These days, video conferencing and virtual calls have all but replaced in-person staff meetings, family get-togethers, and happy hours with friends. However, just as in the real world, not everyone is able to make every scheduled meeting. Plus, there are others who want to be able to rewatch or relive get-togethers at a later time. So we'll show you how easy it is to record your Google Meet sessions for posterity in the steps below.
How to record a Google Meet session
- From a Google Meet session, click on the three-dot menu at the bottom center of the screen.
- Click on Record meeting at the top of the pop-up menu.
- Click Start recording from the white panel on the right of the screen.
- A dialog box will pop up asking that you get consent from the other meeting participants.
- Once you have their consent, click Start.
- You will know the meeting is being recorded by the red REC button in the top left corner of the screen.
- When you are ready to end your Google Meet recording, click on Stop recording from the right side panel.
- A dialogue box will pop up asking if you want to stop recording. Click Stop recording.
A recording of the Google Meet session will be saved to your Google Drive.
Depending on the length of the meeting and the size of the file, it may take some time to appear in your Google Drive. As the person who started the recording, you should receive an email with a link to the recording once it has been processed and is ready. An email with a link to the recording will also be sent to the meeting's organizer.
Finally, the recording link is added to the original Google Calendar event, and a copy is automatically added and saved to the meeting organizer's Google Drive in a (new) folder called Meet Recordings.
Many of Google Meet's features are only available to the non-enterprise using public for a limited time. Not to worry, though, as any recordings that you make or that are shared with you will still be available to you in your Google Drive long after any premium features have expired.
Be sure to check out our roundup of the best Google Meet tips and tricks for more ways to get the most out of this robust communication app.
Our top equipment picks
Although you can use Google Meet on a Mac or Windows PC in just about any browser, we're particular to Google's own Chromebooks and Chrome OS. Here's our top pick among the current crop of best Chromebooks.
The best Chromebook for the money
Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5
Performance, style, value
If you're in the market for a quality Chromebook for a reasonable price, it doesn't get any better than this. You get a beautiful 360-degree flex hinge touchscreen for ultimate flexibility.
If you've never used Google Meet, the easiest way is to access it via the web.
Google Meet for Web (See at Google)
Google Meet is free to use with a Gmail account. You get more meeting tools with a G Suite subscription.
Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.
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