How to Record Google Meet Calls (for Free)?

How to Record Google Meet Calls (for Free)?

Last updated: 

October 23, 2023

Rasheed Ahamed

Rasheed Ahamed

As someone who’s working remotely, you know that every important discussion today happens on Google Meet.

This means, more often than not, you’d want to either catch up with discussions you couldn’t attend, revisit conversations with your customers, or share insights from your meetings with others. That's where recording your Google Meet calls comes in handy! 

Whether you're an SDR wanting to revisit sales calls, a customer success manager hoping to share a product insight from your QBRs, or a product manager looking to capture feedback from user interviews, recording a Google Meet call can be an incredibly useful tool for keeping track of important information. 

Now the question is, what’s the best way to automatically record your Google Meet calls? Well, we’re going to answer the question and more in this piece. Let’s dive in!

How to Record Your Google Meet Calls 

Depending on your use case, you can record your Google Meet calls using the built-in recorder, or opt-in for a specialized tool like Grain. 

Google Meet is ideal for one-off use while Grain is your best bet if you’d like to regularly record and share key moments or full meeting recordings. Let’s see how to record your Google Meet meetings using both options. 

I. Auto-record Your Google Meet Calls using Grain

For the uninitiated, Grain is an AI-powered meeting recorder designed for all teams. Grain automatically records, transcribes, and summarizes your meetings with AI so that you can focus on the conversation without having to worry about taking notes. 

You can record your Google Meet calls using Grain in three simple steps. 

  • Create a Grain account
  • Set up your recording preferences
  • Record your Google Meet meetings

Step 1: Creating a Grain account

The first step is to sign up for a new account and create your Grain workspace—a place where you and your team can collectively save and organize meetings recorded using Grain. 

Step 2: Setting up recording preferences

The next step is to let Grain know the type of meetings you'd like to record. To get started, head to the 'Today' page and click on Recording Settings in the top-right corner.

If you want to record all of your customer calls, click "Auto-record all meetings with External participants". To record team meetings, enable the "Record all meetings with internal participants" option. If you want to record all scheduled meetings, click "Auto-record all meetings".

If you prefer, you have the option to set your preference on a per-meeting basis right on the "Today" page. Simply toggle the record button to turn it "on" or "off."

Step 3: Recording your Google Meet meetings

As soon as your meeting begins, Grain's recording bot will automatically join the call and start recording and transcribing the conversation in real-time. If you're not the meeting host, you simply need to ensure that the host has allowed your bot to join the meeting.

Once the meeting ends, you can easily access the recording—along with the transcripts, AI-generated summary, key points, and action items by logging into your Grain workspace.

II. Recording Your Calls with Google Meet

As we hinted earlier, you can record Google Meet using its built-in recorder. Once you’re in a meeting, click Activities (at the bottom right) > Recording. All the participants will be notified that the meeting is being recorded.

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If you’d like to stop recording, go back to Activities > Recording > click “Stop recording”. Note that the recording will automatically stop when the meeting ends. 

Best Google Meet Recorder

While we may sound biased, Grain is the best way to record your Google Meet calls. Why prefer Grain over Google Meet’s built-in recorder? 

AI Summary: When you record using Grain, you’ll automatically get an AI-generated summary of your meetings—allowing you to just focus on the call.  

Pricing: Grain is free to get started. You can also invite up to 5 team members and each can record and transcribe up to 20 meetings for free. On the other hand, you need to have paid Google Workspace editions to have access to Google Meet’s built-in recorder.

Shareability: No one wants to listen to an hour-long recording. With Grain, you can convert hour-long recordings into digestible video highlights and share them anywhere you’d like in a click. 

​​"Using Grain for sales calls allows us to share high fidelity product feedback with our engineers and designers in a way that no other tool can match. This makes Grain a key part of how we’re able to execute on one of our highest priorities at Parabol — early and continuous delivery of valuable software." 

- Drew Housman, Sales at Parabol

Accessibility: When you record using Google Meet’s recorder, your recordings are saved in a private Google folder. Grain, on the other hand, saves it in a shared workspace enabling anyone in your team to search and find specific moments using keywords. 

With Grain, you can build a second collective brain for your team that indexes and preserves all of your conversations from Google Meet. Get started for free.

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