If you have been in a long Zoom meeting where you can’t remember everything that was said, a recording helps out immensely. You can record meetings (local or cloud) using a personal computer or phone. For starters, a complete guide for how to use Zoom will set the right pace for the next recording.
Before diving into the steps, here are a few things to know. During local recording, you cannot record these specific features:
- Record Active Speaker, Gallery View, and shared screen separately.
- Record using the iOS or Android app.
- Audio Transcription
- Shared screen recording with active speaker thumbnail or without any thumbnails.
We recommend using cloud recording, which requires a Zoom paid membership to access the above features. Depending on your needs, you can pay as little as $140 for a whole year of premium Zoom access.
How To Record a Zoom Meeting using Local Recording
Before you are ready to record a meeting, you must enable some permissions on your account.
1. Sign Into Your Zoom account
2. Click Account Management
From this menu, click on Account Management, then click on Account Settings.
3. Select Recording
4. Turn on Local Recording
The first option on the Recording page will be Local Recording click on the switch next so it is blue.
5. Choose a Save Location
Using the Zoom desktop app click on the Home icon and click on Recording.
6. Start a Meeting as the Host
Start a meeting and ensure you are the host or co-host.
7. Click Record
You will see a circular icon on the bottom toolbar and the word Record underneath it. Click on it.
8. Click Stop
After your meeting, click on the Stop icon on the bottom toolbar.
9. Locate The Recording
When you first click into this tab, you will see your upcoming meetings, but next to that, you can click on Recorded to view previous meetings you recorded.
You can view the recording from either of these locations and share it with your colleagues by uploading the file to a file-sharing service like Dropbox.
How To Use Cloud Recording
As we discussed earlier, cloud recording requires a paid membership to use this feature. But if you find yourself recording every meeting you are in, the extra cost is well worth. This will also allow you to record Zoom meetings regardless of your platform. So you can be on a computer, phone, or tablet and still be able to record.
Let’s look at how to use cloud recording on your phone. It’s pretty much the same process as local recording with a PC.
1. Open The Zoom App
2. Tap on More
3. Select Record
If you have an iOS device, you will see Record to the Cloud. On an Android device, you will see Record. After tapping on either of these options, your recording will begin.
4. Stop Recording
When you are done with your meeting, tap on the Recording icon in the top-right corner of your screen.
5. Locate The Recording
To find your recording, afterward, navigate to the My Recordings section of the Zoom website, which we have linked here. You can also find the recording in the desktop app by going to the Meetings tab and clicking on Recorded.
Recording your Zoom meetings has many advantages and a few drawbacks. Both options allow you to retain privacy. Even cloud recordings are only accessible to people you share them with. Plus, because Zoom makes it simple to record and access your meetings, we don’t see a lot of reasons not to record your meetings unless participants specifically asked not to be recorded.
Zoom does send a message to everyone in the meeting when you start recording, letting them know you are recording the meeting, so you don’t have to announce it at the beginning meeting.