How to Record Zoom Meeting Without Permission [4 Ways]

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As COVID-19 has greatly changed our working pattern from offline to online, we find that online tasks have brought much convenience. We don’t have to select a concrete time that allows all attendees to travel for long and gather in one place. Therefore, we tend to choose online meeting platforms like Zoom to avoid those troubles. It wins hearts from us and makes our communication easier.

But you may not take all notes for further reference in time during Zoom meeting. Hence, today’s blog is going to introduce the top 4 ways to easily record Zoom meeting free to improve the working efficiency at home. With these methods, you are able to capture all details in a Zoom meeting without hassle.


Can I Record a Zoom Meeting as a Participant?

“Can you record a Zoom meeting?” Many of you may have ever asked. Zoom recording is a huge demand as many people desire to record the online meetings without leaving any detail behind to improve their working and studying efficiency. Zoom exactly knows what users’ needs are, so it provides the built-in recording feature to enable users easily record Zoom meeting on computer/Android/iPhone without installing extra software or addon. However, not all users are allowed to record a Zoom meeting.

Here are two basic regulations to use Zoom’s official recording feature:

  • Recording Zoom meetings on desktop is free for everyone, but as you start the recording, the host would receive the notification and he/she has the right to authorize the recording or not;

  • For mobile Zoom users, the recording feature can only be activated when you have paid for the subscription.

Hence, to record a Zoom meeting as a participant within the official software, you would be required to get the permission from the host at first. But if you cannot receive the permission at once, it may cause inconvenience for you. So, as you ask, “Can I record a zoom meeting if I am not the host”, we’ll tell you YES. You can turn to VideoSolo Screen Recorder for help, which can help you record Zoom meeting without permission and produce high quality output with audio.

VideoSolo Screen Recorder

High-performance and multifunctional screen recorder that records video & audio activities on your computer in high quality.

  • Capture any areas of your computer screen in HD quality.
  • Record all types of audios to MP3/AAC/M4A/WMA.
  • Marvelous editing features to help you record better.
  • Advanced recording features to fit your using habits.

Windows 11/10/8/7/Vista/XP/Mac OS X 10.7 or above

Method 1. How to a Record Zoom Meeting on Laptop with VideoSolo


VideoSolo Screen Recorder allows you to record Zoom meeting without permission on desktop. It helps you record Zoom meeting with audio clearly.

VideoSolo Screen Recorder empowers comprehensive yet easy-to-grasp Zoom meeting recording functionality to enable users overpass the recording authorization, and thus directly record the Zoom meetings without permission on PC/Mac. There are optional recording modes and flexible recording settings provided by VideoSolo Screen Recorder, enabling users to record Zoom meetings with audio in the way users need. Therefore, it’s the ultimate answer to the question “How to record a zoom meeting when you are not the host”.

Here are some highlighted features that VideoSolo Screen Recorder could help to power an efficient and convenient Zoom meetings recording process:

  • Available to record the Zoom meeting with microphone, system sound, and webcam on simultaneously;

  • Long-time meeting recording ensured with the data-restore feature to prevent any data loss when the recording is exited accidentally;

  • Hotkeys provided to control the Zoom meeting recording flexibly;

  • Instant drawing panel available to add notes to the recorded Zoom meeting directly;

  • Scheduled recording mode available to auto-process the Zoom meeting without manual control.

Now, let’s come to the guide on how to record a Zoom meeting as participant via VideoSolo Screen Recorder on desktop. It only takes 3 simple steps. 

Watch a tutorial video here:

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

From 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.

VideoSolo Screen Recorder Main Interface

Step 2. Select Recording Area and Adjust Sound

VideoSolo provides three recording area modes: Full Screen, Fixed Region and Self-customized Area. Select a suitable mode to record your Zoom meeting. Usually, Full Screen is recommended for recording important meetings as all participants’ speech will be recorded in the screen.

If you want to know how to record yourself on Zoom as well, you are able to turn on the webcam option here to enable VideoSolo Screen Recorder to record your own desktop camera. And if you want to open an extra program for work without losing track of recording your zoom meeting, it is advised to enable the Lock and record window feature from the Window option.

Select Recording Area VideoSolo

By hitting the gear icon above the microphone setting box, you are able to open “Preferences” to preset more settings about using VideoSolo Screen Recorder to record Zoom meeting. For example, you are able to customize the output settings or pre-test the sound checks here based on your requirements.

