Google Meet is a free online video-communication service hosted by Google that is ideal for people of all professional backgrounds, students, and individuals looking to stay connected.
Recording a Google Meet session provides many benefits, from sharing a work meeting with a coworker who couldn’t attend the meeting to referencing a lecture and creating notes or transcriptions later on. Today, we’re sharing multiple ways that you can easily record a Google Meet call on your PC, smartphone, and much more.
Keep reading to learn more about recording Google Meet calls:
Recording a Google Meet session through Google Meet is limited to individuals using specific Google Workspace memberships. In other words, you can’t record a Google Meet session if you have a free, standard Google account that is not associated with a business or organization account, you won’t be able to record a Google Meet call through Google Meet.
You’ll need to sign up for a Google Workspace Individual Plan if you are interested in recording Google Meet calls through Google Meet.
Currently, these Google Workspace editions are eligible for recording through Google Meet directly according to Google:
If you have an eligible Google Workspace account, you can record a Google Workspace meeting if you are the meeting organizer, in the same organization as the meeting organizer, or are granted recording access by the Google Workspace administrator.
Please note that you can only record Google Meet calls through the Google Meet app on a PC. Mobile devices are not eligible for this feature.
When you record a Google Meet session, the following parts of the Google Meet session are saved in the recording:
If a participant has live captions on during the Google Meet recording, the captions will not be recorded and won’t automatically open during the recording replay.
1. Start by opening your Google meet session.
2. Click ‘Activities’ in the bottom right-hand corner. The following sidebar will appear, and underneath ‘Premium,’ you will have the option to click ‘Recording’ and start recording the Google Meet session.
3. Click ‘Start’ in the pop-up window and ‘Stop Recording’ when you want to stop the recording.
*Please note that you need to have the correct Google Workspace account to access premium features, such as recording. If you don’t have this type of account, “Recording” will not be an option, and you’ll need to use a third-party extension or ask your Workspace administrator for access to record the meeting. Keep reading for alternative ways to record directly inside Google Meet.
One of the best ways to record Google Meet sessions on mobile devices is by using the free Screen Recorder - XRecorder app. This app records both video and audio on Android and iOs mobile devices.
If you do not have a premium Google Workspace account or are not given recording access by the meeting organizer, you can still record a Google Meet session as a participant using a screen recorder.
We recommend using Vmaker, a free online screen recorder that allows you to record Google Meets without a G Suite Enterprise account.
Vmaker is available for Mac and Google Chrome. To use Vmaker to record a Google Meet as a participant, take the following steps:
Notta is a free speech-to-text application that you can easily record the audio from Google Meet sessions, even without a premium Google Workspace account. On top of this, Notta can quickly transcribe your meeting, export your audio recordings in multiple formats, translate your session into 104 different languages, and sync the meeting across multiple devices. You can also easily add photos and notes to your Google Meet audio file and transcription for future reference.
The Notta Bot is a great way to record audio from a Google Meet session. Please note that the Notta Bot feature is not available for free members.
To use the Notta Bot feature, take the following steps:
The easiest way to record Google Meet calls automatically is by connecting your Google Calendar to Notta. Connecting your Google Calendar to Notta allows the Notta Bot to join all of your video calls automatically.
To connect your Google Calendar to Notta, take the following steps:
Interested in sharing your Google Meet recording with a coworker, friend, or fellow student? Check out the three following ways that you can share your recording.
If you create a recording through Google Meet directly, it’ll automatically save a copy of the recording to your Google Drive. Google Drive makes sharing and downloading your recording easy.
To share a Google Meet recording through a link, go to your Notta dashboard and click on your Google Meet session recording. Then, click ‘share’ and ‘copy link,’ located underneath the recording title.
While researching this video, we came across several great resources for additional information on how to record a Google Meet session.
We love this video on “How to Record Google Meet | Google Meet Features,” which goes over how to record a Google Meet session through Google Meet, QuickTime, and Screencastify.
Another great resource is this video on “How to Record and Share Screen on Google Meet in Mobile,” which shows how to record Google Meet calls on your phone despite Google Meet’s limitations on recording mobile calls. It also demonstrates how to share your screen while recording a Google Meet call.
The record option in Google Meet is under Activities which is on the bottom right of your Google Meet screen. Then, under Premium you’ll find an option for recording. Please keep in mind that you need a premium Google Workspace account to access the recording feature. You’ll also need to be either the meeting organizer, part of the meeting organizer’s organization, or granted access by the meeting organizer to record through Google Meet.
If the recording is performed through Google Meet, Google will give you an automatic notification that you’re being recorded. Your shared video, audio, and any information in the Google Meet chat will be recorded in this case. However, it’s also possible for a meeting member to record the Google Meet session through a third-party program, which won’t always give you a heads-up that you are being recorded. As a result, it’s considered best practice to always assume that you are being recorded and never share information you don’t want recorded in a Google Meet or video call.
Yes. Google Meet can be recorded through multiple third-party apps, such as Screen Recorder - XRecoder on your mobile device, Vmaker for video and audio recording, or Notta for audio recording and transcription.
Recording a Google Meet call is great for reference, sharing with your coworkers or classmates, and creating transcriptions or online content with. Google Meet’s recording feature is the easiest way to record a Google Meet call. However, it requires access to be granted by a meeting organizer and a premium Google Workspace membership.
If you don’t have these options, a third-party software is a great option. We strongly recommend Notta for high-quality, automatic audio recordings and transcriptions and Vmaker for video screen recording. Both are easy to use and free options.