Google Meet is an effective video conferencing tool for teams, businesses, and even classrooms. In addition to creating a virtual meeting environment, the app allows you to record and save video calls for later use.
This post will show you how to record Google Meet meetings in five simple steps. You will also learn a few important rules about who can record meetings in Meet, as well as how to download and share your recordings.
Benefits of Recording Meetings
The record feature in Meet is not just a fanciful option. It is useful in a few ways, including:
- Sharing the recording with teammates, employees, or students who were not present during the meeting. This keeps everyone in the loop.
- Allowing you to re-watch a meeting video to make sure you are not missing out on any vital information.
- It allows participants to engage more, be fully present, and concentrate on the meeting without worrying about taking notes. They can play back the recording later if they need to recall precise details.
Who Can Record Meetings in Google Meet?
Google Meet allows users to record a video meeting but not everyone with a Google account can do so.
You cannot record a meeting if you have a personal account. Meet editions that support video recording include:
- Google Workspace
- Business Standard and Plus
Users with the Education Fundamentals edition can also access the recording functionality temporarily. For these users, access to the feature ends after 2021.
If you don’t see the video recording option in your version of Meet, it could be because:
- You are using an unsupported Google Meet edition
- Your administrator has yet to give you access to the feature
- You are not using the computer version of Google Meet (the feature does not exist in the mobile version)
How to Record Google Meet Video Call
- Open Google Meet and click New meeting to start a meeting or enter a meeting link to join one.
- When Meet starts, click More (the three vertical dots at the bottom right corner of the screen) to show more options and click Record Meeting.
- A window asking for consent shows up requesting permission to record the meeting participants. Click Accept to allow Google Meet to send the consent forms to every participant. Wait for the recording to start.
- When it’s time to end the recording, click More (three dots) and click Stop recording. Note that the recording will automatically stop when everyone leaves the meeting.
- Confirm that you want to end the recording by clicking Stop recording again. Google Meet will automatically generate and save the recording as a file in the meeting organizer’s recordings folder in Google Drive. Also, Meet sends an email with the recording link to both the person who recorded the meeting and the organizer.
Download and Share Your Recording
It won’t be useful to learn how to record Google Meet calls if you can’t download and share the recording with participants or those who missed the event.
Thankfully, Meet allows you to download meeting recordings to your computer and even share them with others.
You can download and share the recording from Google Drive, email, or calendar event.
Downloading and Sharing from Google Drive
- Navigate to the Recordings folder
- Select the file you want to download
- Click More (three dots)
- Click the Download icon and the file will be saved on your device
- Once the download is complete, double-click the file to play the recording
To share the recording with others:
- Select the file from the Recordings folder in Google Drive
- Click the Share icon
- Select the file
- Click the Link icon
- Copy and paste the link as a text message or in an email
Downloading and Sharing from Email
If you started the recording or you organized the event, Meet automatically sends you an email containing the link to the recording. You can download the recording to your device and share it using this link.
- Open the email and click the link to the recording
- Wait for the recording to open and then do one of the following:
- Click the Download icon to save the file to your device
- Click the Play icon to watch the video recording
To Share the recording from your email:
- Click More (three dots)
- Select the Share icon
- Enter the participants’ email addresses or user names
- Click Done
You can also copy the link and share it via text, chat, or any other medium.
Downloading and Sharing from Calendar Event
Google Meet allows you to schedule a meeting and notify participants ahead of time. If the meeting starts according to schedule and you record the event, Meet automatically links the recording to the Calendar Event.
In this case, you don’t need to share the recording link with participants in the same organization as the organizer. Google Meet automatically grants every member of the meeting access to the recording, as long as they are in the same organization or unit as the organizer.
A Few Things to Keep in Mind
How to record Google Meet videos is pretty straightforward but before you go ahead and hit the record button, there are a few things you should know.
- First, it is best to let other participants know before recording the meeting. Remember, it is considered illegal to record people without their consent. This is why Google Meet always sends consent forms to all participants.
- You can only record the active speaker. While you can pin a participant, it doesn’t show them in the recording if they are not the active speaker.
- Also, only active presentations are recorded. All other windows, notifications, and live captions are not captured in the recording.
- Participants who dial into the meeting using a phone, mobile app users and those outside your organization will all be notified of the beginning and end of the recording. But they do not have any control over the recording.