Have you just recorded a Google Meet meeting and are wondering where do Google Meet recordings go?
Recording your Google Meet meetings can be a great way to review the call later, or share it with members of your team who weren’t able to make it live.
Keep reading to learn how you can easily find your Google Meet recordings. Here are some of the topics you'll learn about today:
Where does Google Meet save recordings?
Where are the Google Meet recording settings?
How to customize where your recordings are stored
How to save, play, and share your Google Meet recordings
With that said, let's get started!
Google Meet Recordings: Before You Get Started
Before you can record Google Meet meetings, you need to make sure you're using the right version of Google Meet.
If you're using the free version of Google Meet, then you won't be able to record meetings. You'll only be able to host meetings on your desktop and mobile device.
Once you've signed up for an account you can record meetings if you're the meeting organizer, in the same company as the organizer, or are granted access by an admin.
Note: You can only record Google Meet calls through the app on your PC or Mac computer. To record on mobile devices you'll need to use a third-party tool.
Now that you're equipped with the ability to record meetings, let's dive deep into how you can better manage your recordings.
Where Do Google Meet Recordings Go?
Google Meet has built-in settings that will automatically save your recordings so they don’t get lost.
The main Google Meet recording location where it will save your recordings is in a new folder in your Google Drive account called ‘Meet Recordings’.
Beyond being stored in the Google Drive of the person who started the meeting, there are some additional locations where the recording will be stored.
First, both the person who started the recording and the meeting organizer will receive a link in their email inbox. This will be a Google Drive recording link, so you can access the file.
If you click the link, it will take you to a new page and start playing the video.
To send this to other people, simply forward the email to any other person on your team and they'll be able to access the recording the same way (more on this below).
If you created a Google Meet call using Google Calendar, then the recording for the link will automatically get added to the Google Calendar event.
Any person who attended the event will have access to the recording from the calendar.
Now that you have a solid grasp of where Google Meet recordings will be stored, let's show you how to actually access them, step by step.
Google Meet Recording in Google Drive
If you’re the meeting organizer, then the meeting recording will automatically be sent to your Google Drive. Here is how you can easily access the recording:
First, head over to the Google Drive website and click the ‘Go to Drive’ button.
Then, there will be a folder called ‘Meet Recordings’ on the left-hand side of the page, or you’ll see it as soon as you login.
Click this and it will open up the folder containing all of your Google Meet recordings. If the folder hasn’t appeared yet, it’s because Google is still processing the video. Simply wait a few minutes and the folder will appear.
Google Meet Recording in Email Inbox
Another place your Google Meet recording will be sent is to your email inbox. If you’re the person who organized the meeting, or the one who started the recording, then you’ll receive an email that has the link to your video after the meeting is over.
All you need to do is open the email and then click the ‘Play’ button to view the recording.
Google Meet Recording in Google Calendar
It’s common to schedule meetings in Google Calendar along with a Google Meet link.
If you’ve scheduled a meeting and started the recording when the meeting began, then there will automatically be a recording link in the Google Calendar event information once the meeting is over.
Any people who have been invited to the meeting will also have access to the recording from their own Google Calendar.
To view the recording simply click the link and it will open and begin to play.
Where Are the Google Meet Recording Settings?
Google Meet has minimal recording settings. To start and stop a meeting recording, simply follow the steps below.
Go to the Google Meet website and click the ‘New meeting’ button.
Click the ‘Activities’ icon in the bottom right corner of the screen and then choose the ‘Recording’ option.
Then, click the ‘Start Recording’ button.
After that, click the ‘Start’ button on the popup to start recording the meeting.
To stop recording the meeting, you need to click the ‘Stop Recording’ button in the left-hand menu. You can still continue the meeting, even when the recording is finished.
It may take some time for your video to appear in your Google Drive folder and other locations. If it’s a very long recording, then it can take up to 24 hours to show up.
How to Customize Your Local Recording File Path
As you learned above, Google Meet will automatically save the meeting recording in your Google Drive, email, and potentially your Google Calendar event.
