What are the different ways I can join a meeting?
GoToMeeting lets you join sessions from anywhere, no matter what kind of device you're using. You can join using the desktop app, the browser-based Web App, or your phone or tablet.
When you join a meeting, the features and tools that are available to you will vary depending on various things (like your operating system or web browser type). See below to learn more about the different join methods, as well as the differences between join methods.
Available join methods
There are 3 basic ways that you can join a session, as shown below.
|Web App||Desktop app||Mobile apps|
|Download required?||No. Join online from a web browser on your Windows, Mac, Linux or Google Chrome OS computer||Yes. Join from desktop app downloaded onto your Windows or Mac computer||Yes. Join from the mobile app downloaded onto your phone or tablet|
|Available on all plans?||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Which method will I join with?
If you join using a computer, you can choose whether you can want to join from the web or from the desktop app. then. Use the chart below to see which method you will use. Learn more about system requirements.
|Operating System||Google Chrome v57+||Other browsers|
Compatible with the desktop app:
Desktop app: Host or join session
Not compatible with the desktop app:
Phone audio only
- + These attendees will be launched into session using the Web App unless the organizer has disabled it in their account settings or they already have the desktop app installed on their computer.
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Join Methods: Feature comparison chart
The features that are available to you will vary depending on how you join! In addition, Web App features will vary depending on your web browser and mobile app features will vary depending on your operating system.
|Session Features||Desktop app||Web app||Mobile apps|
|Host or join||Join a session (attendee)||Varies by browser|
|Host a session (organizer)||Varies by browser|
|Be promoted to co-organizer||Varies by device|
|Audio||Connect via mic and speakers (VoIP)||Varies by browser|
|Connect via telephone (PSTN)||Cellular plan required|
|Be muted upon joining|
|Screen and content sharing||View the Presenter's screen|
|Share your screen||Varies by browser||Varies by device|
|Share multiple screens|
|Share screen in "screen clean" mode|
|Share an application||
Varies by browser
|Share a video|
|Share a real whiteboard||(iPad only)|
|Share content from a virtual whiteboard||Varies by device|
|Share content from the cloud||Varies by device|
|Webcam sharing||Share your own webcam||Varies by browser||Varies by device|
|View shared webcams||Varies by browser||Varies by device|
|Hide webcams||Varies by device|
|Features and tools||Record a meeting||
(cloud recording only)
(cloud recording only)
|Chat with others|
|Use remote control (keyboard and mouse control)||(take keyboard and mouse control only)|
|Use drawing tools||Varies by operating system|