Paid and free subscribers can record local content. Video and audio can be recorded locally to a computer by participants using local recording. Videos can be uploaded to file storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, or streaming services like YouTube or Vimeo.
Prerequisites for local recordings
- Account level Basic (Free) or higher
- Version 2.0 or higher of the Zoom desktop client for Windows, Mac, or Linux
iOS and Android do not support local recording. If you are using a mobile device, you can view cloud recording for paid accounts.
Limitations for local recording
The following features are not supported by local recordings:
- In the recording, display the timestamp
- and participants’ names
- separately for Active Speaker, Gallery View, and Shared Screen
- transcribed audio
- The shared screen recording layout may include a thumbnail of the active speaker or may not (local recordings always display a thumbnail gallery view)
- Record using the iOS or Android app
Cloud recording is the best option if you need these features.
How to enable local recording
For all users in the account, local recording can be enabled or disabled as follows:
- You can edit account settings by logging into the Zoom web portal as an administrator.
- Select Account Management then Account Settings.
- Select the Recording tab..
- You can toggle Local Recording on or off under the Recording section.
- Verify the change by clicking Enable or Disable in the verification dialog.
- Allow Hosts to give meeting participants permission to record locally as an option to enable the Host to do the same.
- The lock icon , followed by Lock to confirm the setting, is an option if you want to make this setting mandatory for every user in your account.
Local recording can be enabled or disabled for a group of users by:
The Group Management page has been renamed to Groups if you registered for a Zoom account after August 21, 2021; or if your account has the New Admin Experience enabled.
- As an administrator, sign in to the Zoom web portal.
- Select User Management, followed by Group Management.
- From the list, select the desired group.
- Select the Recording tab.
- Turn on or off Local Recording.
- Verify the change by clicking Enable or Disable.
- (Optional) Enable the Host to give permission to meeting participants to record locally so the host can also allow the meeting participants to record locally.
- You can make this setting mandatory for all group members by clicking the lock icon, followed by Lock to confirm the setting.
You can enable or disable local recording for your own use by following these steps:
- Log in to the Zoom web portal.
- Click Settings in the navigation panel.
- Choose Recording from the drop-down menu.
- Toggle the Local Recording toggle on/off.
- Click the toggle to enable the setting if it’s disabled. Verify your changes by clicking Turn On.
- You will need to contact your Zoom administrator if the option is grayed out; it has been locked at the group or account level.
- (Optional) The Host may give permission to participants to record meetings locally, allowing them to record as well.
How to start a local recording
Meetings must be recorded or participants must be granted the ability to record.
- As the host, start a Zoom meeting.
- Record the meeting.
- Click Record on this Computer if there is a menu.
When recording is active, hosts will see the following recording indicator in the top-left corner.
When the recording is active, participants will see the following indicator in the top-left corner.
- To see which participants are recording, click Participants.
Note: If the host does not disable the recording, participants will receive a message that the meeting is now being recorded.
- Zoom will convert the recording so that you can access the files after the meeting ends.
- After the conversion process is complete, the recording files will appear in the folder.
Note: Records are formatted by default in a certain way. Video[random number].mp4 will be the filename of the audio/video file (MP4). A file named audio[random number].m4a contains only audio (M4A).
- If the meeting unexpectedly ends or the conversion process is interrupted, the recording files could be corrupted and unrecoverable. Your conversion process will be interrupted if you restart or shut down your computer, put your hard disk to sleep, or close your laptop.
- You can attempt to manually convert the recording if the conversion process fails after the meeting is over.
- The meeting can be recorded in different layouts, such as Active Speaker, Gallery View, and Shared Screen.
- As soon as the file has been converted, use a unique file name if you decide to rename it from the default naming convention. When saving your meeting files, do not include the words Zoom, Personal Meeting Room, or My Meeting.
How to stop or pause a local recording
Participants can pause and stop Zoom recordings during the recording process. The next video file for the recording segment will be created if the participant stops and starts the recording again. The recording segment will be recorded to the same video file if the participant pauses and starts the recording again.
- At the bottom, click Pause or Stop Recording once the recording has started.
- By clicking the indicator in the top left corner, you can also pause or stop the recording.
- In the meeting, the following indicator will be displayed when a recording is paused.
- Click Resume Recording at the bottom of the screen to resume the recording.
- It is also possible to resume the recording by clicking the indicator in the top left corner.
- You can access the local recordings on your computer after you stop recording.
How to assign recording privileges to a participant
- Click Participants in a Zoom Meeting.
- Click More next to the name of the participant who will be granted recording privileges in the participants menu.
- Click Allow Recording.A notification will appear to the participant:
- If a participant is recording, an icon will appear next to their name in the participant menu.
- You can disable the participant’s recording capability by clicking More next to his/her name, then clicking Forbid Record.The participant will be notified as follows:
How to change local recording settings
In the Zoom client, change the local recording settings as follows:
- Click Settings in the Zoom client.
- Select Recording.
The Zoom client will open your recording options, which you can change.
When the default location of the local recording is set to a cloud syncing folder (such as Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive), an external drive or network storage device, the local recording may not be able to be saved or converted. Zoom recommends storing recordings on a local drive as the default location.
How to record multiple audio files
The host can record all audio streams of participants as separate audio files, one file for each participant when recording locally. This option can be enabled by following these steps:
- Click the Settings button in the Zoom client.
- In the Recording section, click the Record button.
- Click the radio button to make each participant’s audio file a separate file.
- Save the recording to your computer.
- Afterwards, open the recording folder once the meeting is over.
- Select Audio Record from within the folder.
- Upon entering the Audio Record folder, each participant’s audio track will appear as its own file, with the file name containing the participant’s name.
Local recordings are the only ones capable of recording separate audio tracks.