How to Record Zoom Meeting Without the Permission of the Host

By Karen Nelson Last updated : July 09, 2021

Zoom meeting is popular when it comes to online video conferences with colleagues, K12 online education classes and webinars (opens new window), etc. During the interminable time, you may be absent-minded so that you will miss something important. To avoid this, the best solution is to record the Zoom meeting for later review. But the problem is that the recording button will not appear unless the host allows you to do that. Don't worry! We will show you an ultimate guide on how to record Zoom meeting with or without the permission of the host in the following.

How to Record Zoom Meeting Without Permission on Mac/Windows

VideoSolo Screen Recorder (opens new window) is a powerful desktop Zoom video recorder that can record all computer activities, system sound and microphone sound from Zoom meetings on both Mac and Windows without authorization from the host. Same as Zoom local recorder, it can set recording area, use hotkeys to control, and add all kinds of annotations.

VideoSolo is very stable in long-time meeting recording and sets a data-restore window in case of accidentally exiting the recording and data loss. Beyond that, this Zoom video recorder empowers users to set record length, task schedule, preset frequently-used output setting, etc. For better audio quality, it rolls out Microphone noise cancellation and enhancement.

Notice: The meeting's host will not notice that someone is recording the Zoom meeting if using this third-party Zoom video recorder.

# Step 1. Select "Video Recorder" to Record Zoom Meeting

In the main interface of VideoSolo Screen Recorder, click "Video Recorder" to record both video and audio of the Zoom meeting. If you want to record audio only, you can use audio recorder (Learn more about audio recording in this article: [High Quality] Simple Way to Record Computer Audio (opens new window).

Main Interface of Zoom Video Recorder

# Step 2. Select Recording Area and Adjust Sound

VideoSolo provides three recording area modes: Full Screen, Fixed Region and Self-customized Area. Select one to record your Zoom meeting. Full Screen is recommended for recording important meetings.

Select Zoom Meeting Recording Area

Then, adjust the system sound and microphone sound to a comfortable volume. To make sure recoding Zoom meeting with audio successfully, you'd better make a soundcheck before your official Zoom recording. Click the Down arrow of the audio > Sound Check, then tick "System sound" and "Microphone". Now press "Start sound check" to check.

Adjust Sound Settings and Quality


  1. To record Zoom meeting on Mac with audio successfully, you need to install an audio driver (opens new window) first because of Mac system limitations.
  2. For better sound quality, you can tick "Microphone noise cancellation" and "Microphone enhancement". Please note that some low-configuration computers may crash. If so, this function is not available on your computer.

# Step 3. Select Zoom Meeting Video Output Format

This screen recorder provides various video output formats including MP4, WMV, MOV, F4V, TS, AVI and Gif. Click the gear-shaped icon and go to the "Output" tab, you can set video format/quality, frame rate and location of output files. In order to get a high-quality Zoom meeting video and save computer memory, I recommend this scheme:

Windows/Mac (Vdieo)




Frame rate




24fps (Recommend), 30fps, 60fps

Choose Output Video Output Format

Tips: If you set "Full screen" to record Zoom meeting, you can use hotkeys to control the recording. You can set them in Preferences > Hotkeys to suit your habit.

# Step 4. Click "REC" to Record Zoom Meeting

When you finish setting, join the existing Zoom meeting in progress or start to host a meeting. Then you can click "REC" to record. In the floating panel, you can set record length (opens new window), take snapshots, make some annotations and select window (s) you don't want to record. When stopped, a preview window will pop up then you can decide whether to save it in your local drive.

Begin Zoom Meeting Recording

How to Record Zoom Meeting with Permission of Host

As we mentioned above, the participants can record the Zoom meeting only when the host allows them to do that. If you want to record Zoom meeting, you can contact the host and ask for permission. As for how to provide recording permission to participants, you can find the steps in part 3.

Zoom offers two options for recording: local recording and Zoom-in-built cloud recording. The local recording will save the file on your local storage drive. Cloud recording is only available to paid subscribers. Here are the official guides for how to start local recording and cloud recording in Zoom.

How to start local recording in Zoom

How to start cloud recording in Zoom

The official guide is a little complicated, so next, we will show you the simple steps to record Zoom meeting if you're a participant with permission on Mac/Windows/iPhone/Anroid.

# How to Record Zoom Meeting on Mac/Windows

Step 1. If the host has granted you permission to record the ongoing meeting, there is a "Record" button at the bottom of the screen. Click the button to start recording Zoom meeting call.

Cloud Recording Options

Step 2. You will see a red dot in the top-left corner while the recording is active. 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.

Step 3. The local recording files will be saved in the default location:

PC: C:\Users\User Name\Documents\Zoom

Mac: /Users/User Name/Documents/Zoom

Tips: In part 3, we elaborate on the problem where do Zoom recordings go on Mac. If you cannot find the recording files on Mac, you can find the answer there.

# Can you record a Zoom meeting on your iPhone/Android?

You can record a Zoom meeting on your iPhone or Android if you are a paid Zoom membership (aa Pro, Business or Enterprise account). On the mobile, your Zoom meeting can be saved in the cloud. But please note that the space of the cloud is usually 1 GB. If you want more Zoom cloud storage, you need to pay for it. Here lists a simple guide on how to record Zoom meeting on iPhone/Android.

a. During the Zoom meeting, press on "More" on the bottom right.

Record Zoom Meeting on Mobile

b. Select "Record to the Cloud" on iOS or "Record" on Android.

c. Then, you can see "Recording…" on the top right. It means the recording is ongoing.

d. You can tap on this icon to pause or stop the recording. After you stop the recording, you can view the recorded Zoom videos in the "Meetings" tab > "Recorded" in the desktop app.


Cloud recordings generally take about 2 times the meeting duration to process. Due to unusually high volume during the COVID-19 pandemic, cloud recordings may require extra processing time that may take up to 24 to 72 hours. ---Zoom Help Center

More Useful Tips about Zoom Meeting Recording

In this part, we list some useful tips on how to record a Zoom meeting successfully.

# How to set up a Zoom meeting?

Zoom offers various ways to schedule a meeting. Here is the official guide:Schedule meetings in Zoom.

# As a Zoom meeting host, how to provide recording permission to participants?

At the bottom of the meeting window, click "Manage Participants" and then you can see the name of the participants. Hover over the name you want to give recording permission to and it will appear a More button. Select More > Allow Record, then the participant can record the Zoom meeting successfully.

# Where do Zoom Recordings Go on Mac?

First, you need to make clear you are a paid subscriber or a free user. If you are a free user, you can only use local recording features and your recorded files are stored in this path: /Users/User Name/Documents/Zoom. Or you can directly go to Finder > Search "Zoom" and then you can find all your Zoom recording files there. The folder name has the concrete date as the prefix, followed by the host's name and the Meeting ID.

If you are the paid user, Zoom recordings are stored either locally on your Mac, or in the Zoom cloud. If you cannot find the reording files from the solution above, find your files via cloud. After logging your account, choose "Recordings" on the left. Then you can find them in the Cloud Recordings tab.

The use of Zoom local recorder is really suitable on Zoom App. While on record Zoom meeting from Mac/Windows computer as a participant, VideoSolo Screen Recorder (opens new window) may be a more outstanding method especially when you don't get the permission of the host. You can download and have a try!

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