How to Transcribe Google Meet: Live Calls and Recordings

In the modern working era, an overwhelming number of organizations have adopted a hybrid working model, which calls for more virtual meetings. Google Meet is one of the best video conferencing platforms available to be utilized for this need. 

To make the most out of your virtual meetings, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the relevant Google Meet features that can bolster meeting productivity, one of which is the transcription feature. Transcribing a Google Meet meeting saves a lot of time sorting notes manually after meetings and ensures you don’t miss out on anything important.

In this article, you’ll learn how to efficiently transcribe Google Meet, whether it’s a live call or a meeting recording.

How do we benefit from Google Meet transcription?

Transcription is the process of converting audio to text by using AI-powered speech recognition technology, and it is not new to the market.

Transcripts of your Google Meet provide value to your team in several ways:

  • Making the meeting more inclusive. If anyone in your team is hard of hearing or in noisy places, the transcript text will help them understand what is going on.

  • Keeping everyone on the same page. If some attendees were unable to make it, the transcript keeps all the meeting details and can be shared easily.

  • Serving as a permanent written record. The transcripts capture the meeting discussion, making it easier to follow up on the meeting decisions or confirm what has been discussed.

How to live transcribe Google Meet calls?

Basically, there are two methods to transcribe Google Meet in real-time:

  • Use Google Meet's built-in transcription (for limited users)

  • Use a third-party Google Meet transcription extension (for all users)

Either way, you will get a written transcript in just a few steps; let’s check them out.

Method 1: Use Transcripts with Google Meet

After Zoom and Microsft Teams announced having built-in transcription service, Google finally added automatic transcriptions to its Meet video conferencing service in Oct. 2022. 

However, the Google Meet transcription service is currently only available to users on a computer or laptop, and they must have a paid Google Workspace account, as listed below:

  • Business Standard

  • Business Plus

  • Enterprise Starter

  • Enterprise Standard

  • Enterprise Plus

  • Teaching & Learning Upgrade

  • Education Plus

If you are eligible, let’s go through the steps to transcribe a Google Meet call (if not, you may jump to method 2).

Step 1: On your computer, join or start a Google Meet meeting.

Step 2: Click Activities at the bottom right corner, and then select Transcripts > Start Transcription > Start

start transcription in Google Meet

Tip: You should get consent from other participants to start transcription, and a transcript icon will be displayed in the left corner for everyone in the meeting.

Step 3: To stop transcription, click Activities > Transcripts > Stop Transcription > Stop.

After the meeting ends, the meeting host, any co-hosts, and the transcript initiator will receive an automated email with a link to the transcript, which is also attached to the calendar event.

Method 2: Live transcribe Google Meet using Notta

Notta is a meeting recording and transcription tool for the most popular video conferencing platforms, including Google Meet, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams.

Unlike Google Meet's built-in transcription which only allows you to view the transcript after the meeting is over, Notta offers live transcripts with timestamps and speakers’ names that appear alongside the meeting. Besides, it supports 58 transcription languages and has a high accuracy rate.

Here is how to transcribe Google Meet with Notta:

Step 1: Start or join a Google Meet call.

Step 2: Go to your Notta Dashboard and click ‘Transcribe Live Meeting’.

Step 3: Paste the link of the Google Meet call and click ‘Transcribe Now’. The robot will join the meeting and transcribe audio to text in Google Meet.


Access and share the Google Meet transcript

The Google Meet transcripts are immediately available in the Notta app; you can make edits freely and more:

  • Playback the recording while you are making edits to facilitate the process.

  • Search through the transcript to find important parts quickly.

  • Export the transcript in various formats or share it with anyone else easily via a link.

  • Receive an AI-powered summary that covers the key points and action items.

Make edits to the transcript text by typing them in

Enhance Collaboration with Notta

Share the notes with meeting participants to foster enhanced collaboration. Easily distribute meeting summaries and action items, ensuring everyone is on the same page. This feature promotes better understanding, and effective teamwork among attendees.


How to transcribe Google Meet recordings?

Imagine sitting for hours transcribing a Google Meet recording into text manually; how dreadful it will be. There are many AI transcription software in the market that can save you from this trouble, and today we are going to use Notta transcription to do the job.

In only three steps, you’ll get a transcript of your Google Meet recording.

Step 1: Locate the recording you want to transcribe. You can locate your recordings on your Google Drive > the Meet Recordings folder.

Step 2: Launch the Notta app (you may sign up for a free account if you haven't got one).

Step 3: On the main dashboard, click ‘Import Files’ on the right side. Then drag and drop your video recording, or directly enter the Google Drive link.

Upload your Instagram video to Notta

Step 4: Wait for a while as the tool will start uploading and transcribing immediately. When it's done, return to the dashboard and you will find the transcript.

Check Notta Recording List

FAQs about Google Meet transcription

Q: Where does Google Meet save recordings?

Google Drive saves recordings from Google Meet in the Meet Recordings folder. If you're using Google Drive, you can also download files in that folder directly to your computer. 

Q: Can you transcribe a meeting on Google Meet?

Yes, it is possible to transcribe audio to text in Google Meet, either with the built-in transcription service or with a third-party tool like Notta, which leverages AI algorithms to automatically transcribe the meeting, whether it's live or recorded.

Sum up

The automatic transcription feature of Google Meet is much welcomed by users, though it has some limitations.

If you are not a Business or Enterprise Google Workspace user but still need the transcription service, I recommend the Notta meeting assistant, which will record your Google Meet meeting video and audio and document the conversations.

Transcription Simplified With Notta

Easily access your recordings whenever you need them, without the hassle of searching through cluttered folders. Experience the convenience and organization of Notta for Google Meet recordings.

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