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How do I record a Google Meet?

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Teachers can record when signed in to their G Suite account (such as Gmail). Students cannot record.

When you record a video meeting:

  • Recordings include the active speaker and anything that’s presented. Other windows or notifications are not included. Pinning a participant won’t affect who is shown in the recording.
  • Recordings are saved to the organizer’s Meet Recordings folder in My Drive. An email with the recording link is also sent to the meeting organizer and the person who started the recording. The link is also added to the calendar event.
  • People outside of your organization, mobile app users, and people who dial in using a phone get notified when the recording starts or stops, but cannot control the recording.
  • If a participant turns on live captions during recording, the captions won’t be recorded and don’t appear when you play the recording.

Examples

  • Record team presentations and share them afterwards with co-workers.
  • Record training materials and make them available on demand to students and new employees.
  • Record conferences that people can’t physically attend.

Start and stop a recording

Recording is only available with the computer version of Meet. Mobile app users get notified when the recording starts or stops, but cannot control recording.

You can’t record if you join only to present, such as from a laptop while already in a video conference room. Join the video meeting first, start presenting, and then record.

  1. Open Meet and start or join a meeting.
  2. Click More Record meeting.
    See also I can’t find the recording button.
  3. Wait for the recording to start.  
    Other participants are notified when the recording starts or stops.
  4. Click More Stop recording when you finish.
    • The recording also stops when everyone leaves the meeting.
  5. Click Stop recording again to verify.
  6. Wait for the recording file to be generated and saved to the organizer’s organizer’s My Drive > Meet Recordings folder. An email with the recording link is also sent to the meeting organizer and the person who started the recording. 
Record meeting

Play, share, download, or save a recording

In Google Drive

Recordings save to the meeting organizer’s My Drive > Meet Recordings folder. However, if the organizer changes or if the meeting occurs outside of the scheduled calendar time, the meeting link is sent to the original event creator.

  • To share a recording, select the file and click Share . Or, click Link  and paste the link in an email or chat message.
  • For best results, download the recording and then play it from your computer. Select the file and click More Download . Double-click the downloaded file to play it.
  • In Drive, double-click the recording to play it. “Still processing” appears until the file is ready for online viewing.
  • To add a recording to My Drive, select the file and click Add to My Drive .

From an email link

An email with the recording link is sent to the meeting organizer and the person who started the recording.

  1. In the email, click the link and wait for the recording to open..
  2. Select an option:
    • To play the recording, click Play  .
    • To share the recording, click More Share . Enter user names or email addresses and click Done.Note: You can also copy and share a link.
    • To download the file, click Download .
    • To add the recording to the current folder, click Add to My Drive  . 

In the Calendar event

If the recording starts during the scheduled meeting time, the recording is automatically linked in the Calendar event. Meeting participants who are in the same organizational unit as the meeting organizer are automatically granted access to the recording.

Recording FAQ

I can’t find the recording button

  • Confirm that your admin has turned on recording for Meet in the Google Admin console.
  • Verify that you’re using Meet on a computer. Recording is only available for the computer version. 
  • You can’t record if you join only to present, such as from a laptop while already in a video conference room. Join the video meeting first, start presenting, and then record.
  • You can’t record if the meeting was created on a conference room device (such as Meet hardware), or was generated by another process, such as a Chrome plug in. Schedule the meeting in calendar or be sure a person, and not a device, starts any ad-hoc meetings.
  • If you can no longer record a recurring meeting that used to allow recording, make sure the meeting organizer’s account is not disabled, which also disabled recordings for the meetings they organized. To fix this, delete the meeting from the calendar event, save it, and add a new meeting code to recreate a meeting as the new owner.

I can’t find the recording

Recordings must be generated and are not immediately available after the recording ends. 

When ready, an email with the recording link is sent to the meeting organizer and the person who started the recording.

The recording link is also added to the calendar event and saved to the meeting organizer’s Meet Recordings folder in My Drive.

See Play, share, download, or save a recording.

My recording in Google Drive says “Still processing”

“Still processing” means that the recording is still being prepared to view. 

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Download

To play the recording immediately, select the file and click More Download . Double-click the downloaded file on your computer.

I shared the recording with someone, but they can’t download it

Make sure you allow others to download your files:

  1. Open Google Drive.
  2. Select the recording file and click Share or Share .
  3. In the bottom right, click Advanced.
  4. Uncheck the box next to “Disable options to download, print, and copy for commenters and viewers.”
  5. Click Save changes > Done.

See Stop, limit, or change sharing.

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