Step-By-Step: How to Record Google+ Hangouts

You've probably heard of Google+ hangouts.  If not, they allow you to host video conferences with up 9 other people at once.  Hangouts totally take phone conferences to an amazing new, FREE level.

But now, you can host Google+ Hangouts “On-Air” which means that you can broadcast a Google+ Hangout to an unlimited audience. This is not just for the first 9 people, but also for as many people as possible! Until recently, this feature was only available to big businesses and select audiences.

If that isn't good enough, Google+ Hangouts On Air also gives you the capability to record your session to later post and share!

So, how do you REALLY record your Google+ Hangout?

1. Log into Google+, open your homepage and click on “Start a hangout”.

2.  Name Your Hangout and Invite People.

Recording Tip #1: Give your hangout a unique name.  This way other people won't accidentally jump into your hangout because they are trying to start one with the exact same name. 

3. Check the “enable hangouts on air” box to record your hangout!

See the picture above.  There, you will find the box to enable hangouts on air so that you can record it.

NOTE:  This will also cause your hangout to be aired LIVE on your YouTube channel and on your Google+ stream.  This is a GREAT automatic feature because any of your followers on YouTube and Google+ will be reminded to join when they see you talking live!

Anyone who joins into your hangout will be notified that the hangout is being streamed live on YouTube. This way, if they wish not to be apart of the hangout they can choose not to enter.

4.  Agree to Google's Terms of Service

As with any terms of service it will behoove you to READ through them the first time.  This way there are no surprises later.  This is especially important if you are hosting the hangout for another company or your boss.

5. Click Continue to Start Your Google+ Hangout –

When you click continue your Google+ hangout session will start.  You will then have the choice to either wait for others to join you or start broadcasting live without them.

6.  Recording Your Hangout

Once your broadcast starts, you will want to click on the red “start broadcast” button. There will be a 10 second countdown to your live recording. This is your chance to adjust your hair, smile and breath!

7.  AFTER your Hangout –

Your video may take up to an hour to process before appearing on your YouTube channel.

Once it has uploaded to YouTube, you can edit it on your “Video Manager” page.  You can also share the link to the video from your video manager page.

Recording Tip #2:

Unless you've already recorded and uploaded a number of videos to YouTube your account probably has a 15minute video limit.  This means that you will not be able to upload a recorded hangout that is more than 15minutes long.

To get around this restriction, log into YouTube and click on the link below to request more space.  

http://support.google.com/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=71673

If you don't complete this step before you host your Google+ hangout YouTube will automatically cut it off after 15 minutes.

Recording Tip #3:

Before you jump into a presentation you can plan to incorporate a number of great apps to enhance your hangout.  Two great apps include Scoot and Doodle and Cacoo.  Scoot and Doodle is a fun app that allows you to draw on your screen as well as offering many other features! To check it out visit: http://scootdoodle.com/

Cacoo allows you to create diagrams online with real time collaborations. To check it out visit: https://cacoo.com/

So, now that you know how easy it is to record a Google+ Hangout, when are you going to get in there and play?

How will you use this for your business? 

Comment Via Facebook
guest
66 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Jan Maskew
Jan Maskew
9 years ago

I am in the learning stage of everything and then more and more comes out. Just seems to be a never ending learning experience. Thank you for helping 🙂

admin
admin
Reply to  Jan Maskew
9 years ago

This would be a great way to communicate with your staff, Jan!

Christer Edman
Christer Edman
9 years ago

Thanks Kim!
This is so useful and really appreciate it!

admin
admin
Reply to  Christer Edman
9 years ago

Glad it was helpful, Christer!

Sara Nickleberry
Sara Nickleberry
9 years ago

Bookmarked! Another great post to reference. Thank you Kim!

admin
admin
Reply to  Sara Nickleberry
9 years ago

Thanks for stopping by, Sara!

