What Are the Best Google Meet (Hangouts) Alternatives?

TrueConf offers a secure self-hosted alternative to Google Meet cloud video conferencing service.

Download for free

No credit card required.

Looking for Google Hangouts (Meet) alternatives?

Here are six reasons to consider TrueConf

Secure video conferencing

Privacy and security

Offline operation, end-to-end encryption and complete control over your communications.

Collaborate without limits

Collaborate without limits

Collaborate on shared files and documents with group chat, screen sharing, polling and recording.

4K video conferencing

Award-winning 4K video conferencing

Get your team together and run 4K video conferences with up to 1,000 participants.

TrueConf interoperability

Total interoperability

TrueConf natively works with the tools you like to enable one click to join from any platform or device.

Enterprise-ready

Enterprise-ready

Turnkey enterprise-class solution embraced by tens of thousands of companies worldwide.

SVC

SVC-based architecture

Low infrastructure requirements and stable operation on any device.

Locked Notebook

Privacy and data protection

While both TrueConf and Google Meet provide high quality video conferencing, TrueConf offers a self-hosted collaboration platform, which means that all user accounts, conference recordings and personal data is safely stored within your corporate network. In contrast, by agreeing to the privacy policies of cloud-based services, you are giving access to your confidential business information, ultimately putting your company at risk.

Learn more
4K

Enjoy the benefits of a 4K workflow

4K video resolution delivers more impact and supports more creativity, whether you’re sharing a multimedia presentation, streaming live surgery or walking your client through a product demo. TrueConf provides award-winning 4K video meeting experience — four times the details of Full HD — for free, with no added costs and complex setups. With Google Meet, you have to limit your team to HD video quality.

Simple Guide to 4K Video Conferencing
Client apps for any OS

Client apps for any OS

TrueConf offers reliable team collaboration across any device thanks to desktop and mobile client apps for every OS. Additionally, every TrueConf app is integrated with UC features, such as address book, presence statuses, and VoIP. While Google Meet offers in-browser meetings, its stability, performance and a set of features is limited by browser capabilities, which makes it a questionable choice for enterprise use.

Download for free

Connected to meeting rooms

TrueConf Server provides native interoperability with video conferencing endpoints, VoIP and telephony, and cloud video conferencing services over SIP and H.323 protocols. In its turn, Google Meet requires purchasing an external third-party gateway to enable this option.

Learn more
LifesizeHuaweiPolyCiscoAvaya
Low bandwidth? Not a problem!

Low bandwidth? Not a problem!

TrueConf is a popular choice for the users struggling with limited Internet access, slow connection or low bandwidth. Thanks to SVC-based architecture, each meeting participant receives the best video quality for their device and network channel. In contrast, Google Meet requires a stable Internet connection to work and operate properly.

Virtual town halls and roundtable discussions

Virtual town halls and roundtable discussions

With TrueConf, you can enjoy 4 video conferencing modes for different use cases and gather up to 1,000 participants in a video meeting. Google Meet allows a maximum of 250 participants per conference.

Learn more
The Best Video Conferencing Software in 2021

The Best Video Conferencing Software in 2021

Looking for the best video conferencing software? Read our detailed buyer's guide that includes tips and advice for choosing a perfect video conferencing system for your business needs, including a summary comparison chart.

Learn more

How does Google Meet (Hangouts) compare to TrueConf?

Google Meet Pros

  • Easy to join
  • Captions and subtitles
  • Good for personal communications

Google Meet Cons

  • Low video quality
  • No client apps
  • Limited to video meetings only
  • Arguable choice for enterprise customers

TrueConf Advantages

  • Self-hosted and secure
  • Team collaboration platform
  • Advanced enterprise capabilities and integrations
TrueConfGoogle Meet

Deployment

On-premises, hybrid or cloud.

Cloud

Offline operation

+
-

Conferencing and collaboration

4K (UltraHD video support)

+
-

Maximum number of participants in a meeting

1,000 250

Address book with presence

+
-

Team messaging and file sharing

+
-

Recording

+

Available in G Suite Enterprise Essentials only

Remote desktop control

+
-

Client applications

Windows

+
-

macOS

+
-

Linux

+
-

iOS

+
+

Android

+
+

Android TV

+
-

Interoperability

Compatibility with H.323/SIP endpoints

+

Third-party gateway required.

Dial out and telephony

+

Only dial-in feature available in paid G Suite licenses.

Integration with CCTV systems

+
-

Pricing and maintenance

Licensing

Licensed based on the maximum number of online users.

Licensed based on the number of active users who host or join a video meeting or open a file in Google Drive.

Number of users in a free version

12 users/hosts, no time limits.

Web conferencing with 1 host, up to 100 participants, no more than 60 minutes per meeting.

