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How to add video to Google Slides

Presentations shouldn’t be a wall of text however, they don’t have to be charts, tables and text boxes. If it helps drive home a point, you can include videos in your presentation. 

Videos in Google Slides

Google Slides is Google’s presentation tool. It’s a web-based tool which means you can create your slides and work on them anywhere. Web based tools tend to be lighter side when it comes to features but Google Slides is a fairly decent tool that allows users to upload all sorts of media and use it in a slide show.

Add videos in Google Slides

In order to add a video to Google Slides, you need to first upload it to your Google Drive. Alternatively, if the video you want to show during a presentation is available on YouTube, you can simply add the link to it in Google Slides and skip the Google Drive steps.

  1. Visit Google Drive.
  2. Click the New button and select File Upload from the menu.
  3. Select the video you want to add to the presentation.
  4. Go to Google Slides.
  5. Open the file you want to add the video to.
  6. Go to Insert>Video.

  1. If the video file is available on YouTube video, go to the URL tab and insert the URL. If you want to select the video you added to your Google Drive, go to the Google Drive tab.
  2. Select the video (you can use the search bar to find it).
  3. The video will be added to the presentation.

Video playback controls – Google Slides

When you insert a video in Google Slides, you have the option to;

  • Choose where the video will start to play from
  • Mute the video
  • Resize the video player

The video player you get is similar to the one you see on YouTube. You can control the playback speed when you play the video and you can also use auto-generated subtitles (though they aren’t the most accurate). 


When using videos in a presentation, make sure that they are not copyright protected. Since Google Slides is a web-based tool, the videos that you add are essentially online. To play them during a presentation, you need to be online as well. Google Slides does have an offline ode however, it is always best to use the tool online whenever you can. There is no telling what data/file may or may not have downloaded and you do not want to be caught without a complete presentation while you’re in the middle of it. 

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