How to Embed a Video in Google Slides

Adding videos to your Google slides presentations can make them more engaging and dynamic. Videos allow you to demonstrate concepts visually or provide supplementary information to your slides.

Fortunately, embedding videos into Google slides is easy. In this step-by-step guide, you’ll learn how to:

  • Embed a YouTube video
  • Embed a video file stored on your computer
  • Adjust video playback options
  • Position videos for maximum impact

Follow along to start enhancing your next presentation!

Step 1: Get the Video Link or File

The first step is to get the video source that you want to embed. You have two options:

Option 1: YouTube Video

If your video is hosted on YouTube, you just need the video URL. For example:

To get the URL, navigate to the YouTube video you want, click the “Share” button below the video, and then copy the URL.

Option 2: Video File

If your video is a file stored on your computer, you need to first upload it to Google Drive. Accepted formats include .MP4, .MOV, .WMV, and more.

Step 2: Open Google Slides Presentation

Next, open the Google Slides presentation you want to add the video to.

To start a new presentation, go to Google Slides and click the multicolored “+” icon to create a blank presentation.

Step 3: Insert Video

With your presentation open, select the slide you want the video to appear on.

Click Insert > Video:

Insert video option

Then paste your YouTube URL or select your Google Drive video.

Step 4: Adjust Playback Options

Once inserted, click on the video thumbnail to open the video editor sidebar.

Here you can adjust options like:

  • Autoplay mode – choose between autoplay when slide opens or play only when clicked
  • Looping – decide if the video repeats continuously
  • Controls – show/hide the video timeline scrubber

Step 5: Position and Resize

With the video selected, drag and resize it as needed:

  • Click and drag the edge handles to resize
  • Click and drag the video object to move its position

Ideally, size your video to fit nicely on the slide without covering too much content.

Step 6: Add Captions

Finally, consider adding captions to make your video more accessible:

  1. Open the video editor sidebar
  2. Click the “Captions” tab
  3. Choose “Add captions” and select the language
  4. Revise auto-generated captions if needed

Captions allow viewers to follow along regardless of whether they have audio available.