Christiane Marshall
Christiane Marshall
9 years ago

Oh! That is scary! I'd love to see one first. Thanks for the instructions though. I am thinking about it, just thinking right now. It isn't my breath I'm worried about either! Lol! : )

admin
admin
Reply to  Christiane Marshall
9 years ago

They are GREAT Christiane! Great ways to be face to face with peeps.

Traci Woodside
Traci Woodside
9 years ago

Great information, Kim!  Thank you!

admin
admin
Reply to  Traci Woodside
9 years ago

Thanks for stopping in Traci!

Becky Fisher
Becky Fisher
9 years ago

I'm definitely going to have to play around with hangouts .. thanks for all the steps! A 15-minute limit is a GOOD idea for me 🙂  

admin
admin
Reply to  Becky Fisher
9 years ago

Try ’em Becky! They are great ways to connect face to face with people!

Sherie
Sherie
9 years ago

Kim, thanks for the great and detailed information on recording a Google plus Hangout. I am bookmarking this page!

admin
admin
Reply to  Sherie
9 years ago

Glad it was helpful, Sherie!

Susan Preston
Susan Preston
9 years ago

Thanks, Kim for another great post filled with such valuable info. I will be bookmarking this as well 🙂

admin
admin
Reply to  Susan Preston
9 years ago

Great! Glad it was helpful, Susan! Thanks for stopping in.

Carla J Gardiner
Carla J Gardiner
9 years ago

Wow, Kim you bring so much to the table it's hard to digest it all. Google hangouts sounds like a simple, effective way to share my business with many at one time…I'll work on digesting this meal for sure.

admin
admin
Reply to  Carla J Gardiner
9 years ago

They are simple and fun to use, Carla!

Olga Hermans
Olga Hermans
9 years ago

 
This is definitely bookmarked; you keep on stretching us Kim, which is good….without it we wouldn’t grow. I will have to work on this one though! Thanks!

admin
admin
Reply to  Olga Hermans
9 years ago

You will love ’em once you have tried the Hangouts, Olga!

Kerry Postel
Kerry Postel
9 years ago

Great info, I will be to this point one day!

admin
admin
Reply to  Kerry Postel
9 years ago

You can do it, Kerry 😉

Kim Hawkins
Kim Hawkins
9 years ago

I haven't tried this….YET. Don't count me out, just not there yet. 🙂

admin
admin
Reply to  Kim Hawkins
9 years ago

You will LOVE them once you try them the first time 😉

Carol Giambri
Carol Giambri
9 years ago

Another great post Kim.  I have to print it out and digest it more.  Love the graphics and the super tips. 

admin
admin
Reply to  Carol Giambri
9 years ago

Carol, glad you found it helpful 😉

Edmund Lee
Edmund Lee
9 years ago

Very very cool feature within Google + Hangouts!   Thanks Kim for another awesome post!

admin
admin
Reply to  Edmund Lee
9 years ago

Thanks Edmund!

admin
admin
9 years ago

You will love ’em, Lorii!

admin
admin
9 years ago

You can do it, Liz ;-)!!

Dr. Sarah David
Dr. Sarah David
9 years ago

Love these instructions Kim on yet another free feature of Google! Thanks so much! Great job!

Vicky Savellis-Grant
Vicky Savellis-Grant
9 years ago

This is wonderful… love the features.   Thanks Kim great post!

Michael McDonald
Michael McDonald
9 years ago

Great features and easy to use instructions on how to record. Now to use Google +

Holly Jean
Holly Jean
9 years ago

As always, Kim, excellent content!

Marcy McKenna
Marcy McKenna
9 years ago

This is so great! Easy to understand since I am a novice at Google+ ! Marcy

admin
admin
Reply to  Marcy McKenna
9 years ago

Hey Marcy! Glad you found this helpful!

Carl Mason-Liebenberg
Carl Mason-Liebenberg
9 years ago

This is something I really should do sometime soon! Thanks Kim for shoiwng me how!

