How to record Zoom Meetings

Zoom has undoubtedly hiked its popularity as the most used video conferencing platform over the days. Be it for online school classes or professional meetings, Zoom is used everywhere.

As a user, one may sometimes wish to record a Zoom meeting to watch it later. People want a Zoom screen recorder to help them record their Zoom meetings. It is also very useful when some people could not attend the meeting and you wish to share a recording of the meeting with them. Here, we will look at the various ways in which you can record a Zoom meeting on desktops and mobiles using Zoom screen recorder software. So let’s get started without further ado.

Recording a Zoom meeting on desktop

Let’s first have a look at how to record Zoom meetings on a desktop. The steps would be the same no matter if you are using Windows, Mac, or Linux. Following are the steps to use a Zoom screen recorder on a desktop.

How to:

  • If not already downloaded, download the Zoom software from here.
  • Click on Sign In and sign in to your Zoom account.

    Zoom Log in screen

  • You should see a window resembling this after a successful sign in:

    Zoom Home screen

  • Click on the Settings icon present in the upper-right corner.
  • Click on the Recording tab from the left panel and change the recording settings according to your needs.

    Recording Settings in Zoom

  • Make sure that the location where your recordings will be saved is proper and is known to you.
  • Click on New Meeting to start a new meeting as a host or click on Join to join an existing meeting.
  • You can easily record your meetings if you are an organizer of the meeting. Click on Record to start the recording.

    Zoom meeting

  • You can alternatively hit Alt+R together to start the recording.
  • Note: If you are not an organizer, you won’t see the Record button on your screen. We will discuss the solution for the same later in the article.
  • To stop the recording, hit Alt+R again.
  • Your recording will be converted to mp4 when you end the meeting. It will be saved to the location that you saved in the recording settings earlier.
  • You can also view your recordings by clicking on the Meetings tab and selecting the Recorded button from the left panel.

    Zoom Home Screen

  • You can see your recorded Zoom meetings there. Click on the Play button to play your recording.

    Details of recorded Zoom meeting

How to record a Zoom meeting if you are not an organizer

If you are not an organizer, the organizer needs to explicitly permit you to record the Zoom meeting. As an attendee, you need to ask for this permission beforehand.

The organizer can either change his/her settings such that every attendee can record the meeting and then, he/she can explicitly give permission to record the call to the attendee of their choice. This is how the Zoom screen recorder can be used by the meeting attendees.

Permitting to record to attendees

  • Click on Zoom: Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen Sharing and login to your account.
  • Click on My Account or your profile picture on the upper-right corner of the screen.
  • Select Recordings from the left panel.

    Zoom profile settings

  • Click on Local Recordings and hit Settings.

    Zoom local recordings

  • Toggle on Local Recording and check the box that says “Hosts can give meeting participants permission to record locally”.

    Recording settings in Zoom

  • You can toggle on other settings to such as:
    • Automatic Recording: Record every meeting as soon as it starts provided that you are the organizer of that meeting.
    • Recording Disclaimer: Alert or show a custom disclaimer to all the attendees once you begin the recording. This is recommended to avoid privacy allegations.
    • Multiple audio notifications of recorded meeting: Play an audio notification that can be heard by all the attendees once you start or restart the recording.

Now head on to the meeting, if you want to give someone permission to record:

  • Click on the Manage Participants button present at the bottom of the screen.
  • A list of participants will appear in the right pane. Hover over the name of the participant you want to give recording permissions to, and a More button will appear. Click on the More button.

    Giving a Zoom meeting attendee permission to record

  • Select Allow Record from the drop-down menu that appears.

    Allowing to record

  • The particular attendee will now be able to record the call.
  • Once the attendee has permission to record the call, click on the Record button at the bottom of your screen to start recording.

    Zoom meeting

  • You can alternatively press Alt+R for the same.

Recording a Zoom meeting on mobile

If you wish to record your Zoom meetings on Android or iOS using the built-in Zoom screen recorder, you should have a paid subscription with Zoom - a Pro, Business, or Enterprise account - to be able to record.

Recordings in mobile work differently. Your recordings get saved in the cloud rather than in your local machine. These cloud recordings will get saved to an online folder, i.e. to “the cloud.”

Note: Your cloud storage capacity will run out after a certain amount of recordings. After that, you have to buy more space. Check out Cloud recording – Zoom Help Center for pricing details.

