People are doing a lot more video conferencing now that they’re stuck at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These sessions can be a great way to stay in touch with friends and family, conduct business with colleagues, and keep up with schoolwork. Sometimes, though, you may want to save a recording of the meeting so you can revisit it later. That could let you listen to a teacher’s lecture again, use the audio for a podcast, or even relive the announcement of a family pregnancy (which is something that actually happened to me on a recent family video call).
Many services offer ways to record video meetings, even on their free versions. We’ve outlined here how to set up recordings for three well-known services: Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype.
Zoom lets you record calls whether you’re a free user or a paid user. However, if you’re a free user, you’ll only be able to save recordings to your computer. If you want to save recordings to the cloud, you’ll need to be on one of the company’s paid offerings. Those plans start at $14.99 per user per month for its Pro plan and $1,800 per year for schools.
Here’s how to record a Zoom meeting:
Zoom’s website has support documents for cloud recordings, local recordings, and recording using Zoom’s iOS and Android apps if you want to learn more. The company also put together a helpful video that demonstrates how to record a call when you’re using a computer.
For a limited time, anybody who is a G Suite customer should be able to record a call via Google Meet. That’s because Google has opened up free access to recording and other advanced Meet features until September 30th. After that date, video recording in Meet will presumably revert to only being available for customers of G Suite Enterprise, which costs $25 per user per month, and G Suite Enterprise for Education, which costs $48 per user per year (though Google is offering lower promotional pricing until July 31st under certain circumstances). If you plan to host video meetings via the free version of Google Meet that’s rolling out over the coming weeks, though, you won’t be able to make recordings, Google tells The Verge.
Here’s how to record a Google Meet call. Note that I was not able to personally test these steps myself; the recording feature wasn’t enabled for the G Suite account I use at work (or for the account of a colleague who has a personal G Suite account). If you don’t see the recording option after following the steps below, it may not have rolled out to your account yet, or your company’s G Suite settings may not let you make recordings.
Here’s how to record a Skype call.
You can also check out Microsoft’s support document about call recording in Skype if you want to learn more.