Microsoft recently implemented a series of changes regarding the location of your Teams meeting recordings. Up until January 2021, Teams automatically saved meeting recordings to Microsoft Stream. But that’s no longer the case.
Where Do Microsoft Teams Store Recordings?
As of Q1 of 2021, all-new Microsoft Teams meeting recordings are saved to OneDrive for Business and SharePoint. Channel recordings are stored in SharePoint, while non-channel meetings are stored in OneDrive.
However, organizations can delay the change until July 2021 by modifying the Meeting policies and setting MS Stream as the default recording location. After July 2021, all Teams users, including Enterprise, Education, and GCC, will automatically have meeting recordings saved to OneDrive for Business and SharePoint. This is an automatic change that will override all Teams’ meeting recording policies previously set to Stream.
How to Find the Meeting Recordings
If you want to find a specific channel meeting recording, go to the Files tab of that channel and open the Recordings folder.
On the other hand, Teams stores the recordings of non-channel meetings in the OneDrive directory of the user who started the recording. Go to the respective OneDrive directory and open the Recordings folder to access the meeting recordings.
It is worth mentioning that only two persons will be able to edit the recordings: the meeting organizer and the user who started the recording. The good news is that all the meeting attendees will be able to view the recording.
- The meeting recording feature doesn’t capture whiteboards and shared notes. That’s why you may not see these items in the recording.
- Teams will continue the recording even after the user who initially launched it has left the meeting. The app automatically stops the recording after everyone has left the meeting.
- Teams won’t start the recording in some organizations until you get everyone’s permission to record the meeting.
As of January 2021, Microsoft Teams automatically stores new meeting recordings to OneDrive for Business and SharePoint instead of Stream. Users can opt to delay the change until July 2021. But after that date, Teams will save all the meeting recordings to OneDrive for Business and SharePoint.
What do you think about this major platform change? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Harley Kingston says
What I can’t work out is where a recorded video call is saved. It lets me record a video call (not a meeting) but does not appear to save the recording anywhere!
Tami Arroyo says
This change is ineffective long term. What if the owner of the OneDrive leaves the company and the OneDrive is no longer accessible. Additionally, what about wanting to share it with others that were not originally included in the meeting, e.g., new hires/team members? At the least it should be downloadable from the meeting event so anyone can download it to a location for others to view or to revisit in one location. Many trainings are recorded in meetings. Most would want to be able to store those recordings in one resource. Having to reach out to the organizer or whoever initiated a recording to mail you the MP4 file is not a good replacement for Stream.
Just found your site! Super helpful, thank you.
I have been having issues hunting down where my recordings are being saved, because they seem to be saving outside of my OneDrive folder occasionally.
So far my best guess is that the recording(s) is/are saving to the OneDrive of whomever logs onto the call first, instead of the organizer.
I have been unsuccessful in finding any info on how to prevent this. Any thoughts? Thanks!
Geoff, you can share your Recordings folder itself with the team. OneDrive for Business is actually the same platform that SharePoint Documents use and you can use the same sharing features.
Eric Schulz says
This change is a nightmare for data security and GDPR compliance: There are employees recorded on those videos and by GDPR rules, when they are leaving, they have the right to be removed from all data not critical to business operations.
Without Stream, how is a Microsoft Teams administrator supposed to know what personal OneDrive folders may hold recordings of a specific employee having just left the company and requesting to be removed from video content?
Does anyone have a workflow, that at least ensures that recordings into OneDrive are automatically moved to a central SharePoint library?
taryn Steenkamp says
I cannot delete recordings at all, does anyone know how to do this?
I dislike this change !
I’m not the meeting organiser but I’m the one who minutes the meetings. I click “start recording” and then it doesn’t save anywhere?! What’s the deal?!
Steve Stevenson says
This is a ridiculous change that removes the ability to use the features of Stream to transcribe meetings and use it to take minutes. Horribly bad scheduling from Microsoft.
geoff stuart says
I am creating some training videos in Teams for my staff. All my Teams recordings are being stored in my personal OneDrive Recordings folder. How do I get these recordings into the SharePoint folder for the team? Do I have to move each one individually? I’d like it to automatically store them there.