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September 14, 2023

How to record a Google Meet meeting using Bluedot Extension

In this article, we will show you how to record a meeting in Google Meet using its native recorder and Bluedot's Chrome extension.

How to record a Google Meet meeting using Bluedot Extension
How to record a Google Meet meeting using Bluedot Extension

TL;DR: How to record a meeting in Google Meet

  • Make sure you have a paid Google Workspace account to record a meeting in Google Meet (Business Standard plan or above).
  • Be the host of the Google Meet meeting.
  • Click on the "More options" menu in Google Meet and select the "Manage recording" button to record a Google Meet.
  • After your recording is uploaded, you will receive the video and transcript via email. You can also find them in your Google Drive under the 'Meet Recordings' section.
  • Alternatively, you can simplify the recording process by using the Bluedot Chrome extension. No need to go through all these steps!

3 Steps: Record a Google Meet video call

In order to record a meeting in Google Meet, please ensure that you have a paid Google Workspace account and that the recording permissions are enabled. You can find information about Google Meet recording options in the Google documentation.

Step 1: Open Google Meet and click on more option button (3 dots).

Google Meet "more option" button

Step 2: Click the "Manage recording" button on Google Meet. If you come across the message "Recording unavailable," that means you don't have the right payment plan to access this feature. If you don't see the Record button at all, it means that you're not the host of the meeting.

Google Meet "Manage recording" button

Step 3: Click start recording. That’s all 🎉 your Google Meet meeting is being recorded and transcribed.

Google Meet "Start recording" button

How to stop Google Meet recording?

To end the meeting recording, simply open up the options menu again and click on the stop button. It's important to note that the recording will also automatically stop if you leave the call or when the call ends.

Google Meet "Stop recording" button

Where do google meet recordings go?

Once your recording is uploaded you'll receive it via email so you can access it easily.

Where to find Google Meet recording

If you prefer, you can also find the recorded call in your Google Drive under the "Meet recordings" section. So whether you check your email or prefer to explore your Google Drive, your recording will be right there waiting for you!

Google Meet recoding on Google Drive

Who can record a Google Meet call?

Many people often find themselves in a situation where they can't record a meeting in Google Meet. According to a Google docs, only specific account types can record a Google Meet. For instance, if you have a free Google account or the Business starter plan, you won't be able to record a call on Google Meet. However, you can still transcribe your meetings. Account types that have Business Standard, Business Plus and Enterprise plans can easily record a Google Meet using steps listed above. Before attending an important meeting, ensure that you have conducted a test call. This will allow you to verify whether you can record your meeting and whether the recording option is available to you at all.

How can you verify if you have the necessary permissions to record a Google Meet?

Initiate an instant Google Meet meeting and check whether the recording option is available. In the screenshot below, the user doesn't have a suitable paid account, therefore they can't record their meeting.

Google Meet recoding option

How can you verify if your Google Workspace plan allows you to record a meeting in Google Meet?

If you're an admin, navigate to the Google Workspace admin console and click on 'Manage Subscription'. There, you will see the name of your plan. Sometimes, even if your plan should technically allow you to record a meeting in Google Meet, the recording option may not be visible. To activate it, go to 'Apps' in the Google Admin console. Click on 'Google Workspace' and select 'Google Meet'. Then click on 'Meet Video Settings' and select 'Recording' setting. Ensure that the 'Let People Record Their Meetings' option is activated.

Google Workspace Google Meet settings

How to save a transcription with your Google Meet recording?

Google Meet provides live transcription (closed captions) for all accounts. To activate this feature, open a meeting, find the 'Turn On Captions' button, and click on it. Please note that while your meeting is transcribed, Google Meet does not save this transcription. If your current plan does not include this feature, you can use the Bluedot Chrome extension, which has the capability to save both your meeting recording and transcription.

How to record and transcribe Google Meet without being a meeting host or having a paid account?

With the Bluedot extension, you can record, transcribe, and summarize your meetings with just one click.

Record Google Meet via the Bluedot extension

Here's how it works:

  1. Install the Bluedot extension.
  2. Create a free account.
  3. Open Google Meet and start recording.
  4. End the meeting.
  5. Review the recording, transcript, and automatically generated meeting notes.

How can you locate your Google Meet recording and transcript?

Open the Bluedot app, login to your account and navigate to the home page. All of your recordings, transcripts, and notes are stored in one place, making them easily accessible and shareable. The transcript is divided into sections based on the speaker, which makes it easy to catch up on a call.

Bluedot home page

How can you share your Google Meet recording, transcript, and notes?

Open the video, click the 'Share' button, and select the option that best suits your needs. You can either make the video public and share the link, or you can invite your colleagues by providing their email addresses. If you don't want to share the entire recording, you can download and share the transcript and meeting notes separately.

Share meeting notes on Bluedot

By using Bluedot, you can streamline the process of recording meetings and taking notes, ensuring that nothing gets lost or forgotten.

Frequently asked questions

Why can't I record Google Meet?

There are two main reasons why you can't record Google Meet: either you don't have the right payment plan, or you are not the host of the meeting. However, you can use Bluedot's Google Meet recording extension to record meetings on Google Meet.

Why can't I find the recording button on Google meet?

To find the recording button, go to the 'More Options' menu, which you can access at the bottom of the screen by clicking the three dots. The recording button will be at the top of this menu. However, it may be disabled if you don't have the appropriate payment plan.

Why has Google Meet recording disappeared?

If your Google Meet meeting was recorded, you can find the recording either in your Google Drive, under the 'Meeting Recordings' folder, or in the event calendar. If you want to centralize all your recordings and transcriptions in one place, you can use Bluedot's Google Meet recording extension.

Can I record a Google Meet as a guest?

Unfortunately, you cannot record a Google Meet meeting as a guest. However, you can try using a recording extension for this purpose. With Bluedot's Google Meet recording extension, you can record meetings on Google Meet both as a guest and with a free plan.

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