This guide has three objectives:
1. To show you how to record video calls on Zoom, Skype, and Google Meet.
2. Give you tips to improve your video call recording results.
3. Share some techniques behind the scenes on how to record Google meet calls.
How to record a Zoom call
Here’s how to record video calls on Zoom:
- Open Zoom and sign in.
- Click the gear icon at the top right, then head to Recording > Local Recording and enable it if it isn’t already. You should then see a Record button appear on your meeting controls (the toolbar at the bottom of the screen.)
- When you’re ready, click Record (just make sure to tell everyone in your meeting that you’ll be recording so nothing gets left out.)
- Once you’re done, open Zoom’s main menu again and click My Recordings to see all recorded content from any meetings you’ve ever been a part of or hosted yourself. Double-click a file to play it back immediately in the default media player for whatever type of file it is—Zoom records call by default as MP4s but some other formats are available too (MPG, AVI, WMV, and more) just not in free accounts—or right-click an entry and select Save As… if you’d rather move the file manually first before doing anything with it.
- You can also change various recording settings via Local Recording options under Zoom’s main menu by checking off boxes like “Automatically record meetings” if applicable or choosing which audio sources will be captured while recording (system sound versus microphone input, both system sound plus microphone input and so on).
How to record a Skype call
While you can record video calls made through Zoom, it doesn’t look like there is a built-in way to record Skype calls. However, you can use a third-party app to record your Skype calls. One such app is Pamela for Skype, which allows you not only to record your video and audio calls but also to play them back.
How to record a Google Meet call
You’ll need to use the Google Chrome browser on your computer, and you’ll also need to install the Google Meet Grid View extension. Once you have both of these things, you can record your screen straight from Google Meet.
When you’re in a meeting and want to record it, just click on the “present now” button at the bottom of your screen. This will let you select what screen content you want to share with others—and since recording your screen is an option, it’s how we’ll access that capability. You’ll then get a pop-up that asks if it’s OK for Google Meet Grid View to access the information displayed on your screen; choose to allow it so it can do its thing.
With that done, click on “start recording.” This should automatically start capturing both audio and video for all participants in your meeting. When you’re finished with whatever conversation or presentation warranted being recorded, simply click “stop sharing” at the bottom of your meeting window or hit escape; this will end your recording session as well as stop sharing anything else from that window. You can then find a file in `your user folder/videos` labeled with today’s date and time—the exact filename will depend on when exactly during the day you did this but something like `capture 2020-04-09 15-02-58` is what I saw after I tried this method out myself.
No built-in recording? Here are some alternatives
If you don’t use a video chat app with a built-in recording feature, or if you’re on a mobile device, you can use your device’s screen recorder. On Android, the screen recorder is built into the operating system and can be accessed by swiping down from the top of the screen to open the notification panel. There will be an option for a “screen recorder” there. On iOS 14 and later versions, Apple added a native screen recording tool that can be accessed in Control Center (swipe down from the upper right for iPhone X and later models; swipe up from the bottom of the display for older iPhones).
You can record video calls on Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype.
If you need to record a Zoom, Google Meet, or Skype call for whatever reason, you’re in luck — all three platforms now offer built-in recording features on both free and paid accounts. It’s worth noting that not all video conferencing software has this feature (and those that do may limit it to paid accounts), so if the platform you use doesn’t have an in-app option, see our list of other ways to record video calls.
Overall, it’s great to have the option of recording video calls now and then. The number of options available is growing each year, for both personal and business users alike. But if you don’t need the functionality or if your company doesn’t pay for premium services, it’s also nice to know that even free video call services like Google Meet can offer these features, as long as you take a few extra steps.
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