Record a video meeting

You can record video meetings with these Google Workspace editions:

  • Essentials
  • Business Standard
  • Business Plus
  • Enterprise Essentials
  • Enterprise Standard
  • Enterprise Plus 
  • Education Fundamentals (Available to users with a "staff" license)
  • Education Plus (Available to users with a "staff" license)
  • Teaching and Learning Upgrade (Available to users with a “Teaching and Learning Upgrade” license)

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Tip: If you’re a Google Workspace administrator who manages Google Meet for your organization, first allow meeting recording.

Who can record a meeting

You can record video meetings for other people to watch later. 

To record a meeting, a Google Workspace administrator must turn on recording for your account.

You can record if:

  • You’re the meeting organizer
  • You’re in the same organization as the organizer
  • You’re a teacher signed in to your Google Workspace account, but not a student

Learn about your available Meet features.

What’s recorded in a video meeting

Important: Before you present from Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides, join the meeting to know if it is being recorded.

Recordings include the active speaker and anything that’s presented. Recordings are saved to the organizer’s Meet Recordings folder in My Drive. An email with the recording link is sent to the meeting organizer and the person who started the recording. The link is added to the Calendar event.

Other windows or notifications are not included. Pinning a participant won’t affect who is shown in the recording.

These people get notified when a recording starts or stops, but can’t control the recording:

  • People outside of your organization
  • Mobile app users
  • People who dial in using a phone 

If a participant turns on live captions during recording, the captions won't be recorded and don't open when you play the recording.

Important: When meetings are recorded the chat conversation log is also saved.

Which part of a Meet chat is recorded?

Chats are recorded for the duration of the video.

Where is a Meet chat saved? 

Chats are saved as an .SBV file in the meeting organizer's Drive.

How do I play a transcript?

Transcript playback capabilities depend on the media player you use. Chat contents are displayed as subtitles when files are downloaded in a media player such as VLC. 

When to record meetings 

Recording meetings is useful when you want to review the meeting later, or share it with people who couldn’t attend. For example:

  • Team presentations available on-demand for students and new employees
  • Conference presentations that you want to share with people later
  • Virtual training sessions that people can replay on-demand

Start and stop a recording

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

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

  1. Start or Join a meeting.
  2. At the bottom right, click Activities  and then Recording
  3. Click Start recording
  4. In the window that appears, click Start.
  5. Wait for the recording to start. Other participants are notified when the recording starts or stops.
  6. When you finish,  click Activities  and then Recording and then Stop Recording.
  7. In the window that appears, click Stop recording.
    • Tip: The recording also stops when everyone leaves the meeting.

The recording is saved to the meeting organizer’s My Drive > Meet Recordings folder. An email with the recording link is sent to the meeting organizer, and the person who started the recording.

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 recording link is sent to the original event creator.

To share a recording:

  1. Select the file and then Share Add approver .
  2. Or, click Link "" and then paste the link in an email or chat message.

For best results, download the recording and then play it from your computer:

  1. Select the file and click More Moreand then Download "".
  2. 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 Moreand thenShare. Enter usernames or email addresses and click Done.

Tip: 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 Google Calendar event

If the recording starts at the scheduled meeting time, the recording links to the Google Calendar event. Meeting participants in the same organizational unit as the meeting organizer are automatically granted access to the recording. This only applies to meetings created via a Google Calendar. 

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