Many of us are attending more meetings and video conferences than ever before, and thanks to services like Google Meet and Zoom, connecting with others is as simple as pressing a button. While creating and joining meetings is rather simple, you may want to save a recording of the meeting you’re in to examine the issues addressed, revisit your teacher or trainer’s lectures, or simply preserve them in your mind.
So, how would you record a Google Meet session? Is it possible to record calls using only audio, video, or both? This is what we’ll talk about in this article.
Does Google Meet have a record option?
Yes, but not without a cost. While Google Meet allows users to record a call, it is presently only available to G Suite Business Standard and Plus, Enterprise, Education Fundamentals (but only until the end of 2021), Education Standard, Education Teaching and Learning Upgrade, and Education Plus clients. This essentially means that you’ll have to pay at least $12 per user per month to be able to record your Google Meet video chats.
Even if the feature was available through your G Suite account, using the Record option within Google Meet had certain drawbacks. To begin, you must submit requests to all participants in a meeting requesting their permission to record the call’s activities. While this may be beneficial in terms of privacy, waiting for everyone to accept the consent before beginning a meeting recording can be inefficient.
Another thing to keep in mind is that if someone refuses to agree, your recording may be incomplete, resulting in the loss of essential dialogues.
Aside from that, if your organization hasn’t enabled the recording capability for your account, you may or may not see it on your Meet screen.
If you don’t want to be plagued by these issues, keep reading to learn how you might still be able to record audio or video from your Google Meet calls without having to pay for a G Suite membership.
Recording Google Meet meeting without permission
Yes, that is conceivable. Use the methods listed below to record a meeting on Google Meet without giving your regular Gmail account authorization. It isn’t simple and involves some setup, leave alone trusting a Google Web Store extension, but if you need it urgently, it’s probably worth it. Let’s have a look at how to record audio-only and video+audio meetings.
Record Google Meet Calls (Audio Only)
If all you want to do during a Google Meet is capture the audio, the Fireflies Chrome Extension is an excellent method to accomplish it. This extension is free on Google Chrome, and you may be able to use it on other Chromium-based browsers as well. This method works on both Windows and Mac to record audio in Google Meet.
Install Fireflies Chrome Extension
To get started, install the Fireflies Chrome Extension from the Chrome extension store. Inside this extensions page, click on the ‘Add to Chrome’ button from the top right corner.
If you’re prompted to confirm the installation, click the “Add extension” option.
After installing the extension, go to Google Chrome’s Navbar and click the Extension icon, then select the Pin icon next to the “Fireflies” extension.
This will make sure the Fireflies extension is easily accessible during Google Meet calls.
Set up your free Fireflies account
After you’ve enabled the Fireflies extension in Chrome, you can use your Google account to set it up. Fireflies need you to grant it access to your Google account in order for it to record your meetings and provide a dashboard for you.
To do so, go to the Extensions toolbar in the upper right corner of Google Chrome and select the Fireflies symbol.
Select the option to “Continue with Google” from the selection that appears.
You will now need to choose the Google account you use for your Google Meet calls.
The next screen will inform you that Fireflies requires your permission to access your Google account’s calendar in order to function effectively. To continue, click the ‘Allow’ option.
That is all there is to it. Google has now set up your Fireflies account. You are free to begin recording your current session now.
Record audio from Google Meet
When you’ve set up Fireflies and linked it with your Google account, you can start recording at any time. For this, go to meet.google.com and join/start a video call with your desired participants. When you’re in the Google Meet meeting, click the Fireflies symbol in the extensions bar, and then select the ‘Start Recording’ button from the overflow menu that displays.
The audio from your meeting will now be recorded, and a Fireflies widget will appear on the left-hand side of the meeting screen as the recording starts. Look for a green icon at the bottom of this widget to see if the recording is active.
By clicking the Pause icon on the Fireflies widget, you can pause a recording at any moment.
Click the Trash icon at the bottom of the widget if you don’t want to save your recording.
Click the Stop symbol inside the Fireflies widget to stop and save your recording.
When you click the Stop symbol, your recording will end, and you’ll be given the choice to name it and add the email addresses of users you want to share it with. You can share the recording with people from your domain, all meeting attendees, or just yourself using Fireflies.
Click ‘Finish’ once you’ve entered the email addresses of the individuals you wish to share with.
It will take a few minutes for your recording to appear in the Fireflies library.
Access your recordings on Fireflies
You can get access to all of your recordings at any time within your Fireflies Notebook page.
You may also go to this page by using Google Chrome’s Fireflies extension icon.
In the Fireflies extension box, click the cogwheel icon in the top right corner.
Inside the popup, click on the ‘Notebook’ option.
This will take you to the Notebook page, where you can find a list of all of the audio recordings from your Google Meet meeting. Select a recording from the Notebook to hear it or view its details.
On the following page, you should be able to examine your recording and all of its details. You can play/pause the recording, download it, pin it, alter the playback speed, edit the clip to save the segment you want, or remove it from this page. You can also use the page’s ‘Copy link’ button to share the audio clip with others..
How many recordings can you make on Fireflies?
Basic Fireflies capabilities, such as the ability to record audio for up to 3,000 minutes for free, moments, shareable links, playback speed control, time-stamped notes, and more, are all available for free. The service’s subscription plans – Pro, Business, and Enterprise – offer more storage capacity, with the cheapest starting at $18 per month per user.
Record Google Meet Calls (Audio & Video)
If simply recording the audio of a Google Meet call isn’t enough, you can use Vmaker on your desktop to record both the audio and video of a conference. When using Vmaker, you can only record video and audio simultaneously, not simply audio.
While there are other tools for recording Google Meet calls, we chose Vmaker since it is free, has no limits on the amount of sessions you can record and keep, and allows you to record both your screen and the feed from your webcam.
