Zoom: Record a Meeting or Webinar

As a Zoom host, you can record your meeting or webinar. You can adjust your Zoom settings so that your meetings and webinars are recorded automatically, or you can begin recording from within your meeting or webinar. 

You can also choose to allow meeting participants to record your meeting locally onto their own computer.

In this article:

Recording Options in Zoom

There are two ways you can save Zoom recordings:

  • To your computer (Locally)
  • To the web (Cloud)

Your recording options are based on your role at the University of Minnesota. Which account type do I have?

 Account Type  Local Recording to Computer  Cloud Recording
Non BAA/BAA+ Staff, Faculty, Departmental or Sponsored account  X
Non BAA/BAA+ Student  X X
BAA/BAA+ Staff, Faculty, Departmental or Sponsored account   X  
BAA/BAA+ Student  X  

Choosing Your Recording Settings

From your Zoom account, you can adjust your recording settings in the Recording tab of your Settings page.  

  1. Go to zoom.umn.edu and login with your UMN Internet ID and password.
  2. Click Settings in the left-hand navigation sidebar
    screenshot showing Settings highlighted in the Zoom website left-hand navigation sidebar
  3. Pick the Recording tab at the top of the Settings page.
    screenshot showing the 3 tabs across the top of the Meeting Settings page, with Recording highlighted

Local Recording

The first setting is Local Recording. Local recording allows a host or participant to record a meeting onto their computer.
Zoom recording settings, Local recording. "Allow hosts and participants to record the meeting to a local file toggled on. Option "Hosts can give participants the permission to record locally" checked.

  • If you are a faculty, staff member, student, or using a departmental or sponsored account with a BAA or BAA+ flag, this is the only recording option that will be available to you.  
  • In order to record locally, you must use the Zoom for Meetings desktop client (Zoom app) on a computer. You cannot record locally through a web browser, on a mobile device, or an in-room video conferencing system.
  • Even with the Local recording feature enabled and the additional box checked, meeting participants will not be able to record unless you specifically give permission during the meeting. Go to Zoom's article on local recording and assigning recording privileges to a participant for more detailed instructions.
    • Note: If Hosts can give participants the permission to record locally is unchecked, Hosts will not have the option to allow participants to record from within a meeting.
  • Even with the Local recording feature enabled, webinar attendees will not be able to record unless you make them a panelist. See Managing Participants in A Webinar for more information and instructions.

Cloud Recording

The next group of settings all pertain to Cloud Recordings. Only hosts can record to the cloud. 

Note: Zoom cloud recordings will remain available for 180 days. If you wish to retain a Zoom cloud recording beyond 180 days, download the recording and keep a copy somewhere else, such as Google DriveBox Secure Storage, or Kaltura Media Space.

Suggested Cloud Recording settings:

  • Record active speaker with shared screen: Record both active speaker view and shared content on the same video.
  • Save chat messages from the meeting/webinar: Receive a .txt file with the transcript of in-meeting chat messages.
    • Note: For meetings, the chat transcript saved on the cloud will only include chat messages sent to everyone. For webinars, the saved chat will only include messages from the host and panelists to all participants. Messages sent between individuals are not saved on the cloud. 
  • Display participants' names in the recording: Add participants' name to the bottom-right corner of their video.
  • Record thumbnails when sharing: Include a thumbnail of the presenter when screen sharing.
  • Audio transcript: Automatically transcribe your cloud recordings.
  • Save panelist chat to the recording: The messages sent by panelists during a webinar to either all panelists or all panelists and attendees will be saved to the recording.

Zoom settings. Default cloud recording settings for UMN Zoom users. Enabled settings: Record active speaker with shared screen, save chat messages from the meeting/webinar, display participants' names in the recording, record thumbnails when sharing, audio transcript, save panelist chat to the recording.

For a detailed explanation of all Cloud Recording settings, review Zoom's article on Cloud Recording.

Automatic Recording

Turn on Automatic Recording if you are concerned that you may forget to record a meeting or webinar.  If you enable Automatic recording you will be able to choose where your recording goes (to the cloud or locally to your computer) depending on your account type as noted above. After a meeting ends, the recording will automatically process and save to your computer or into the cloud.

Note: If you enable Automatic recording, disable Join Before Host in your Settings. Otherwise, the recording will begin as soon as any participant enters a meeting, which could be hours ahead of time. This can result in large recording files that you will need to trim once the recording is complete.  
Zoom recording settings. Automatic recording section. The feature is enabled and record in the cloud selected. Host can pause/stop the auto recording in the cloud checked.

Only Authenticated Users Can View Cloud Recordings

If you enable this feature, your recording will require viewers to sign in with their University of Minnesota Internet ID and password to view your recording, even if they have a Shares link.  Enabling this feature shields your recording from the general public.

However, University of Minnesota accounts that are a part of the Health Care Component (HCC) will be unable to view your recording, as they are part of the HCC Zoom Instance.

Multiple Audio Notifications of Recorded Meeting

If you enable this feature, attendees will hear a recording notification each time a recording starts or stops, and also each time a new participant joins the meeting.  This can be disruptive when attendees join the meeting late, but it is an option for those with privacy concerns.  

Recording from Within a Zoom Meeting or Webinar

In a Meeting on a Computer

  1. Click the Record button on the Host control toolbar. Depending on your account type, you may or may not have the option to record to the cloud. 
    • If you are hosting your meeting through a web browser such as Google Chrome, you will not have the option to record locally.
      screenshot showing the meeting control toolbar with the Record button highlighted
  2. Once you start the recording, the Record button will change to Pause/Stop controls.
    screenshot of the pause and stop recording buttons
    • Press Pause to temporarily stop the recording. Your options change to Resume/Stop Recording.
    • Press Resume to start recording again.
  3. Press Stop to end the recording. Your recording will begin processing once the meeting is ended by the host.

In a Webinar on a Computer

The recording controls are under the More... menu in the webinar control toolbar. If you are hosting your webinar through a web browser such as Google Chrome, you will not have the option to record locally.
screenshot of webinar control toolbar in the Zoom for Meetings desktop client, the More... menu is activated showing recording options

In a Meeting or Webinar on a Mobile Device in the Zoom App

The option to record to the cloud is available under the More... menu in the Zoom mobile app

Note: Mobile devices can record to the cloud only. If your account type does not allow cloud recording, you will not be able to record from the Zoom mobile app.

  1. Click More... in the Zoom toolbar
    screenshot of webinar and meeting control toolbar in the Zoom mobile app, the More... menu is activated
  2. Choose Record to the Cloud
    screenshot of the zoom mobile app interface on iPhone, Record to the cloud is highlighted in the More... menu