How to use Meet Now to make free video calls on Windows 10

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On Windows 10, Meet Now is a feature, part of the Skype communication platform, which allows you to quickly connect with family and friends using voice and video without sign ups or additional downloads.

The feature appears as a camera button in the taskbar notification area on devices running the Windows 10 May 2020 Update and higher releases. It allows you to quickly create a special link that you can share with other people and use with a web browser to make free video calls that can last 24 hours with up to 99 other people. You only need a camera, microphone, and a supported browser, including Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.

In this Windows 10 guide, we will walk you through the steps to start and join a video call with the Skype Meet Now feature.

How to enable Meet Now and set default browser on Windows 10

The Skype Meet Now option should be available in the taskbar notification area by default, but if it is not, you may need to enable it manually from the "Taskbar" settings page.

To enable the Skype Meet Now feature, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click on Taskbar.
  4. Under the "Notification" area section, click the Turn system icons on or off option.

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  1. Turn on the Meet Now toggle switch.

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Once you complete the steps, the Meet Now (camera) option will now be available in the notification area of the taskbar.

Set default web browser

In addition to enabling the feature, you also need to be using a supported web browser, such as Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome, since Mozilla Firefox is not supported.

If you are using Firefox, you can use these steps to change the default settings:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click on Default apps.
  4. Under the "Choose default apps" section, click the current web browser and select a supported application (Edge or Chrome).

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After you complete the steps, you can proceed to create a Meet Now session.

How to start video chat with Meet Now on Windows 10

To create a Meet Now meeting from the taskbar, use these steps:

  1. Click the Meet Now icon in the taskbar.
  2. Click the Create a meeting button to open the default browser to create a new meeting session.

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  1. Confirm your name (or nickname that others will recognize).
  2. Click the Copy link button next to the link.Quick tip: You can also click the Share invite button to find other options to send the link to other people. Also, note that anyone with the link can join the conversation.

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  1. Send the link via social media, email, or text to the person you are trying to contact.
  2. Click the Start Meeting button.

Once you complete the steps, the other person must follow the steps below to join the meeting.

Using Outlook on the web

Alternatively, if the option does not appear in the taskbar, you can also use the web version of Outlook to create a new meeting.

To create a new Meet Now meeting with Outlook.com, use these steps:

  1. Open Outlook on the web.
  2. Sign in with your Microsoft account credentials (if applicable).
  3. Click the Meet now button from the top-right corner.

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  1. (Optional) Click the edit (pencil) button to customize the name for the meeting.
  2. Click the Copy Link button.

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  1. Send the link via social media, email, or text to the person you are trying to contact.

After you complete the steps, the session will be ready for the other party to join the meeting.

How to join video chat with Meet Now on Windows 10

To join a Skype Meet Now call, use these steps:

  1. Click the Meet Now icon in the taskbar.
  2. Click the Create a meeting button.
  3. Click the Join a meeting button.

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  1. Paste the link you received in the available field of the Skype page.
  2. Click the Join button.

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  1. Click the Allow button to allow Skype to access the microphone and camera (if applicable).
  2. Click the Join Meeting button.

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Once you complete the steps, you can start a conversation with friends or family. After the conversation is over, anyone can click the red button to end the call.

You can always send the same link to other people to join meeting since Skype Meet Now supports up to one hundred people (in total) per call. If the meeting already started, you can always find the shareable link opening the Chat section in the Skype toolbar.

Using Skype on the web

If the option is not available, the other person can join the meeting directly from the web version of Skype.

To join a video call using Meet Now, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.Quick note: Mozilla Firefox is not a supported browser to use the web version of Skype to create a meeting.
  2. Open this Skype website (opens in new tab).
  3. Paste the link in the meeting link or code in the available field.
  4. Click the Join button.

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  1. Click the Allow button to allow Skype to access the microphone and camera (if applicable).
  2. Click the Join Meeting button.

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After you complete the steps, you can start a video chat with one or multiple people.

While we are focusing this guide on Windows 10, people can join the Skype Meet Now meeting using other platforms, including iPhone, iPad, macOS, and Android. They will still need to download the Skype app on mobile devices, but sign up won't be required.

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

16 Comments
  • I saw this on my Mum's Intel laptop, but it's not there on my Surface Pro X with 20H1. It took ages for Your Phone to support calling so I suspect this isn't yet available on Windows on ARM devices. Cam Windows Central remember to say if something is compatible with x86 and ARM or just x86. Thanks.
  • It works on the X if you have Skype already installed.
  • Afraid not I do sadly. It's not the app. It's not there in Taskbar settings to shown Meet Now on the Taskbar.
  • Strange this uses the Web App and not the built-in Skype Windows App.
  • It uses the Skype app if you have it installed. I just tried it.
  • Available on selected devices. Full fledged Windows 10 20H2 and the feature is not available here.
  • Where is here? I have it on W10 20H2 in the U.S. Wherever you are, I hope you get it soon.
  • how to uninstall it?
  • They made it impossible. You can only hide it. More malware from Microsoft.
  • Malwares are malicious software or code that usually harms the user in diverse ways. This is just a feature to create video call meetings easier and quickly. If this is malware, then everything is malware. Its okay not to use it, just turn it off.
  • When have you ever been able to uninstall system features? Are you annoyed you can't uninstall the Start Menu too? 😂
  • You just hide it.
  • Soo it's like Netmeeting? 😜
  • No account needed either, just send the link to other people, that is pretty good, had a muck around with it yesterday with a mate for a laugh. It is pretty limited, but ok for a quick chat i suppose.
    The one problem is it only works on Windows as far as i know, which is why we normally use discord.
  • Unfortunately, this article and the comments are completely off. It works on Windows and Mac and all you need is the link and a Chromium browser or you can generate a link on the browser, without that Windows "meet now" thing. Another thing to note is that web client even works in European and mid-east countries where skype voice and video is banned and the skype port is blocked by the government and people therefore use zoom. Much more convenient than zoom, with no timeout.
  • "2. Click the Create a meeting button.
    3. Click the Join a meeting button." If what you wrote is correct, only Microsoft could come up with that!