Start an instant meeting in Teams

Applies to: Microsoft Teams.

There are two various ways to kick off an impromptu meeting with only a few clicks. 

From your calendar

  1. Visit Calendar Meetings button on the left side of Teams, then press Meet now Meet now button in the upper right corner.
  2. You’ll get a chance to set some features up before you start your meeting. Name it, pick whether you want to use video, and decide your preferred audio source.
  3. Once you’re ready, tap Join now.

Your meeting is now up and running—you just need people to join you. 

To invite people:

  1. Begin entering the name or phone number of someone you want to invite in the box under People in the top right. Choose them once they emerge in the list, and they’ll get a call right away.
  2. Another option is to copy the meeting link and distribute it to anyone you want to meet with, and they can join by clicking it. Simply select Copy join info and paste the link in a message.

If you don’t have meeting scheduling capability in Outlook or Teams, commencing an instant meeting is a great option. Similarly with scheduled meetings, everyone who attends your meeting will have continuous access to the meeting chat, the recording, and anything else people share in the meeting (like files and meeting notes), even after the meeting ends.

To rejoin the same meeting anytime, find the meeting chat in your chat list and pick Join.

In a channel

To begin an instant channel meeting:

  1. Click Teams Teams button  on the left side of the app. Pick the channel you want to meet in from the list.
  2. In the Posts tab, go to where you type new messages (at the very bottom of the app) and press Meet now Meet now button . Or, to keep the context of a specific conversation, select Reply below any post, and then Meet now Meet now button under the box where you’d enter your message.
  3. Entitle your meeting and decide whether you want to include video.
  4. Once you’re ready, press Join now.

Your meeting is now up and running, and anyone in the channel can join it.

To invite people:

  1. Begin typing the name or phone number of someone you want to invite in the box under People in the top right. Choose them once they appear in the list, and they’ll get a call right away.
  2. You can also invite people by copying the meeting link and sending it to anyone you want to meet with. Simply select Copy join info and paste the link in a message.

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