How to:

  • Join an existing meeting or organize a new one using your iPhone or Android.
  • Once the meeting has started, tap on the three dots in the bottom-right corner.

    Tap on More in the Zoom meeting

    Picture Credits: Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider

  • A pop-up menu will appear after tapping on the three dots. Select “Record to the Cloud” (iOS) or “Record” (Android) to start the recording.
  • If the above options aren’t visible to you, it’s because you don’t have a paid Zoom subscription which is required for recording Zoom meetings on mobile.
  • Once the recording starts, a Recording… icon will be available in the top-right corner. Tap on this icon to stop or pause the recording.
  • You can view your saved recordings by visiting the Zoom website and going to the “My Recordings” section.

Record a Zoom meeting using Screen Recording on iOS

It’s quite obvious that not everyone has a paid subscription to the services of Zoom and therefore cannot use the built-in Zoom screen recorder to record their meetings. So if you fall under the same category, don’t worry. We have got you covered. You can easily record a Zoom meeting using the inbuilt screen recorder on iOS.

How to:

  • Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Search for Control Centre in the topmost search box.

    Searching for Control Centre in Settings

  • If not already in “INCLUDED CONTROLS”, tap the green plus icon next to Screen Recording to add it to the Control Centre.

    Adding Screen Recording to the Control Centre

  • Now, head back to your Zoom meeting and pull up the Control Centre from the bottom of the screen.
  • Tap on the Do Not Disturb icon (looks like a half-moon) so that your video recording won’t be interrupted by other notifications or calls.

    Tapping on Do not Disturb

  • Tap and hold on the Screen Recording icon.

    Tapping on the Screen Recording icon

  • Tap on the Microphone icon to toggle on the microphone and then tap on Start Recording.

    Tapping on Start Recording

  • To stop the recording of your Zoom meeting, simply pull up the Control Centre from the bottom of the screen again and tap again on the recording icon which should now be flashing red.
  • Once the recording is stopped, you can find the recording of your Zoom meeting in the Photos app of the iPhone.

Recording using Screen Recorder on Android

If you are using an Android phone running Android 10 or higher, chances are pretty good that you will have an in-built screen recorder.

Screen recording on Android

To access the in-built screen recorder, the general steps are:

  • Pull down the Control Panel from the top of your screen.
  • Search for “Screen recorder” if not already available in the Control Panel.
  • Allow the screen recorder to capture the video.
  • Select “Media sounds and mic” and hit on Start recording.
  • Head over to your Zoom meeting and attend it normally as you would.
  • Once you are done with your video call, pull down the Control Panel again and tap on Stop recording.
  • Note: It’s always a good practice to inform the other attendees before recording them.

However, if you are using earlier versions of Android and don’t find an inbuilt screen recorder then you can simply download one from the plenty of options available in the Google Play Store and easily record your Zoom meeting. Here, we shall be using a simple yet powerful app called “Screen Recorder” as an example.

About: Screen Recorder is an app that helps you easily Record Screen and Take Screenshot anywhere.

How to:

  • Download the Screen Recorder app from Screen Recorder – Apps on Google Play
  • Open the app and allow the permission it asks for.

    Granting the permissions

  • Click on the blue video icon on the bottom right corner of the screen.

    Tapping on the blue video icon

  • It is advised that you switch on the Do Not Disturb on your Android phone to prevent unexpected notifications from blocking the screen while the recording is on. You can generally find the Do Not Disturb button in the Notification Panel of your smartphone.
  • You will see a recording bar appear on your screen, click on the red video icon to start the recording.

    Tapping on the red recording icon

  • The screen recorder will give you a notification that it will record everything on the screen. If you agree to this, tap on Start now to continue.

    Tapping on Start now

  • A three-second timer will appear on your screen after which the recording will start. By this time, head over to your Zoom meeting and attend it normally as you would.
  • To stop the recording, you can either open the app and click on the blue cross.

    Stopping the recording

  • Or you can pull down the notification panel and stop the recording by clicking on the white square.

    Stopping the recording from Notification Panel

  • The recorded video can be found in the app itself from where it can be trimmed or shared.
  • Note: It’s always a good practice to inform the other attendees before recording them.

So these were the five ways in which you can record a Zoom meeting. We hope this article covered all the scenarios that you may encounter and was useful to you. Hope you try them out.