Adjust Sound Settings and Quality


  1. For Mac users, it is required to install an audio driver at first to process the Zoom recording with audio via VideoSolo Screen Recorder.

  2. It is able to enhance the audio quality by checking both the “Microphone noise cancellation” and “Microphone enhancement” options in “Preferences” > “Sound”.

  3. Hotkeys are able to be changed in “Preferences” based on your personal computer using habits.

Step 3. Click "REC" to Start Recording Zoom Meeting with Audio

When the settings and sound check are both done, you are available to process recording the Zoom meeting by hitting the “REC” button. Once the recording completes, you can end the recording and directly save it locally by clicking the “Save” icon in the previewing window.

Begin Zoom Meeting Recording

Other Useful Tips to Record Zoom with VideoSolo (Optional)

  1. To ensure the successful preservation of the recorded Zoom meeting, you are required to pre-check whether the storage of your computer is sufficient to save the recording, especially for the long-time recording.

  2. VideoSolo 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. And to get a Zoom meeting video saved with the best quality but appropriate file size, it would be better to customize the output parameters following the settings below:

Windows/Mac (Vdieo)




Frame rate




24fps (Recommend), 30fps, 60fps (Good for gameplay recording)

  1. Before processing the Zoom recording, you are able to turn on the “Task Schedule” mode to automatically start and end the recording without manual controls.


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. You can also schedule your recording tasks through VideoSolo Screen Recorder to help you automatically start recording a Zoom meeting.

Schedule Video Recording Task

How to Record Zoom Meeting Free with OBS

VideoSolo Screen Recorder is the all-powerful tool for recording a Zoom meeting, yet you need to pay for its full functions. Therefore, if you want to record a Zoom meeting without purchase, OBS is a good choice. OBS is a freeware available for Windows/Mac users to capture the screen. Like VideoSolo Screen Recorder, OBS enables you to directly record the conferences with high quality.

But notice that OBS is not specially for Zoom meeting recording as VideoSolo does. Many of its designs are helping live streamers improve the live stream quality, so there are multiple useless options when you want to record a Zoom meeting. Thus, if you are a tech-newbie, OBS may not be a perfect program. Now you can check the process below to record Zoom meetings via OBS:

Step 1. Launch OBS. Then you are required to create a new source by hitting the “+”icon in “Source” panel.

Step 2. Here you get multiple option based on your device requirements. If you have more than one monitor for PC, select “Display Capture” as it would function the Zoom recording better.

Display Capture Mode in OBS

For the single monitor user, select “Windows Capture” and choose “Zoom.exe” as the source to make the recording oriented towards Zoom software. However, this may not always work properly.

Window Capture Mode in OBS

Step 3. When you have preset the recording mode now, simply initiate the recording when the Zoom meeting starts. Then, OBS would perform to record the Zoom meeting with the best quality for you.

Method 2. How to Screen Record Zoom Meeting on iPhone/iPad/Android


Recording Zoom meetings on phone is easy and convenient, but it can be prevented by Zoom, or it’s possible to receive the recorded file without sound.

On iPhone/iPad/Android, the built-in recording features are absolutely available to record Zoom meetings. But just as mentioned above, this method is not always smooth, and if the Zoom meeting you attends is long, you’re possible to get a large file that suddenly occupy much of your mobile phone space. So, make sure you’ve known the limitations and prepare for them before Zoom meeting recording. Let’s see how to use them now.

On iOS

Step 1. Open “Settings” and turn to “Control Center”. You are required to add “Screen Recording” to the “INCLUDE” column at first.

Step 2. As a Zoom meeting starts, simply swipe down “Control Center” on your screen and tap the “Start Recording” icon.

Step 3. Now your iOS device would process to record the screen for you. When the meeting is over, open “Control Center” and tap the icon again, and the recorded Zoom meeting will be saved in your camera roll for watching back.

iPhone Built In Screen Recorder

On Android

Step 1. Firstly, you need to install the Mobizen screen recorder at first.

Step 2.When the apk is installed, launch it and directly tap on the circle and also the record icon to preset the recording settings before the Zoom meeting starts.

Step 3. Once the settings are completed, go to Zoom and join the meeting. Then you are able to start the recording to capture the conference right away.

Method 3. How to Record Meeting on Zoom with Chrome Extension


You just need to add a Chrome Extension for recording Zoom meetings with audio smoothly, but the output quality cannot be guaranteed.

Instead of installing an extra software to process the recording of Zoom meetings, using a Chrome extension can also realize the aim at recording Zoom meetings. Although Zoom itself has a chrome extension, many users report that it is very difficult to use and may not be able to log in. So, the screen recording tool we recommend here is Fluvid.