Google Meet

This user-friendly and accessible web conferencing platform provides users with full-fledged telecommuting experience. Thanks to intuitive framework, anyone with a personal Google account can easily host browser-based events by sharing the uniquely generated Meeting ID via e-mail or private message. When holding a conference call, participants can share their screens, present slides, and jointly collaborate on documents.

Google Meet users can enrich their virtual communication experience by enabling such AI-driven features as background blur and live captions. This service offers basic online meeting tools, so it’s better suited for personal one-on-one sessions, small team coordinations, and e-learning. But for enterprise-grade collaboration and solving work tasks with numerous teammates, Google Meet technical capabilities may not be enough.

Downfalls:

  • Google Meet doesn’t offer cross-platform user experience as video communication primarily occurs in a web browser, without installation of desktop client software. Therefore, its stability and proper functioning depend on browser performance, network bandwidth, speed and quality of internet connection.
  • In Google Meet, the host’s account determines online meeting limits. Free users can organize point-to-point video chats for 24 hours, but 3+ group conferences cannot exceed 100 participants and 60-minute duration. Users participating in a group conference will receive a notification about the upcoming end of the conference at 55 minutes.

Google's premium account versions lift these restrictions. In particular, Workspace Individual costs $8 per user/month and enables time-unlimited video conferences for up to 100 users. "Enterprise" plan lets you enjoy tracking of attendees and allows hosting meetings for up to 250 participants, however, the prices are only available on custom request. This could be profitable for small companies with only a few staff members, but it also might be frustrating for larger organizations, as they would need to maintain and pay for both Google Workplace and all their email communications, telephony, time- and productivity management tools separately.

  • Google Meet doesn’t have a built-in instant messenger, as well as basic unified communications features, such as file sharing, private and group chats, address book, and meeting scheduler. This video conferencing service is inconvenient for daily work activities as users cannot see the presence statuses of their colleagues, whether they’re busy or even offline.
  • With Google Meet, video-based teamwork is limited by a fairly modest collaboration toolset. Telecommuters can share their screens and facilitate decision-making with virtual whiteboard, that’s all for free. Thus, you can enrich remote workflows and get access to extra options by upgrading to Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) subscription plans. After switching to the paid tier, users can save meeting recordings to Google Drive and implement advanced collaboration tools such as polls and Q&A, hand raise, breakout rooms, attendance reports, and intelligent noise cancellation.
  • When it comes to the security of video meetings, in-browser sessions may compromise privacy of intra-corporate communications. Plus, Google Meet is a cloud-based solution that stores user data on remote third-party media, which, unlike local counterparts, are susceptible to hacker attacks and information leakage. It is worth noting that cloud-based software hardly complies with the GDPR, which is crucial in modern business realities.
  • Finally, Google Meet doesn’t provide native interoperability with existing conference room systems and AV endpoints. This option is only available after purchasing an external third-party gateway.

TrueConf

TrueConf is an enterprise-grade UC platform, complete with cutting-edge UltraHD video calling, engaging team messaging and collaboration features. With cross-platform client applications for all major OS, it provides convenience and flexibility of participating in video conferencing from any location and device.

This all-in-one virtual meeting platform enables immersive distance communication in the atmosphere of telepresence, empowered by a wide range of collaboration capabilities. Content sharing, recording, slideshows, group chat, reactions, remote desktop control, and many other useful tools are available absolutely free. TrueConf also features the address book with presence statuses and photos that allows remote teammates to keep track of the current busyness of colleagues and thus stay on top of tasks. And thanks to personal area, users can manage and schedule online events right from their client apps.

TrueConf self-hosted solution ensures secure and reliable enterprise-grade communication as all calls, messages, and files shared are end-to-end encrypted and never go outside the company network. This guarantees that no unauthorized person will ever violate the confidentiality of intra-corporate information or access personal sensitive data of video conferencing users. It also saves Internet bandwidth and minimizes the number of opened firewall ports that could result in outside hacker attacks and network worms.

TrueConf unified communications solution opens numerous integration opportunities that allow telecommuters to embed video-based collaboration into the already used remote working tools. This means less time flicking between desktop and mobile screens, and more time staying focused on important business tasks. Native compatibility with existing conference room systems and AV endpoints, VoIP, and telephony over SIP and H.323 protocols ensures seamless TrueConf Server deployment in corporate IT infrastructures.

With TrueConf Server Free, 12 hosts can hold time-unlimited group video meetings 24 hours a day, both online and without an Internet connection. By upgrading to TrueConf Server full version, you not only get fully-featured opportunities for video communication and collaboration, but also expand your meeting audience to 1,000 participants at a time!

Don’t take our word for it!

Customers who’ve happily switched to TrueConf

ClinicTracker

ClinicTracker

USA USA

Our partnership with TrueConf has allowed us to deliver an integrated telehealth service platform on web, desktop, and mobile environments. It’s just one more way that we have listened to our customers and developed a solution to an emerging need.

Joshua Gordon, President and CEO

Get your team started with TrueConf