How to Record A Zoom Meeting without Permission

author Carrie Murray
date Wednesday, April 1, 2020

As people are working at home, the use of Zoom for online meetings, interviews, webinars are growing. When having a Zoom meeting, sometimes you may need to record the meeting so that you can review important information afterward.

By default, only the host can start a Zoom recording locally or to the cloud. This post is going to show you how to record a Zoom meeting as an attendee with or without permission.


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Record Zoom Meeting without Permission

Participants need to request a recording privilege from the host before they are able to record a Zoom meeting. If you don't have permission or don't want to go through the troubles of contacting the host, you should use a third-party video recorder to record the Zoom meeting without permission.

FonePaw Screen Recorder (opens new window) can be a Zoom video recorder for PC and PC to record online meetings even if you are not a host. It can record a Zoom meeting with audio from both you and other members in the meeting. You can also take screenshots during the recording. It is easy to start a Zoom recording without permission by using FonePaw Screen Recorder.

Step 1: Install FonePaw Screen Recorder on your PC or Mac.

Step 2: When you are at a Zoom meeting, start the recorder and choose Video Recorder > Rec to record the ongoing meeting. Make sure you have toggled on System Sound to record sound. Turn on Microphone if you need to record your own voice.

Record Screen on Mac

Tip: You can also click Task Schedule to schedule a recording for your meeting.

Step 3: Click the red button to stop the Zoom recording anytime you like. You can cut the unwanted part from your recording with its Clip feature.

Record Zoom Meeting without Permission

Get Permission to Record Zoom Meeting as A Participant

If it is okay for you to request a recording privilege from a host, here is how you can get permission and record a meeting in Zoom.

For the host: Go to Manage Participants, select the participant who wants to record the meeting, click More > Allow Record to give the participant the recording permission.

Allow Record in Zoom

For the participant: Once you have received the notification that the host has allowed you to record the meeting, you can click Record and choose to record the Zoom meeting to the computer locally or to the cloud. There are also buttons to pause or stop the Zoom recording. After the meeting is ended, Zoom will automatically convert the meeting recording to files you can access.

Record Zoom Meeting with Pemission

Tip: You can start a Zoom meeting recording with keyboard shortcuts. On PC, activate a recording by Alt+R shortcut; On a Mac, it is Up Arrow + CMD + R(local recording) or Up Arrow + CMD + C(cloud recording).

Where Does Zoom Save Recordings?

If you have trouble finding Zoom recording files, here are where Zoom saves the recordings of the meeting.

Local Recording

If it is a local recording, the file should be saved in the default location:

  • On PC, go to C:\Users\User Name\Documents\Zoom.
  • On Mac, go to /Users/User Name/Documents/Zoom.

To view a local recording file of a Zoom meeting, you can:

  • Open Zoom desktop, click Meetings;
  • All the meeting recordings are shown under the Recorded tab;
  • You can open or play the recording file.

View Local Recording

Cloud Recording

If the recording files are saved to your cloud storage, you can access and download the files in the following steps.

  • Open the Zoom web portal;
  • Click Recordings to view all the meetings that you have recorded;
  • Click the Download button next to a recording to save the Zoom recording in MP4 files.

Download Zoom Recording

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