How to Join a Google Meet Conference Call Using Phone Audio Only

Google Meet is a popular video conferencing platform that allows users to join meetings and make video calls from their computer or mobile device. One useful feature of Google Meet is the ability to join a video meeting using your phone for audio only. This allows you to participate in the meeting while only using your phone’s mic and speaker, rather than relying on your computer’s audio system.

Who Can Use Phone Audio in Google Meet

The phone audio feature in Google Meet is currently only available for meetings organized through a Google Workspace account. If you are joining a meeting organized by someone with a personal Google account, you won’t have the option to use phone audio.

Additionally, your phone number must be based in the US or Canada to use phone audio. International phone numbers are not supported at this time.

How to Enable Phone Audio

Enabling phone audio is simple if you meet the requirements above. Here are the steps:

If You’re Already in the Meeting

  1. Click on the “More” options menu (three dots) in the bottom right corner
  2. Select “Use a phone for audio”
  3. Click on “Call me”
  4. Enter your phone number
  5. Check the box next to “Remember phone number on this device” (optional)
  6. Click “Call me” again
  7. When prompted, press 1 on your phone to connect the audio

If You Haven’t Joined the Meeting Yet

  1. Click on “Join and use a phone for audio” instead of the normal “Join” button
  2. Enter your phone number
  3. Click “Call me”
  4. Press 1 on your phone when prompted to connect

Once your phone audio is connected, you’ll remain in the meeting even if you lose internet connectivity on your computer. You can mute and unmute yourself by pressing *6 on your phone’s dial pad.

Joining a Meeting for Audio Only

You can also join a Google Meet meeting using your phone without any video participation:

  1. Dial the meeting’s phone number provided in the meeting invite
  2. Enter the PIN when prompted, followed by #
  3. Press 1 to connect to the meeting audio

With this method, you won’t have access to video feeds, chat, screen sharing, closed captions, or other features – just the audio portion.

Tips for Using Phone Audio

Here are some tips to get the best audio quality when using your phone in a Google Meet call:

  • Use a headset to reduce background noise. The microphone on your phone itself can pick up a lot of ambient sound.
  • Find a quiet area without too much background noise. This will come through more clearly when you are only connected via audio.
  • Mute yourself when not speaking to eliminate inadvertent background noise.
  • Let meeting hosts know you are joined via phone audio only so they are aware.
  • Charge your phone fully before longer meetings to avoid losing connection.

Troubleshooting Problems

If you run into any problems using phone audio in Google Meet, here are some things to try:

Can’t hear meeting audio?

  • Check that your phone is unmuted by pressing *6
  • Increase the volume on your phone
  • Switch from speakerphone to headset or earbuds

Audio quality is poor?

  • Eliminate background noise in your location
  • Switch from WiFi to cellular data
  • Use a wired headset instead of phone speaker

Audio cuts out?

  • Try turning off Bluetooth devices connected to your phone
  • Switch to a different location with better cell signal
  • Disable VPN if enabled on your phone

Can’t connect phone audio?

  • Verify your phone number is correct
  • Confirm your phone number is based in North America
  • Try toggling Airplane mode on/off to reset connection


The ability to use phone audio in Google Meet provides more flexibility in joining important video conference calls. When you only need to participate via voice, or are having trouble with computer audio, connecting via phone is a reliable alternative. Follow the steps outlined here to easily integrate phone audio into your next Google Meet meeting.