How To Download Read Only Recording From Microsoft Teams

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As someone who uses Microsoft Teams regularly, I frequently have the need to save and distribute important meetings or presentations. One useful feature for this task is the option to download read-only recordings of these sessions. This enables me to review the material at a later time or share it with coworkers who were unable to attend the initial meeting. In this article, I will provide a tutorial on how to download read-only recordings from Microsoft Teams.

Step 1: Accessing the Recording

The first step is to navigate to the meeting or presentation for which you want to download the read-only recording. Open Microsoft Teams and go to the chat or channel where the meeting took place. Scroll through the chat history until you find the meeting link or the notification that the recording is available. Click on the link to access the recording.

Step 2: Opening the Recording

Once you have clicked on the recording link, Microsoft Teams will open a new window or tab in your web browser. The recording will start playing automatically. Take note of the playback controls at the bottom of the screen, as you may need them later.

Step 3: Downloading the Recording

To download the read-only recording, look for the ellipsis (…) icon in the bottom-right corner of the playback window. Click on it to open a menu of options. From the menu, select “Download.” Depending on your browser settings, you may be asked to choose a location on your computer to save the file.

Step 4: Reviewing the Downloaded Recording

Once the download is complete, navigate to the location on your computer where the file was saved. Double-click on the file to open it in your default media player. You can now view the read-only recording at your convenience.

It is important to note that downloaded read-only recordings are in an MP4 format, which is widely supported by most media players. You can also share the downloaded file with others by uploading it to a cloud storage service or sending it as an email attachment.


Downloading read-only recordings from Microsoft Teams is a convenient way to save and share important meetings or presentations. By following the simple steps outlined in this article, you can easily access, download, and review these recordings at your own pace. So the next time you find yourself in need of a reference or want to share valuable information with others, don’t forget to take advantage of this useful feature in Microsoft Teams.