yes
Integrated polling Yes Yes, if enabled prior to the meeting
Required software on laptop/desktop Runs in most web browsers Runs in most web browsers

(adapted from a guide provided by our friends at Colby).

Zoom Users can explore the extensive documentation at