How To Record Google Meet 2021

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As an individual who is interested in technology and regularly relies on Google Meet for virtual meetings and events, I recognize the importance of recording these sessions for future use or distributing to others. In this article, I will walk you through the steps of recording Google Meet sessions in 2021.

Why Record Google Meet?

Before we delve into the technicalities, let’s talk about why you might want to record a Google Meet session. There are numerous reasons why recording a meeting can be beneficial:

  • Reference: Recording a meeting allows you to go back and review important details, ensuring that you don’t miss any crucial information or action items.
  • Sharing: If you have absent colleagues or participants who couldn’t make it to the meeting, sharing the recorded session can help them catch up on what they missed.
  • Training: Recording a Google Meet session can be valuable for training purposes. You can use the recordings to create instructional videos or to provide examples for future training sessions.
  • Archiving: Sometimes, you may need to keep a record of important meetings for future reference or legal purposes.

Recording a Google Meet Session

Recording a Google Meet session is a straightforward process. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Start a Google Meet Session

First, you need to initiate a Google Meet session. This can be done by starting a new meeting or joining an existing one. Make sure you have the necessary permissions to start or join a meeting, as per your organization’s guidelines.

Step 2: Enable Recording

Once inside the Google Meet session, look for the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. Locate and click on the three-dot menu icon (more options) in the bottom right corner. From the menu that appears, select “Record meeting.”

Note: The ability to record meetings may be subject to administrator settings. If you don’t see the “Record meeting” option, check with your organization’s Google Workspace administrator for assistance.

Step 3: Confirm Recording

After clicking on “Record meeting,” a dialog box will appear, notifying participants that the session is being recorded. Inform all participants about the recording to ensure compliance with privacy regulations and obtain the necessary consent.

Step 4: Start Recording

Once you have confirmed the recording, click on the “Start recording” button in the dialog box. The recording will begin, and a small red dot will appear in the top-right corner of the Google Meet window to indicate that the session is being recorded.

Step 5: End the Recording

To stop the recording, click on the “More options” (three-dot menu) icon again, and this time select “Stop recording” from the menu. Confirm your action, and the recording will automatically stop.

Accessing and Sharing the Recorded Meeting

After ending the recording, Google Meet will process the file and make it available to the meeting organizer. The recording will automatically be saved to the organizer’s Google Drive, specifically in the “Meet Recordings” folder.

To access and share the recording:

  1. Open your Google Drive and navigate to the “Meet Recordings” folder.
  2. Locate the recorded meeting file, which will be in the format of a video file.
  3. Click on the file to view it or right-click and select “Share” to generate a shareable link or invite participants via email.


Recording Google Meet sessions can be an essential feature for capturing and preserving important discussions, training materials, or moments worth revisiting. Whether you need to reference a critical detail, share information with absent participants, or keep a record for legal purposes, Google Meet’s recording functionality has you covered. Just remember to obtain consent from participants and be mindful of privacy regulations when recording sessions. Happy recording!