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How To Record?

Zoom offers the two recording options

Cloud recording is automatically enabled for all paid subscribers. When you record a meeting and choose Record to the Cloud, the video, audio, and chat text are recorded in the Zoom Cloud. The recording files can then be downloaded to a computer or streamed from a browser via HTML5 or Flash. To manage your recorded meetings or share a recording with others, log into your account and navigate to the My Recordings page.

Local recording is available to free and paid subscribers. Local recording allows you to record meeting video and audio locally on your computer or shared network drive. The recorded file can then be uploaded to your company streaming server or public streaming server such as Vimeo or Youtube.  

New: Watch the All About Recording video webinar.


  • A Zoom Pro, Business, Education, or API Plan
  • A Cloud Recording add-on subscription plan
  • Account Admin can enable or disable in Account Management
  • Members must have a Pro license
  • Zoom client version 3.5 or higher is required on PC, Mac, iOS and Android

Recording a Meeting to the Cloud

  1. Start a meeting
  2. Select the Record button in the Zoom toolbar
  3. Select "Start Cloud Recording"
  4. To stop the recording press Stop Recording or end the meeting

Once the recording has been stopped, the recording must be processed before viewing. Zoom will send an email to the host email address when the process is completed.

For recording on mobile, please see How Do I Record on Mobile Devices?


Viewing the Cloud Recording

The recorded meeting can be seen by logging in to your account and selecting the My Recordings page.

  • If your meeting has not finished converting, the recording will show in the list, but you will see a "Processing Recording..." message indicating that it is still processing

Once the process is completed, you will be able to Play, Share, Download or Delete your cloud recording.

Click the meeting topic title to display the files of the recorded data. The following files are available:

  • Recording -  MP4 file with audio and video showing Active View
  • Gallery View -  MP4 file with audio and video showing Gallery View
  • Audio Only -  M4A file with a recording of the audio
  • In-Meeting Chat - Text file with the transcript of chats within the meeting

Click a file to play the recording or see the text of the chat. You can also download a file to your computer, share a link to the recording with others, or delete a file.

Password Protect your Cloud Recording

If you wish to limit the access to download/viewing your cloud recording, you can password protect the recording.

  1. Select the Topic link on your My Recordings page
  2. Select the Share link under the recording you wish to password protect

  3. Check the Enable Access Password checkbox, enter the password you wish to use, and press Save