The service is only accessible as a desktop software on macOS at the time of writing, while users on Windows will have to make do with a Chrome extension. Soon, a Windows, Android, and iOS app will be available.
On Windows and Mac (Using Chrome extension)
Since Vmaker currently doesn’t have an app on Windows, we’re going to use the Vmaker extension from the Chrome Web Store. If you want Vmaker to be an extension rather than an app, you can use this way on macOS. Now, click the ‘Add to Chrome’ button to install the Vmaker extension.
You’ll be asked to confirm the installation by clicking the “Add extension” button.
After installing the extension, go to Google Chrome’s Navbar and choose the Extension icon, then the Pin icon next to the “Vmaker” extension.
During Google Meet calls, the Vmaker extension will be easily accessible as a result of this.
Once Vmaker is installed in Google Chrome, you must join up for the service in order to use it. To do so, go to the Extensions bar and click the Vmaker extension icon, then wait for the Vmaker popup to appear.
On the next screen, you’ll have the option of signing up with your Google or Facebook account or using another method. Choose your preferred way of registration and complete the relevant authentication steps.
Only after you have signed up on Vmaker, you will be able to see all the features provided by the service. Now, you can start or join a video call on Google Meet to get started.
When the meeting starts, go to the upper right corner and click the Vmaker extension. This will open an overflow menu where you can choose how you want to record the meeting and which device you want to use to record it.
At the top of this Vmaker extension, you can select the type of recording you want – Screen, Webcam, or both.
When you select ‘Screen’ or ‘Screen + Webcam’, you will have the option to choose whether you want the recording to capture a single tab or the whole screen.
You can also change the settings for the input device, which includes your camera and microphone. By choosing the dropdown menu next to the Camera and Microphone symbols, you may select the default input device. You can also tell if the extension has access to these devices because they’ll be highlighted when they’re disabled.
You can also adjust the video quality of your recording by selecting your desired setting from the dropdown next to “Video recording quality.”
When you’ve finished configuring the recorder to your liking, select the ‘Start Recording’ option.
When you do this, the Vmaker widget will appear on the left-hand side of your meeting screen, indicating that your video recording has begun. When you mouse over this widget, it will expand and provide more possibilities. You can pause, delete, and disable the microphone by hovering your mouse above the widget..
When you’re done recording your meeting, click on the Record icon (the one at the top of the widget).
This will immediately stop the recording and open the recording in a new tab in Google Chrome. You may watch it by clicking the play symbol, and you can also zoom in for a better perspective.
You may access more recording choices by scrolling down this tab. You can delete, edit, duplicate, download, and share the recording from this page. Anyone with a link to your recording will be able to watch it if you share it.
Click on the Vmaker extension and then on the 3-dots symbol inside the popup menu to access all of your recordings made with Vmaker..
Next, click on the ‘My videos’ option from the new menu that appears.
Your browser will launch a tab that displays all of the videos you’ve recorded with Vmaker. You may edit, play, duplicate, move, share, delete, or copy a link by simply clicking on a recording you want to play or hovering over the 3-dots indicator on a video..
On Mac only (Using Vmaker app)
If you’re on macOS, you’ll be happy to know that Vmaker is available as a dedicated app for your Mac. You can download the app from Vmaker directly by clicking this link.
The DMG file that was downloaded on your machine can then be used to install the app.
After installing the Vmaker app, open it and set it up for the first time using your Google/Facebook account or an email address in the same way you did with the Vmaker extension.
When you first launch the Vmaker app and set it up, you’ll be prompted to provide it all of the necessary permissions on your Mac, including access to your camera, microphone, accessibility, and screen recording. While the program will take you to the appropriate section of System Preferences, you can also access these options manually by heading to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy and selecting the settings you want Vmaker to have access to. You can activate permissions for Vmaker by clicking the boxes beside to its app name after opening the separate sections for Camera, Microphone, Accessibility, and Screen Recording.
After you’ve given Vmaker all of the necessary permissions, go ahead and click on the Vmaker icon in the top menu bar of your Mac. You are not need to modify the following settings prior to a meeting, but we recommend that you do it in order to record your meeting as soon as possible, as some of you may require more tweaking than others.
Vmaker’s main menu will appear when you click on the icon, letting you to configure your recording parameters. The Vmaker app, like its Chrome extension, gives you the choice to record with your screen, webcam, both, or schedule (the latter isn’t accessible on the extension and is a premium function).
When you select ‘Screen’ or ‘Screen + Webcam’, you will have the option to choose whether you want the recording to capture a single window or the whole screen.
Then there’s the option to set the default input device for recording, which is your camera and microphone. You can also adjust the video quality of your recording by selecting it from the dropdown next to the phrase “Video recording quality.” Paid users can also manually adjust the window size.
After you’ve completed all of the necessary adjustments to Vmaker, you can go ahead and create a Google Meet meeting. Click the Vmaker symbol in the top menu bar to begin recording right now. Click the ‘Start Recording’ button when Vmaker opens.
If you selected the ‘Record a window’ option, you will be asked to choose a window and then click on ‘Start Recording’ again.
This will begin your recording, and the Vmaker widget should be visible outside the left margin of the window being recorded. This widget allows you to pause, erase, stop, or mute the audio in the recording.
In the Menu bar, next to the Vmaker symbol, you’ll see a timer that shows how long your recording is running..
After you’ve finished recording, click the Record icon in the Vmaker widget to end the recording..
Vmaker will automatically load the recorded content into your default web browser when you finish recording. You can play, erase, edit, duplicate, or download the recording from here. You can also share the recording with others by clicking the ‘Share’ button and receiving a link.
The rest of the procedure is the same as with Vmaker’s Chrome extension.
That’s all we know about using Google Meet to record a meeting.
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