How to Record and Save Google Hangouts Video Call Conversations

Key Takeaways

  • Google Hangouts allows you to record video calls for future reference or sharing
  • You can save recorded Hangouts calls locally or to Google Drive
  • Third-party apps provide additional recording options beyond Hangouts’ built-in tool

Google Hangouts is a popular video conferencing tool that allows users to connect with others for virtual meetings, presentations, and more. One useful feature is the ability to record Hangouts video calls for future reference, training purposes, or sharing with those who couldn’t attend live. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to record and save Google Hangouts conversations.

Recording a Hangouts Video Call

To start recording a video call in Hangouts, follow these steps:

  1. Open Hangouts and start or join a video call
  2. Click the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner
  3. Select “Record meeting”
  4. A red recording indicator will appear in the call window

All participants will be notified that the call is being recorded. You can pause or resume the recording at any time during the call using the same three-dot menu.

Saving the Recorded Video

Once the call ends, you’ll have the option to save the recording. Here are the two main options:

Save to Google Drive

  1. After the call, click “Save to Google Drive”
  2. Choose whether to save just the video, or video + text chat log
  3. The recording will process and save to your Google Drive

Saving to Drive allows you to easily share the video file later. The recording will be stored in your Drive’s “Meet Recordings” folder.

Save Locally

  1. After the call, click “Save to Computer”
  2. Choose a save location on your computer
  3. The video will download as a .webm file

Saving locally lets you keep the recording file on your machine for offline access. However, the file may be more difficult to share.

Using Third-Party Recording Tools

While Hangouts has a built-in recording option, some users prefer third-party tools for more robust features and customization. A few popular options:

  • Camtasia: This premium screen recorder captures Hangouts calls in high quality
  • OBS Studio: A free and open-source tool for recording and streaming
  • Screencast-O-Matic: Easy cloud recording with editing tools

Most third-party apps will let you record the Hangouts window, your webcam feed, or both simultaneously. They often include more editing capabilities as well.

Tips for Better Hangouts Recordings

To get the most out of recording Google Hangouts calls:

Following best practices will ensure your Hangouts recordings look and sound professional.

Whether using the built-in Hangouts recorder or a third-party tool, being able to capture and save video calls is an invaluable capability. With the right setup and process, you can easily record Google Hangouts for future reference, training, or sharing purposes.