A recent study from the  Global Workplace Analytics shows that the number of people working from home has increased by 140% since 2005. This is due to the improvement of network infrastructure and the rise of video conferencing tools like, Google Hangout, Zoom, Skype or GoToMeeting. In this article, will you learn all the steps to follow in order to convert a Skype meeting recording into text.

What is Skype?

Old Skype's logo (left) and new Skype's logo since 2019 (right)

Skype is one of the most famous telecommunications applications that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, the Xbox One console, and smartwatches via the Internet. Skype also provides instant messaging services. Users may transmit text, video, audio and images. Skype allows video conference calls. Skype also has a

Why do I need to transcribe a Skype recording?

Forget about manual note-taking! Once of the main advantage when you are hosting a video-meeting is that you can simply record the meeting to better keep a archive document of the meeting. That way all decisions and information shared during this meeting will be archive somewhere. But imagine that you need to search for a specific information among hours and hours of meeting recordings, quite a hard task right?
That's why it's important to transcribe all your meeting into text with an Automatic Transcription Software! That way, anybody in your team can easily search your meetings transcript and find the information they need.

To transcribe a Skype meeting call into text you will need:

  • A Skype account
  • The Skype Desktop App (optional)
  • An Happy Scribe account
  • 10 minutes of your time

1. Go to the Skype website

Click on "Login" at the top-right corner of Skype's Homepage and click on "New on Skype? Register". Don't worry, it's free!

2. Download Skype Desktop App or Use Skype online

To use Skype, you can download and install the desktop app for PC or Mac. If you don't want to install any application on your computer, that is also possible: Go on (top-right corner) Skype website, click on Login > "Use Skype online" and log in. That way, you will be able to use Skype without leaving your browser.

3. Create a meeting on Skype

Creating a meeting on Skype

Login and click on the button "Meeting now" on the left of the Skype homepage.

To invite participants to the meeting, copy the sharing link of your Skype meeting and share with your team. Anyone you share that link with will be able to join the meeting.

4. Recording your Skype conference

To transcribe your Skype meeting, you have to record the meeting first. Click on the button "Start recording" at the bottom-left corner of your meeting. A small banner will be displayed to warn each participant that the meeting is recorded.

Record a meeting on Skype

5. End the meeting

Once your meeting is done, your recording will be automatically added to a chat thread with all the participants. The recording will be accessible and downloadable to all the people in the conversation.

Important! The Skype meeting recording will only be available for 30 days following the meeting. After that date, you will not be able to access and download the meeting's recording.

Access your meeting's recording on Skype

6. Download your Skype's recording

To download your Skype meeting recording, click on three dots at the top-right corner of your recording and click on "Save as...". A pop-up will appear on your computer and you will be able to download an .mp4 file of your meeting recording.

Download your meeting's recording

7. Sign up to Happy Scribe

(if you already have an Happy Scribe account, go to step 8)

To use Happy Scribe's Automatic Transcription Software, go to our signup page and submit your information.
Once you sign up successfully, you can upload your meeting recording on Happy Scribe. Happy Scribe accepts a lot of We offers 30 free minutes of transcription to all our new users. If you have a file longer than 30 minutes then you will need to buy credits from your account.

8. Upload your recorded meeting

Click "Upload" to open a pop-up and Browser .mp4 Skype meeting's recording converts it into text. It usually takes half of the file length to transcribe a file completely.

9. Proofread and correct your meeting's transcript

Once your meeting's recording is successfully transcribed, open your meeting's transcript to proofread and review your text. Potential errors will be highlighted in red to help you proofread your transcript.

10. Share it with your team!

Your transcript is done! It's time to share it with your team! Click on "Share" and copy your sharing link.

11. You're all set!

You're all set! Repeat those steps as much as you need!

What can you do with a Skype meeting transcript?

The amount of information and decisions that we make during even the tiniest meeting is tremendous! It's naturally pretty hard to follow up or even have a written document of that information when you have a team of remote workers. That is why transcribing every meeting into text is very important! That way you can better archive every meeting and send the transcript document to all the participants or even all co-workers. Transcribing each meeting into text will improve your team transparency despite if your teammates are not in the same meeting room.