You can’t customize where the meeting will get saved beyond this. However, you can easily download the Google Meet recording from your Google Drive and email inbox.
Then, you can save it to a different location, share it with other members of your team, and more.
How to Save, Play, Share, and Download Google Meet Recordings
Now that you know where your Google Meet recordings are stored and how to access them, let’s show you how to save, play, share, and even download these recordings.
This lets you create backups of your recordings, share them with other team members, and more.
Save Google Meet Recordings
When you have a premium Google Workspace account, your Google Meet recordings are automatically saved. There’s nothing else you need to do on your end.
However, you might want to use the download option highlighted below, so you can create an additional backup for all of your recordings.
Play Google Meet Recordings
Playing your Google Meet recordings is quite simple. All you need to do is open up the recording from one of your saved locations and click the link.
Here’s how you can do it from Google Drive, your email inbox, and from Google Calendar.
Open up your Google Drive account and click the ‘Meet Recordings’ folder.
Next, click on one of the Google Meet recordings to view the video file.
Then, double-click on the video file to open it and it will automatically start to play.
Playing Google Meet Recordings in Your Email Inbox
Playing a Google Meet recording from your email is pretty simple. Here’s how to play it from your inbox:
Go to your Gmail account and click on the recording.
Then, you have the option to open it in Google Drive or play the recording in your email inbox.
To play it in your inbox, hover over the email attachment and click the ‘Play’ icon.
Playing Google Meet Recordings in Google Calendar
If you have a Google Meet meeting through a Google Calendar event, then these will be linked together.
Here’s how you, or anyone who attended the meeting, can access the recording.
Open up the Google Calendar event.
Then, click on the recording link. It will automatically open in a new tab and you can watch the recording.
Share Google Meet Recordings
To share your Google Meet recordings you need to go to your Google Drive account. Once you’re inside, simply follow the steps below.
Navigate to your Google Drive account and open the ‘Meet Recordings’ folder.
Then, click the ‘Share’ icon in the top right corner of the page. This brings up a popup where you need to enter the email addresses of the people you want to share the file with. Then, click the ‘Done’ button.
Sharing Your Google Meet Recordings From Email
Once your Google Meet recording is done it will be sent to your inbox. From here, there are two ways you can share this recording:
Simply forward the email that has the link to anyone you want.
Otherwise, you can click the three vertical dots ‘More’ button and then select the ‘Share’ option from the drop-down.
Then, enter the email addresses of the people you want to share the recording with and click the ‘Done’ button.
Download Google Meet Recordings
To download your Google Meet recordings, you need to log in to your Google Drive account. Then, follow the steps below to easily download your recordings.
Click on the ‘Meet Recordings’ folder and then select the meeting recording you want to download.
Next, click the three dots ‘More’ option and then select ‘Download’ from the drop-down list.
Your meeting recording will immediately start to download and save to your desktop or download folder.
Download Google Meet Recordings From Email Inbox
Another way to download your Google Meet recordings is from the link in your email inbox. The process will be similar to downloading the recording from your Google Drive account.
First, go to your email inbox and open up the email that contains the recording.
Next, you need to hover over the recording attachment at the bottom of the email. Then, click the ‘Download’ icon and it will automatically save the recording.
Your file will start to download and save to your computer, usually to your desktop or downloads folder.
Google Meet Recording FAQs
Here are some of the most common questions we’ve received about Google Meet recordings.
Can you check your Google Meet call history?
Yes, Google Meet has a call history available that you can access at any time. All you need to do is sign in to your Google Admin console.
Then, go to Reports > Audit log > Google Meet.
Here you will see your complete call history.
How long does it take for Google Meet recordings to appear?
The time it takes for your recording to process will depend on how long your recording is. Google has to process the video before it can upload to Google Drive, Google Calendar, and your email.
According to Google, it can take up to 24 hours to process your video. However, most recordings will be uploaded much faster than that. On average, you can expect to wait a couple of hours.
We hope this guide helped you learn where your Google Meet recordings go and how you can save, share, and download these recordings.