The purpose of this article is to provide instructions on how you can initiate an instant meeting with a user, group, or team on the RingCentral app desktop and web. 
 
As we’ve discussed in Starting a meeting in the RingCentral app, you can start, schedule, and join meetings directly in the RingCentral app. Besides scheduled meetings, you can also initiate non-scheduled meetings.
Instant meetings are non-scheduled meetings that you can start at any time with a user, group, or team with the click of a button. This is helpful in instances when you are messaging a person but decide later on that you want to start a video meeting.
 
There are several ways you can initiate an instant meeting on the RingCentral app. These methods include the following:
  • Starting an instant meeting via the search bar by searching for a user, group, or team, hovering your mouse over the name, and clicking the Start video call video camera icon
  • Starting an instant meeting via a direct or group message or team conversation and clicking the Start video call video camera button at top right of the conversation header bar
  • Starting an instant meeting via the Contacts menu by selecting the camera icon besides the user’s name or in their profile 

Starting an instant meeting via the search bar

To start an an instant meeting via the search bar, follow these steps:
1. Click the search bar at the top of your screen
2. Type the name of the person, group, or team to populate a list of contacts underneath the search bar
3. Hover your mouse over the name of the user, group, or team in the search results and click the Start video call icon at far right
Video meeting via Search

Starting an instant meeting via Message

To start an an instant meeting via Message, follow these steps:
1. Navigate to Message via the left-hand navigation bar 
2. Open a conversation for a user, group, or team
3. Click the Start video call button at top right of the conversation header bar
Video meeting via Messages

Starting an instant meeting via Contacts

To start an an instant meeting via Contacts, follow these steps:
1. Navigate to Contacts via the left-hand navigation bar
2. Type in the name of a user, group, or team in the Filter all contacts field at the upper right to populate the list of names underneath 
3. Hover over the name and click the video camera icon at far right
Video meeting via Contacts