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How to record a Zoom meeting

Zoom meetings can be attended by anyone. A user does not necessarily need to have a Zoom account in order to join a meeting but having an account gives a user access to more advanced Zoom features such as scheduling meetings, recording them, and accessing the recorded meeting.

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Record Zoom meeting

Zoom has a native recording feature however, in order to use it, the user looking to record the meeting must have the desktop app installed. The Zoom web app and the Zoom mobile apps cannot record a meeting. Participants that have joined from either the web app or the mobile apps can be recorded.

How to record Zoom meeting

To record a Zoom meeting, follow these steps.

  1. Download and install the Zoom desktop app.
  2. Sign in with your Zoom account.
  3. Start a meeting or join a Zoom meeting.
  4. Once you’re in the meeting, click the Record button on the toolbar at the bottom.
  5. Zoom will begin recording the meeting.
  6. You can pause or stop the recording by clicking the respective buttons in the toolbar at the top.
  7. The recording is saved locally for ‘free’ users.
  8. Paid Zoom users can save and upload the recordings to a cloud platform.

Enable automatic recording

For meetings, you can enable automatic recordings. You can enable them for all meetings or on a per-meeting basis for scheduled meetings.

To enable automatic recording for all meetings that you organize, follow these steps;

  1. Visit Zoom in your browser.
  2. From the column on the left, select Settings.
  3. Go to the Recording tab.
  4. Turn the ‘Automatic recording’ switch on.

To enable recording for a scheduled meeting, follow these steps;

  1. Open Zoom and schedule a meeting.
  2. Expand Advanced options.
  3. Enable the ‘Automatically record meeting’ option.

Disable recording for participants

By default, anyone can record a meeting regardless if they’ve organized the meeting or if they joined/are participating in one. You can restrict this for the meetings that you organize.

  1. Visit Zoom in your browser.
  2. Select Settings from the column on the left.
  3. Go to the Recording tab.
  4. Disable the ‘Hosts can give meeting participants permission to record locally’ option.


The meetings are recorded and saved in MP4 format. The file is converted only after a meeting ends since a user is allowed to stop or pause the recording at any point. If you have a paid Zoom account, you can save the recording to the cloud and share it with other participants. Recordings include audio and any screens that have been shared.

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