Posted by: bluesyemre | October 7, 2021

How to record a Zoom meeting (A step-by-step guide)

Recorded Zoom meetings can be a HUGE help. They’re a handy way to save meeting content to take notes later, rehash project details, and even share them with teammates who couldn’t make it.

Unsure how to record a Zoom meeting? We’ve got your back as we dive into the nuts and bolts of recording, saving, sharing, and accessing Zoom meetings in this post.

We’ll also share an easy shortcut to record all your meetings – not just Zoom meetings – in a simple way. But first, check out this video explaining all the crucial details of the zoom meeting recording process:

Zoom recordings 101

When it comes to recording meetings, things can get tricky as different video conferencing tools require you to take different steps. Different accounts within a software also have varied ground rules. To top that, who has the permission to record adds another layer of confusion.It’s why we recommend you bookmark this page to revisit the steps whenever you need a refresher. Or, save yourself the trouble by using Vimeo’s screen recorder, a recording software to tape all meetings (Zoom, Webex, or any other) with one click from your Chrome browser – for free. Now let’s dig into the details.

First thing first: can you record a Zoom meeting?

Absolutely! Both free (Basic) and paid Zoom users can record their meetings using the video conferencing tool.

However, free users are limited in a few ways. For instance, the recording is stored locally, (taking up precious space) and you can’t record meetings on your phone.

Wondering if there’s an alternative or all hope’s lost? News flash: you can record a Zoom meeting from your phone using a third-party screen recorder such as Vimeo Record.

Can you record a zoom meeting if you are not the host?

Ask the host to give you recording permission. To do so, the host needs to click ‘Manage Participants’ at the bottom of their window, which will show a list of participants. Hover over the participant’s name, tap ‘More’ and select ‘Allow Record’ from the drop-down menu.

What is ‘local recording’?

Local recordings are Zoom recordings saved locally or directly to your device. These are available to both free and paid users. There’s another option as well – the Cloud recording – available to paid Zoom accounts. In that, recordings are saved in the Zoom Cloud where you can view, share, and download recordings. If you want to avail Cloud storage, you’ll either need to upgrade to a paid account or pay an additional sum to get Cloud Storage. The smart, money-savvy way out of this, you ask? Use Vimeo record for free to record unlimited meetings of up to two hours long!

How to record a Zoom meeting on your laptop

Follow these three steps or take the shortcuts we share:

Step 1: Start your Zoom meeting. Or, hit Command +Control + V to launch a new meeting.

Step 2: Tap the ‘Record’ button at the bottom of your window. Alternatively, use Alt + R (Command + Shift + R for Mac users). In turn, you’ll see a small ‘Recording’ mark on the upper-left of your screen to indicate your recording in progress.

If you’re a paid user, you’ll get the option to pick from starting a local or Cloud recording here.

Step 3: Use the ‘Pause’ or ‘Stop’ button at the bottom of your window to pause or stop the recording. In terms of shortcuts, use Alt + P or Command + Shift + P for pausing or resuming recording. And, Alt + R or Command + Shift + R for ending it.

Command + Control + VLaunch New Meeting
Command + Shift + RStart / End Recording
Command + Shift + PPause Recording

How to record a Zoom meeting on your phone

Quick reminder: you can’t record a Zoom meeting from your Android or iOS phone if you’re a free user.

Paid Zoom users can take the following steps after joining a meeting:

Step 1: Click on the three dots on the bottom-right of your screen. Then, choose ‘Record to the Cloud (iOS)’ or ‘Record’ (Android). In response, you’ll see a ‘Recording’ icon at the top-right.

Step 2: To pause or stop the recording, tap the recording icon on your screen.

Phone recordings are typically saved in an online folder. Find them in the ‘Meetings’ tab on the desktop Zoom app or ‘My Recordings’ section on Zoom website.Heads-up: If your recording’s conversion process is interrupted for any reason such as restarting or shutting down your computer, it’ll be lost. On the bright side, if you’re using Vimeo Record and the recording is interrupted, say, due to a faulty internet connection, your recording will still be recoverable.

How to share recorded Zoom meetings

For local recordings, share the files via email or Cloud sharing services such as Dropbox.

If you’re a paid user, Zoom will email you a link of your recording saved in their Cloud once it’s ready. Missed the email? Sign in to Zoom and go to ‘My Recordings.’ Then tap on ‘Share’ under the recording to get a link from the pop up window.

If you’re using Vimeo Record, you don’t have to take multiple routes to record, access, and share your recordings. Simply copy the link – ready as soon as you end the recording – to share it with your team.

