Google Meet or Zoom?

Whether you need to hold a meeting or teach a class, you have options with either Google Meet or Zoom Meetings. Both are effective web conferencing platforms that offer HD video and phone or device audio options.

  • Google Meet (Preferred Online Meeting Tool): If you want to hold a meeting online, Meet can be quickly added to a Google Calendar event and integrates directly with all of the G Suite tools in use at Pepperdine.  Meet runs on the Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge browsers.  Meet is also built into several conference rooms at select campuses.
  • Zoom Meetings (Preferred Online Learning Tool): Zoom is a natural choice for teaching classes or facilitating an advanced meeting with polling, recording, and other special features.  Zoom works with all major browsers and devices.

Head-to-Head Comparison

Feature Google Meet Zoom Meetings
Preferred for... Online work meetings Online teaching and learning sessions
Number of Participants 250* 300
Dial-In Yes Yes
Dial-Out Yes No
Screen Sharing Yes Yes
Google Calendar Integration Yes Yes, with Chrome Browser Extension
Mobile App Yes Yes
ChromeBox Conference Room Enabled Yes No†
In-Conference Text Chat Yes Yes
In-Conference Private Chat No Yes
Polling No Yes
Recordings No Yes
Event Hosting with Participant Roles Yes Yes
File Sharing Yes^ Yes
Breakout Rooms No Yes
Whiteboard No Yes
Availability All current students, faculty, staff All current students, faculty, staff

*This is normally 100 participants, but Google is temporarily offering up to 250 participants until September 2020.

**Event organizer is able to mute or remove participants.

†The University has adopted the Google Meet standard for conference rooms. Zoom has a different product, called Zoom Rooms, that is not licensed by the University.

^Attached files in Google Calendar invites will be available for all meeting participants to access.

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