Record a video meeting

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Through September 30, 2020, G Suite customers have free access to advanced Google Meet video conference features, such as larger meetings (up to 250 participants), live streaming, and recording. After September 30, Google Meet feature availability will be determined by the customer's G Suite license agreement. Recorded meetings, however, will stay in the respective owner’s Drive.

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How to: Record a meeting in Google Meet

Record Meet video meetings

Note: If you are a G Suite administrator who manages Google Meet for your organization, enable meeting recording before trying these steps. Learn how

If recording is enabled by a G Suite administrator, you can record video meetings for other people to watch later. You can record if you’re the meeting organizer or in the same organization as that person. 

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.
  • As a best practice, it’s always good to inform other meeting participants before you start recording.


  • 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.

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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 Moreand thenRecord 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 Moreand thenStop 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 meeting 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. 

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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 recording link is sent to the original event creator.


  • To share a recording, select the file and click Share Share. Or, click Link 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 Moreand thenDownload 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 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 Moreand thenShare Add people. 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 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.

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