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Including videos in your Google Slides presentation can boost your audience’s attention and interest, especially when it provides comedic relief after a few serious slides. It’s a piece of cake to include a YouTube video in your slide, as you’ll see in the above video.

However, if you’re in an organization where YouTube is blocked, as seen in some education and government organizations, adding a video isn’t as simple. Here’s a quick work-around to show you how to include any mp4 file in your Google Slides presentation.

To embed a non-YouTube video:

  • Find the mp4 file you want to include in your slide in your Google Drive.
  • Take a screenshot of the video to serve as a hyperlink placeholder to your mp4 file.
  • Go back to Google Slides, and find the slide you want to add the video link to.
  • Insert the screenshot you just took.
  • Downsize the screenshot as you see fit for your slide.
  • Select the screenshot and insert the hyperlink.
    • You can do this with CTRL + K (on a PC) or Command + K (on a Mac).
  • Paste the shareable link of the mp4 file in Google Drive.
  • Click Apply once you’ve pasted your link.
  • Now, your image is hyperlinked to take the user to the video located in Drive.

Update 2/8/17: No more workarounds needed! Thanks to an update from Google, now you can directly insert and play your Drive videos in Slides. Click here for more information

To embed a YouTube video:

  • Click Insert on the menu bar.
  • Select Video.
  • A window will appear where you can search for a YouTube video, or you can select URL at the top of the window, and paste a URL for a specific YouTube video.
  • Click Select.
  • Your video is now embedded in your slide.

Click here to watch this video on YouTube.


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22 thoughts on “How to Insert Non-YouTube Videos Into Google Slides

  1. Bob Dylan Reply

    Thank you so much. You have no idea how useful this was.

  2. Bella Reply

    This did not really help me. It did not help, because I tried putting the screenshot in the google slide but it isn’t in the images. How do you find your screenshot in the images.

  3. Anonymous Reply

    wtf is a hyperlink and how do you find it through a SCREENSHOT? unhelpful

    • Ishaal Reply

      On a apple device, click the home button and the off button at the same Time, hope it helps.

  4. AnonymousReader Reply

    Is there a way to insert a video straight from your computer?

  5. Sarah Reply

    What about embedding a non Youtube, online video? Like from History.com?

  6. Dolores Reply

    My video files are listed as mpg? Sorry, not tech savy. These instructions don’t seem to work on them. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

  7. Sue Reply

    I have inserted a video to my google drive but it automatically move in to next slide without complete playing. DO you know how manage the time till complete the play

  8. Momma helping with School Project Reply

    what if it’s a personal video from iPhone or mac?

  9. Momma helping with School Project Reply

    What about using a personal video from your iPhone or Mac? It says it’s too large, how can I alter this or work around it?

  10. Graham Arlidge Reply

    Thanks for the detailed description. Using slides offline I wish to play a linked video from Drive. It works well when on line but won’t off line. Is there a way to get the video file on Drive-in to the offline presentation? I assume visuals pasted onto slides will be ok but maybe need to move the video file “closer” to the Slides file??!!

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