Record a video meeting

Important: Record a meeting is only available on a computer.
Requirements to record a video meeting

You can record video meetings with these Google Workspace editions:

  • Business Plus
  • Business Standard
  • Essentials
  • Education Plus. This is available to users with a "Staff" or "Student" license.
  • Enterprise Essentials
  • Enterprise Plus
  • Enterprise Standard
  • Enterprise Starter
  • Google One subscribers with 2 TB or more storage space
  • Teaching and Learning Upgrade. This is available to users with a “Teaching and Learning Upgrade” license.
  • Workspace Individual Subscriber
Tip: If you’re a Google Workspace administrator who manages Google Meet for your organization, you must first allow meeting recording.
Learn how to record a meeting
  1. On your computer, in Google Meet, click Start or Join.
  2. At the bottom right, click Activities and then Recording.
    • To record the meeting captions, select a language.
    • In some cases, if the recording is played on Google Drive, the recording file might be ready a few hours before the captions are available.
  3. Click Start recording.
  4. In the pop-up screen, click Start.
  5. Wait for the recording to start. Participants get a notification when the recording starts or stops.
    • Meetings can only be recorded for a total of 8 hours, then the recording stops automatically.
  6. To stop a recording, click Activities and then Recording and then Stop Recording.
  7. In the pop-up screen, click Stop recording.
    • Tip: The recording stops automatically when everyone leaves the meeting.

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

The recording is saved to the meeting organizer’s My Drive > Meet Recordings folder.

For meetings created through:

  • Google Calendar: The meeting organizer is the person who creates the meeting event on Google Calendar.
  • The Meet homepage or another product such as Gmail or Jamboard: The meeting organizer is the person who launches the meeting or generates the code.
Learn who can record a meeting

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

You can record if:

  • You’re the meeting host.
  • You’re from outside the host's organization and promoted to a co-host.
  • You're from the host's organization and Host Management is off.
  • You’re a teacher or co-teacher for meetings created through Google Classroom.

Google Workspace for Education accounts:

Education Fundamentals or Education Standard accounts: Teachers/staff or students can record meetings they organize.
Teaching and Learning Upgrade accounts: Anyone in the same organization as the meeting organizer can record a meeting.
Education Plus: Teachers/staff or students can record meetings they organize and meetings that are organized by someone in their organization.
Tip: You can’t record a meeting if you join only to present. You should join the video meeting first, start your presentation, and then record.
Learn 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 presented. You can also choose to record the meeting's captions. 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 in the recording. 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
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 entire duration of the recorded video.

Where is a Meet chat saved?

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

How do I play Meet chat recordings?

You can play Meet chat recordings on media players. When recordings play on a media player like VLC Media Player, chat contents display as subtitles.

How do I play recorded captions?

If you record a meeting, select Record captions to embed captions in the clip.

  • If you play the recording in Google Drive via the YouTube player, you can click the Closed Caption button Closed caption to play captions with the recording.
  • If you download the recording you can play it and enable subtitles on apps like VLC Media Player or QuickTime Player.


  • If you record captions, the recording file might be ready before the captions are available if played on Google Drive. The captions may become playable a few hours after the recording file is generated.
  • If a screen is shared in a recorded meeting, the video resolution depends on the resolution of the largest screen shared, which is up to 1080p. Admins can opt out of 1080p recordings for their organizations. For more info, go to Set recording quality limits for screen shares
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
Troubleshoot recording issues in meetings 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. Individual meeting participants in the same organization as the meeting organizer automatically get access to the recording. Groups don't automatically get access.
Make sure your Google Drive has enough space

Google Meet recordings upload to the organizer’s Google Drive. Make sure there’s enough space on your Drive to record your meeting.

To record a meeting, make sure:

  • You haven’t met your personal Drive quota.
  • Your organization hasn’t met its Drive quota.

If you have space in your Drive, but your organization doesn’t have space, you can’t record the meeting.

Important: Once you meet your storage quota, you get an alert on Meet. We recommend you keep track of your available storage space through Google Drive or Google storage page.

For Workspace editions with Admin capabilities: If you meet your storage quota, contact your Google Workspace administrator.

Enable recording to start automatically

Hosts can enable certain features to start automatically when a meeting begins, like Record the meeting, Transcribe the meeting, and Take notes with Gemini.

  1. When creating a meeting, click Video call options and then Meeting records.
  2. Select Record the meeting.

Tip: Participants who join a meeting where the host has enabled these features get an on-screen warning message.


  • Even if these features are enabled, they won’t start until the host or co-host joins the meeting on web.
  • Notes and recordings are automatically shared with the hosts and co-hosts.


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