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Where are the Teams Recordings Stored – Detailed Step by Step Guide

Published By Aldrich Calvin
Anuraag Singh
Approved By Anuraag Singh
Published On May 16th, 2024

Microsoft Teams is a very useful tool as it helps users collaborate with each other from any location around the world. Now the question arises that where are the Microsoft Teams recordings stored? These recordings are available in SharePoint or OneDrive which depends on whether they are a channel or non-channel meeting. In this article, we discuss the steps you need to follow to find your recordings.

Microsoft Teams is a very useful tool for teams in various locations to come together and collaborate. This tool is further useful because of its ability to record team meetings so that people can review their meetings at any given time. Originally, Teams meeting recordings were available to Microsoft Stream, but in 2021 the location of all the recordings changed to SharePoint for channel meetings and OneDrive for non-channel meetings. In this article, we discuss where are the team recordings stored.

Many users wonder where these recordings are available and what are how they can access them. How you can access channel and non-channel meetings from SharePoint and OneDrive respectively, and how you can download them

Where are the Microsoft Teams Recordings Stored?

Meetings are stored either in SharePoint or in OneDrive depending on whether it is a channel or a non-channel meeting.

Finding Your Channel Meeting Recordings in Teams

These types of meetings are meetings that happen within a Teams channel and are stored in a recordings folder in the files tab of the channel. All of these files are stored in a SharePoint site that is made for all the channels. Every member of the channel can view or edit recordings of the meetings. 

After a meeting has concluded, these recordings automatically get saved and can be accessed by anyone who is a part of the channel, even the users who were not invited to the meeting. 

Follow these steps to locate your teams recordings in SharePoint: 

Step 1. Go to Microsoft Teams and locate your team’s channel.

Step 2. Open the channel and choose the Files option from the navigation bar.

Step 3. Open the Recordings folder.

Step 4. You can access all your recordings here.

Finding Your Non-Channel Meeting Recordings on OneDrive

All the non-channel recordings are stored in the OneDrive directory of the person who organised the meeting. Only the person who organised the meeting and the person who started the meeting can edit it. All the other meeting participants can view the meeting.

Follow the steps below to locate your teams recordings in OneDrive

  1. Sign in to your OneDrive account.
  2. Locate the recordings folder. You can find all the meeting recordings in this folder.

How Can You Download the Recordings from SharePoint or OneDrive?

You can download the Teams recordings only if you are one of the following:

  1. A meeting organiser
  2. A user who started the recording. 

To download the recordings, you can follow the steps given below:

  1. Select the files that you want to download.
  2. In the top navigation bar, choose the download option.
  3. The download with start immediately.
  4. If the browser gives you a prompt, select the save or save as option and select the location where you want to save the recordings.

How Can You Retrieve an Expired Recording?

Now the question arises that where are the Microsoft Teams recordings stored when they expire? When recordings expire, they move to the recycle bin, so it is not lost. You will receive an email that notifies you that this change is taking place. You have some time before these recordings move out of the recycle bin. 

The administrator sets the amount of time that the recordings can be available for. You can remove or change the expiration date of a particular recording.

It is quite simple to restore a recording. Follow the steps given below to do so: 

  1. Click on the email with the title Your Teams meeting video has expired and is now deleted. Go to the recycle bin.
  2. Select the recording that you want to restore in the recycle bin.
  3. After selecting the file, click on the Restore button that appears.

Can You Search for Microsoft Teams Recordings?

You can search for team recordings on the My Meetings page. Based on the Teams recordings the search results get scopes. You can also sort your recordings by the following: 

  2. Date of publishing.
  3. Privacy Settings.

Important Reminders Regarding Recordings

  • The administrator can place a time limit on the recordings. 
  • Even after the host leaves the meeting, teams keep filming.
  • The recording automatically ends when everyone leaves the meeting.
  • This service cannot record shared notes and whiteboards
  • Prior to beginning the recording of the meeting, teams must obtain consent from each participant.

What should you do if you cannot find your recordings?

If you can’t find your recordings, you should try logging out of your account and then try logging back in and see if they appear now.

If the recordings still do not appear, then try logging back in from a different account. 


  • How much time does it take before recordings become available?

Meeting recordings are available from the time they are conclude to the next three weeks of the meeting. After this duration, you cannot download your recordings.

  • Do Teams recordings automatically save?

Team meeting recordings save automatically to the cloud after a meeting concludes, but they cannot become available on your hard drive unless you download them.

  • Can I record Teams recordings automatically?

While setting up the meeting options, you can toggle the automatic meeting recordings to record all the calls done automatically.