Carl Mason-Liebenberg
Carl Mason-Liebenberg
9 years ago

This something I've not tried yet but must soon! THank you, Kim for showing me how!

admin
admin
Reply to  Carl Mason-Liebenberg
9 years ago

Carl, they are amazing!

Mandy Edwards
Mandy Edwards
9 years ago

I had no idea!  Thanks for sharing this Kim!  I may try this way instead of Skype!

admin
admin
Reply to  Mandy Edwards
9 years ago

You will love ’em Mandy!

admin
admin
9 years ago

Have you tried ’em yet?

Emma Hart
Emma Hart
9 years ago

Thank you for the how to.  Google + hasn't   taken off yet, I hope that hangouts and other 'new' applications which Google + are bringing out later this year will make a shift   a reality and not just a blip in the social media world. 

admin
admin
Reply to  Emma Hart
8 years ago

I think we are going to see a lot of value in Google+ yet.

Jim Zboran
Jim Zboran
9 years ago

Great Step-by-Step, Kim… looks like G+ Hangouts may have some good potential for one-on-one and group coaching calls as well as small mastermind groups.  I'm going to have to experiment some with them!

admin
admin
Reply to  Jim Zboran
8 years ago

They are great for one on one’s and small group coaching sessions!

admin
admin
8 years ago

Yes, there is now; using YouTube.

admin
admin
8 years ago

Do you have a screen recorder like Camtasia? That would be a great way to record if you are not the originator of the Hangout.

admin
admin
8 years ago

You could record the screen with something like Camtasia.

admin
admin
8 years ago

Glad the Google+ hangout info was helpful!

Keeon Taylor
Keeon Taylor
8 years ago

When I reach this step I will definitely implement these action steps.

Kim Garst
Reply to  Keeon Taylor
8 years ago

Thanks for stopping in, Keeon!

Kim Garst
8 years ago

I haven’t tried that but I think it would work!

Kim Garst
8 years ago

Once the video is published to YouTube, you can make it ‘private’.

Susan Bachelder
8 years ago

Great article Kim! I have just started doing Google+ Hangouts on air and am enjoying it. I like it better than recording a self video, so much more fun being able to interact with other people. Yesterday we were not watching the time and 45 minutes had passed by 🙂

Kim Garst
Reply to  Susan Bachelder
8 years ago

Love Google+ Hangouts too! Glad you are enjoying them.

Lisa Magoulas
Lisa Magoulas
8 years ago

Kim, this was awesome, thank you.  I just found out about Google hangouts this week and joined my first one today.  I was going to poke around, to figure it out a bit more.  But now you gave me a bunch of info.  Great post, thanks.

Kim
Kim
8 years ago

Love Google Hangouts!

Kim
Kim
8 years ago

Yes, every hangout is automatically saved to your YouTube account.

Kim
Kim
8 years ago

Thanks for dropping in!

Kim
Kim
8 years ago

Love Google+ Hangouts for interview purposes!

Kim
Kim
8 years ago

No, you cannot record from a mobile device.

Amy Brown
Amy Brown
4 years ago

My Google + home looks nothing like the one you show, so I can’t even find “Start a Hangout”! 🙁

Marina Michaels
Marina Michaels
4 years ago

Thanks for this post! Google Hangouts has changed a lot since this post was made in 2012, and especially this year (2017). It would be great if you would update this post to the latest version.

jaimin Vasoya
jaimin Vasoya
1 year ago

Good Article. thanks for sharing good information.

Corey
Corey
1 year ago

Thanks Kim! This is indeed a great article and I learned about recording Google Hangout calls.

Be notified of my LIVE weekly interviews, strategy and marketing advice to help you grow your business

Join VSL to Profit LIVE
and Create & SELL Anything With a Simple Video!
Get FREE Access to 51 Mini Digital Product Ideas that people will line up to buy!
[if mso]
[if mso]
[if mso]
[if mso]
793 Shares
Share180
Tweet323
Pin192
Reddit
Email