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Turn Meet recording on or off for your organization

Supported editions for this feature: Business Standard and Business Plus; Enterprise Standard and Enterprise Plus; Teaching and Learning Upgrade and Education Plus; Essentials, Enterprise Essentials, and Enterprise Essentials PlusCompare your edition

Note: If you're not an IT admin, go to Record a video meeting instead.

As an IT administrator, you can let meeting organizers and participants in your organization record Google Meet meetings and calls. Teachers can record meetings when signed in to their Google Workspace account. If the teacher is the meeting organizer, students can also record the meeting.

Recordings allow you and your users to share a meeting with people who couldn't attend or remember what happened at a meeting a few months ago. Recording is not automatic—somebody needs to start the recording for each meeting.

Turn recording on or off for Meet

Troubleshooting: Why can't a user record?

Users can't record for the following reasons:

  • Recording is turned off for all participants in the meeting. For example:
    • An administrator turns off recording for the meeting owner
    • The meeting owner’s account is deactivated
    • The meeting owner's Workspace edition does not support recording
  • Recording is turned off for specific people. For example, out-of-domain participants in non-moderated meetings and participants who aren’t hosts in moderated meetings can’t record meetings.
  • The participant is in a breakout room.

If you are the IT administrator for your organization, follow the steps below to turn recording on. 

Step 1: Sign into your admin account

Sign in to your Google Admin console.

Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

If you're using Meet and don't see an option to record, ask your IT administrator to turn on Meet recording by following the steps in this article. If you're trying to record a call or meeting in Meet, go to Record a video meeting instead.

Step 2: Check if recording is available

Make sure you have a Google Workspace edition that supports recording.Compare your edition

Step 3: Make sure Drive is on

If you allow users to record calls and meetings, they can find them in the Meet Recordings folder in Google Drive. Recordings are saved for three months. To make sure users can access recordings, you need to:

  1. Make sure the users have Drive turned on. For instructions, go to View which apps are turned on for a user, group, or organizational unit. If needed, turn Drive on or off for users.
  2. Make sure the users have permission to create new files in Drive. For details, go to Turn Docs creation on or off.

Drive is turned on by default for most organizations.

To record and save recordings to Drive, both the user and your organization must have enough available storage space. For details, go to Review storage use across your organization.

Step 4: Turn recording on or off for Meet

Before you begin: If needed, learn how to apply the setting to a department or group.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. In the Admin console, go to Menu and then Appsand thenGoogle Workspaceand thenGoogle Meet.
  3. Click Meet video settings.
  4. (Optional) To apply the setting only to some users, at the side, select an organizational unit (often used for departments) or configuration group (advanced). Show me how

    Group settings override organizational units. Learn more

  5. Click Recording and check or uncheck the Let people record their meetings box.
  6. Click Save. Or, you might click Override for an organizational unit.

    To later restore the inherited value, click Inherit (or Unset for a group).

Changes can take up to 24 hours but typically happen more quickly. Learn more

(Optional) Step 5: Set recording quality limits for screen shares

Supported editions for this feature: Business Standard and Business Plus; Enterprise Standard and Enterprise PlusTeaching and Learning Upgrade and Education Plus; Enterprise Essentials and Enterprise Essentials Plus.  Compare your edition

Recording presentations and other kinds of screen shares at 1080p makes them much easier to read than when they're recorded at lower resolutions. If saving Drive space is a bigger priority for your organization,  you can limit screen share recording quality to a maximum of 720p.

Set recording quality limits for screen shares 

Before you begin: If needed, learn how to apply the setting to a department or group.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. In the Admin console, go to Menu and then Appsand thenGoogle Workspaceand thenGoogle Meet.
  3. Click Meet video settings.
  4. (Optional) To apply the setting only to some users, at the side, select an organizational unit (often used for departments) or configuration group (advanced). Show me how

    Group settings override organizational units. Learn more

  5. Click Default video recording quality and check or uncheck the Record at highest available resolution when conditions allow (default) box.
  6. Click Save. Or, you might click Override for an organizational unit.

    To later restore the inherited value, click Inherit (or Unset for a group).

Changes can take up to 24 hours but typically happen more quickly. Learn more

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