Better yet, download recordings if needed, organize them into team folders, or directly publish on social media (say if it’s a webinar clip you want to share with your audience).

And here’s the icing: You can keep tabs on who has viewed your screen recording and responded to it if you’re using Vimeo Record.

Where do recorded Zoom meetings go?

Okay, so how do you find recorded Zoom meetings? Again, this will vary depending on free or paid accounts.

Free users can access the recordings right away as they’re saved directly to their device. Paid Zoom users, on the flip side, get their recordings via an email that contains links to the audio and video versions of the meeting.

Automatically upload your Zoom cloud recordings to Vimeo 

Instead of manually downloading Zoom Cloud recordings to then upload to Vimeo, use the Vimeo integration to automatically upload all recordings to Vimeo. This way, everything is synced — giving you a secure, organized, and easy-to-search folder for all your video content, not just Zoom recordings.

How to record a meeting on Google Meet, Skype, Webex and other platforms

Now that you’ve an answer to how to record a Zoom meeting, let’s also walk you through recording meetings on other video conferencing tools in case you use a mix of these.

Recording your Google Meet meeting

You can only record a meeting on Google meet if you’re a paid G Suite user. Take the following steps:

1. Tap the three vertical dots on the bottom-right

2. Select ‘Record meeting’ from there. You’ll see a ‘Ask for consent’ popup. Accept the request to get the recording rolling.

3. Revisit the three dots and choose ‘Stop recording’ when done.

All recordings are accessible on your Google Drive in the ‘Meet Recordings’ folder.

Recording Skype meetings

You can only record meetings on this tool when you’ve someone on the call with you. Once they join you, take these steps:

  • Spot the ‘Start Recording’ option in the bottom left. Both parties on the call can record the meeting.
  • Once done, go back to the place you started recording and tap the ‘Stop recording’ button.

Get your hands on the Skype meeting recording in the app. Make sure you download it within 30 days because that’s how long Skype saves the recording.

Pro tip: Vimeo Record not only saves your recordings well beyond 30 days, but it also doesn’t limit the number of screen recordings as most screen recorders do. That’s two birds down with one powerful tool. Bingo!

Recording an Adobe Connect meeting

Once you start the meeting, go ahead and:

1. Press the ‘REC’ button to begin session recording.

2. Press pause or stop from the control bar to end the recording.

3. Choose where to save your video in your local disk.

Recording meeting on Webex

Like Zoom, Webex also doesn’t let free users record meetings on their phones. Similarly, free meetings are saved to your local device with the Cloud-saving options exclusive for paid Webex users.

Another thing to note: only the host, alternate host, or the presenter in a Webex meeting can record the session.

If you’re an attendee and want a recording, you’ll have to ask any one of these folks to record the meeting for you. Or, you can record it yourself using Vimeo Record.

Here’s how to record on Webex record:

1. Locate the record button at the window’s bottom. The ‘Record’ label is displayed in full if the screen is large enough. Otherwise, you’ll spot a circle at the right of the ‘Share Content’ button.

2. At this point, paid users will get the option to pick between local or Cloud recording. Free account users will only see a dialog inquiring where to save the recording file. Assign the destination and hit ‘Save.’

3. Use the recorder pop up that surfaces to pause, resume, and stop the recording.

Recording a session on TeamViewer

Follow these steps:

  • Click on ‘Extras,’ then select ‘Record’ and ‘Start.’
  • To end the recording, take the same route: ‘Extras’ followed by ‘Record and ‘Stop.’

Once the recording is over, a dialog box will ask where you want to save it. Select and you’re done.

Upload your meetings to one centralized video library

How to record a meeting FAQS

Is it possible to secretly record a zoom meeting?While it’s possible to record your Zoom meeting secretly using a screen record software, it’s highly advisable you make sure all meeting participants are aware that you’re recording the session.What is the best app for recording meetings?The best app for recording meetings is one that’s easy to use, doesn’t limit the number of recordings, and makes sharing the recording a breeze. Vimeo Record checks off all these pointers.How do I record my screen with audio?Simply use a screen recorder to tape both your screen and audio. But, first, make sure you’ve granted the software access to your microphone.How do I record my iPhone screen with internal audio?For iOS 11 and later, record the screen with internal audio from the ‘Screen Recording’ feature in your phone. Simply make sure the ringer is on for taping internal audio. To enable this feature, go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Control Center’ and select the ‘Screen Recording’ option. It’ll now show in your control center. Tap it to start recording.

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