Recording Unavailable Google Meet: How to Fix?

If the recording feature is unavailable in Google Meet, what should you do? This tutorial gives you some tested fixes to record Google Meet sessions successfully.

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Melissa Lee

Updated on Jan 25, 2024

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Key Takeaways

🟣The recording feature in Google Meet may not be available because you don't have screen-record permission or use a Google Meet that doesn't offer a recording feature.

🟣To fix the Google Meet recording not working issue, you need to enable recording in Google Meet, use Google Meet on a computer, create the meeting as a person, delete a recurring meeting, and add a new one. Also, don't join a meeting only to present.

🟣In case the same error occurs again, you may record a Google Meet session with a third-party screen recorder called EaseUS RecExperts.

I have successfully recorded meets before, but the "record" button option isn't always available. Sometime later,  with exactly the same meeting code and (single person) join sequence, the "record" button becomes available. The behavior almost seems to be that 24 hours elapsed time is needed in between recordings. Is there such a limit?

___Wei-Ling Chu from Google Help

If the recording option is not available in Google Meet, you can follow the methods in this tutorial to fix it. However, as the situation varies based on different devices and settings, the fixes may not work for everyone. If the solutions listed can't solve your problem, try to use another Google Meet screen recorder.

How to Fix Recording Unavailable Google Meet

Here are some common methods you can try to fix the recording unavailable issue on Google Meet:

Fix 1. Enable Recording in Google Meet

Before recording, turn on the recording feature for Google Meet by:

Step 1. Sign in to your Google Admin console using an administrator account.

Step 2. Make sure you have a Google Workspace edition that supports recording. Also, make sure the users who want to take a recording have Drive turned on and have permission to create new files in Drive.

Step 3. Go to MenuAppsGoogle WorkspaceGoogle Meet.

Step 4. Click Meet video settings Recording and check the Let people record their meetings box. Then, click Save.

Enable Recording in Google Meet

Fix 2. Use Google Meet on A Computer

The recording feature is only available for the computer version. Therefore, you need to use Google Meet and record a meeting on a computer.

Fix 3. Don't Join Only to Present

You can't record if you join only to present. In this case, you need to join the video meeting first before starting to present. Then, you can record the session when you need to.

Fix 4. Create the Meeting as A Person

You can't record the session if the meeting was created on a conference room device, such as Meet hardware or a Chrome plug-in. Schedule the meeting you want to record in Calendar or create it by a person.

Schedule a Google Meet in Calendar by:

Step 1. Open your Gmail and click on Google Apps.

Step 2. Click on Google Calendar. When the Google Calendar appears, click on Create.

Step 3. Click on Event > Add in the dropdown window.

Step 4. Choose Add Google Meet video conferencing and click Save.

Step 5. When the session is scheduled, type guests' email addresses into the Add Guests field.

Schedule a Google Meet in Calendar

Fix 5. Delete A Recurring Meeting and Add A New One

If a meeting organizer's account disabled recordings for the meetings they organized, you can't record a recurring meeting organized by them. To fix this, you must delete the recurring meeting from the Calendar event, save it, and add a new meeting code to recreate it as the new owner.

Delete A Recurring Meeting

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How to Record Google Meet Without Record Button

EaseUS RecExperts is your best option to record Google Meet without using the record button on Google Meet. This screen recorder can record all meetings on your screen without requiring any permission. Not just Google Meet, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting, Slack, etc., can all be recorded. Download it to start now!

This screen recorder records the Google Meet screen with audio in easy steps. No matter what your account is, the host, the co-host, or an attendee, it captures your meeting screen easily. It can also schedule a recording to record the session automatically.

Besides, it offers virtual backgrounds like classroom, studio, or scenery. You can also blur the surroundings if you want. After recording, extract a script of the meeting with the AI Assistant.

Check how to record Google Meet meetings without a record button below:

Step 1. Go to the meetings that you want to record. Then, launch EaseUS RecExperts on your devices. Choose the "Full Screen"  recording mode or select the recording area in the "Region" mode.

Choose a Recording Mode

Step 2. Choose to record the webcam, system sound, microphone sound or none by clicking on the according buttons.

Record Webcam System Microphone

Step 3. It offers an AI background changer and green screen feature to users. You can change the video conference background as you like. When all is done, click on the red "REC" button to begin and click "F10" and "F9" to pause or stop recording.

Pause or Stop Recording

Step 4. After recording, you can view the meeting videos in the pop-up recording list. You can even click "Edit" > "AI Assistant" > "Start" to get a text file of what has been said.  

AI Assitant in EaseUS RecExperts

Why Recording is Not Working in Google Meet

The most common situation is that you don't have screen-record permission or use a Google Meet that doesn't offer a recording feature. Check the two situations below:

1. You are not using a Google Workspace edition that offers a recording function:

  • Business Plus/Standard
  • Essentials
  • Education Plus with a "Staff" or "Student" license
  • Enterprise Essentials/Plus/Standard/Starter
  • Google One subscribers with 2 TB or more storage space
  • Teaching and Learning Upgrade with a "Teaching and Learning Upgrade" license.
  • Workspace Individual Subscriber

2. You are not one of the people below who have recording permission:

  • The meeting host
  • People from outside the host's organization were promoted to co-hosts
  • People from the host's organization and Host Management are off
  • A teacher or co-teacher for Google Classroom meetings


We hope the methods in this article fix your problem. If you tried all the fixes but the problem still exist, try EaseUS RecExperts. This Windows and Mac screen recorder captures the meeting screen with audio and webcam in a few clicks. Download it now!

EaseUS RecExperts

One-click to capture anything on screen!

No Time Limit, No watermark

Start Recording

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