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How to Record Google Hangouts Video/Audio Calls

By Carrie Murray, Thursday, May 14, 2020

Google is shutting down Hangouts in 2020, which means by that time, we won't be able to make a video/phone call via Gmail, Hangouts the website or the app. But don't worry, Hangouts fans, you can still have a video or audio calls via the new apps: Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat.

When having a video meeting or a one-to-one call, sometimes you may need to record the video or audio calls on Google Hangouts so that you or your colleagues or friends can watch it later.

We have found two easy-to-use methods to record Google Hangouts calls, which can record everything in the calls: the computer screen, your and all anticipants' faces in the webcam, audio, etc. I'll show you how they work.

Record Google Hangouts Video/Audio Calls

The first method is using a video call recorder - FonePaw Screen Recorder. The recorder can be applied to recording both video and audio calls on Google Hangouts (the web version), Hangouts Meet and other Hangouts services. It can clearly record everything on your computer screen during the calls and both your voice and voices of other anticipants, then save the recording to MP4, MP3, MOV, AAC, etc. files. Here is how to get the recorder working.

Tip: You can use FonePaw Screen Recorder to record Skype calls, Facebook video calls as well.

Record Google Hangouts Video

Step 1 Install the FonePaw call recorder on a Windows or Mac computer.


Step 2 Start the recorder and click Video Recorder.

FonePaw Screen Recorder

Step 3 Select a recording region, which should be the Hangouts window. You can click Advanced Recorder > Lock and Record Window and select the Hangouts window. In this way, during the call, your actions on other applications, such as opening a document, checking emails won't be recorded.

Lock Google Hangouts Window


  • In case that you may adjust the Hangouts window during the call, click Settings > Recordings and tick Allow to move the recording region when recording.

  • You can also select the Hide float bar when recording if you don't want to have the recorder recorded in your video.

Step 4 Turn on the buttons for System Sound and Microphone to record your voice and voices from others in the call.

Video Recorder

Step 5 Click Rec when the Hangouts call gets started. And the recorder will record everything in the call. Also, you can use its Task Schedule feature to start or stop recording Hangouts automatically.

Record Google Hangouts

After the Hangouts call is over, you can review the recorded video and save it in formats like MP4, MOV, WMA.

Record Google Hangouts Audio Call

If you would like to record a Hangouts call in an audio file, FonePaw Screen Recorder can also help you with that.

Step 1 Open the recorder.

Step 2 Click Audio Recorder. Turn on System Sound and Microphone and adjust the volumes to your needs.

Step 3 Click Rec when you start to make a call on Google Hangouts.

Audio Call Recorder

Tips on Recording Google Hangouts in High Quality

Sometimes, you may get interrupted during your call. To record a high-quality video, you should check the following things.

  • Have your external or built-in camera, microphone tested before the call.

  • Start your Hangouts call in a quiet environment so that external noise won't be recorded.

  • Turn off unneeded applications on your computer so that the call will go on more smoothly.

  • Have a test recording with the FonePaw recorder before your actual call to make sure you are familiar with the operation of the recorder.

Record Meetings on Hangouts Meet

If you are using Hangouts Meet to start a video call and you are the organizer, you have access to Hangouts' built-in video recording feature, which can record the speakers and presented documents, excluding other applications and windows on your computer.

Tip: If you are not an organizer and want to record Hangouts call, use a video call recorder.

To record video meetings on Hangouts Meet, follow the steps below.

Step 1 During a video meeting, click More > Record meeting.

Step 2 The recording will start and other participants will get the notification that the meeting is being recorded.

Step 3 To end the recording, click More > Stop recording. The recording file will be saved to your Google Drive account. Access it via My Drive > Meet Recordings folder.

Record Video Meeting

Can You Record A Google Hangouts?

Yes, with a call recorder like FonePaw Screen Recorder, you can record a Google hangouts meeting without a problem. However, a hangout call shouldn't be recorded without the permission of all anticipants. Therefore, before recording a call or meeting, anticipants need to be notified that the conversation will be recorded and for what purpose.

If you have found the methods in the article are helpful for recording Hangouts, share them with your friends.

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