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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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21 Comments on "How to Insert Non-YouTube Videos Into Google Slides"

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Rich
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Rich

I am trying to do this from a Chromebook. Is there a way?

Dylan Press
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Dylan Press

Yes, since both YouTube and Slides are browser based, this should be possible on a ChromeBook.

James
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James

No It’s not I’ve Tried

Bella
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Bella

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.

Sarah
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Sarah

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

Brenden
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Brenden

This is exactly my problem

Bob Dylan
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Bob Dylan

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

Márcio
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Thank you for your help. Your article is great.

Jerry Tims
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Jerry Tims

I finally figured it out and it worked great!

Monique
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Monique

How do you take a screen shot?

AnonymousReader
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AnonymousReader

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

Karen
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Karen

Great Tip! Thanks.

Dolores
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Dolores

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.

Hiyo
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Sos i thought it was on the ipad.

Sue
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Sue

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

Momma helping with School Project
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Momma helping with School Project

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?

Graham Arlidge
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Graham Arlidge

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??!!

Isaac
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Isaac

Is there a way to do this on my phone

Bella
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Bella

Never mind I got it, thank you so much

Momma helping with School Project
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Momma helping with School Project

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

Anonymous
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Anonymous

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

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