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How to Record and Share Your Meeting on Zoom vs Google Meet

Zoom and Google Meet have emerged as the video conferencing platforms of choice for holding business meetings. But did you know that you can record, store, and share your meetings on Google Meet and Zoom? Read on to learn how to record Google Meet and Zoom and how to share your recordings. At the end of the article, we will compare the two platforms to determine which is better for recording meetings and storing and sharing them.

How to Record on Zoom

How does Zoom work to record meetings? It’s simple: there is a local Zoom recorder for all desktop users. To record a Zoom meeting, hosts must first enable local recording in their Account Settings tab. Then, during the meeting, the host can either start the recording by clicking on the record button or grant permission to another participant to record. The person who started the recording can pause or stop it at any time. Once completed, local recordings are stored in your computer’s Zoom file as an MP4 file. You can also record audio only, which will instead produce an M4A file.

There is also Zoom cloud recording for all paid subscribers on both desktop and mobile. Setting up a cloud recording follows the same directions as a local recording, as shown above. Zoom cloud recording includes advanced settings. You can choose to record the active speaker or gallery view, or separately as different videos. You can also add a timestamp to your recording, display participants’ names, record thumbnails, add panelist chat to the recording, or generate an audio transcript. Once the recording is saved to the cloud, you can trim recordings, change privacy settings to public, internal, or private, or set them to auto-delete after a certain number of days.

You can share your cloud recordings via a generated short link, unique for each video. Copy and paste this link into any messaging app to share your video with others. If you want to further protect your recordings, you can protect them with a password. You can also share your recordings directly in various work apps that Zoom integrates with, such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Hubspot. 


1 GB of cloud storage is available in the Pro plan, which costs $14.99/mo for each host. You can purchase extra storage starting at $40/mo for 100GB. Recording transcripts are available in the Business plan, which costs $19.99/mo per host with a minimum of 10 hosts. If you need unlimited cloud storage, you will need to get the Enterprise plan, which also costs $19.99/mo per host but with a minimum of 100 hosts. 

How to Record Google Meet

You can record a Google Meet meeting if you are a G Suite Enterprise customer using desktop. Meetings can be recorded by a G Suite administrator or by anyone they approve. Only the active speaker and anything they screen share is recorded. The meeting’s text chat is also recorded and saved to a separate file. Starting a Google Meet recording is as easy as clicking “record meeting”. To stop your Google Meet recording, simply click “stop recording”. 

All Google Meet recordings are automatically saved in the host’s Google Drive under the “Meet Recordings” folder. A link to the meeting’s file will also appear on the Google Calendar event for the meeting. An email with the Google recorder link is also sent to both the meeting organizer and the person who started the recording. To share a Google Meet recording, either copy and paste the file’s link or click the “share” button to share it directly with an email address. 


Contact G Suite sales for a custom quote on Enterprise pricing. Enterprise comes with unlimited cloud storage on Google Drive for 5 users of more, or 1TB per user if under 5 users.

Record Meetings on Google Meet vs Zoom

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In most cases, Google Meet is the better choice to record meetings and share them. Google Meet provides much more file storage (through Google Drive) than Zoom for a cheaper cost. For example, unlimited cloud storage on Zoom with the Enterprise plan costs at least $1,999 each month, but on Google Meet, you only need 5 members on the Enterprise plan to get unlimited file storage.

The only reason to choose Zoom over Google Meet is if you only want local recordings or need Zoom’s special features. Free meeting recording is only available on Zoom, not Google Meet, though they can only be saved locally. If you’re okay with recordings taking up space on your desktop, then Zoom is the better choice. Additionally, Zoom’s various unique features such as timestamps, gallery view, and audio-only transcripts may be useful for some businesses. 

In summary, if you want inexpensive access to cloud storage and cloud sharing, use Google Meet. If you just want locally-saved files, then Zoom’s free plan works best.  

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