Once you have installed Fluvid in Chrome, you are able to select it to record Zoom meetings with system sound, microphone, and also webcam enabled. Its free plan is able to support recording 50 free videos for recording each with up to 1 hour long at max. Therefore, Fluvid is the best option you can try. Here shows you how to use it:

Step 1. Navigate to Google Chrome store and search for Fluvid. And then click on Add to Chrome.

Step 2. It is required to authorize an account to enable the recording permission, then click on the Next button to proceed.

Fluvid Sign Up

Step 3. Once you’ve signed up with an account, launch the extension, and you can start recording with Fluvid. To record a zoom meeting, you may first open the zoom meeting tab. It is also suggested to choose the Current Tab mode when it comes to record a Zoom. As all is set up, click the Start Recording button.

Record Zoom with Fluvid Chrome Extension

Step 4. When the zoom meeting is recorded, the video will be appeared in the My Video Tab.

Fluvid My Videos Tab

Method 4. How to Record Zoom Meeting with Audio Online


You can use Wondershare DemoAir to record Zoom meeting free without installation, but it strongly relies on network condition.

Similar to Chrome extension, usingsing an online tool to record Zoom meetings also save your effort in installing an extra software to process the recording. Wondershare DemoAir is able to fulfill your demands in recording Zoom meetings with the online feature, also without software installation required. This powerful extension is able to work with all mainstream browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Edge. But to ensure a satisfied Zoom recording process, you need to pay attention to the network carefully, otherwise the tool cannot work smoothly.

You are able to simply follow the guide below to process the Zoom recording online.

Step 1. Go to Wondershare DemoAir and hit the “Start Recording Now” icon to start processing the recording.

Step 2. Set up the audio input and also select a recording mode, then hit the “Start Recording” icon to continue.

Settings Before Recording Zoom Online

Step 3. You are required to select a path for preserving the recorded video now.

Step 4. Then the recording will be started and wait for the Zoom meeting ends to stop it. The recorded video will then be saved to your desktop for later watching back.

FAQs About Recording Zoom Meeting

Finally, go through some commonly asked FAQs to solve more of your problems to process Zoom recording.

1. Can I record a zoom meeting with a free account?

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, which is a useful feature available to both free and paid users. The cloud recording is only available to paid subscribers. It also provides the option to download and stream the recording files. But it is worth mentioned that the cloud recording storage capacity is around 0.5 GB to 1 GB for each plan. Here are the official guides for how to start local recording and cloud recording in Zoom.

For mobile users, only the cloud recording is provided, therefore, it is unavailable for mobile users to record a Zoom meeting for free.

2. How to give permission to record Zoom meeting?

If you are the host of the Zoom meeting, it is possible to record your own meeting within Zoom without hassle, and you now get the right to grant permissions for others to record the Zoom meeting. Simply follow the guide below to process the permission authorization to enable others to record the Zoom meetings.

On Computer

Step 1. Navigate to Zoom website and log in to your Zoom account.

Step 2. Head to “My Account” > “Recordings”. Based on the meeting you are going to hold, select “Cloud Recordings” or “Local Recordings”, and hit the “Settings” option beside.

Step 3. Submit to give hosts and participants permission to record the Zoom meeting locally or to the cloud. For cloud recording, only subscribers have the permission to do it.

Give Permission to Record Zoom Meetings

On Phone

In Zoom mobile app, local recording is not available. But as you are a subscriber of Zoom, you are absolutely allowed to start a cloud recording within the app. To give permission to your participants to recording the Zoom meeting on phone, you are only required to turn to your account and select “Settings” to enable option like on desktop.

If you are a participant and you want to record Zoom meeting, you can contact the host and ask for permission. You can check out these brief steps.

Step 1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal.

Step 2. Click the Settings tab and then navigate to the Recording tab. Now verify the Local Recording option is enabled. If you are the host, you may also toggle to enable the Hosts can give meeting participants permission to record locally.

Step 3. If the host has granted you permission to record the ongoing meeting, click the Record icon to start recording Zoom meeting call. If there is a menu, just select Record on this Computer.

Cloud Recording Options

Step 4. Click the Stop or Pause icon to control your recording process. After the meeting is ended, Zoom will automatically convert the meeting recording to files you can access.

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

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

Mac: /Users/User Name/Documents/Zoom

3. Is it legal to record a zoom meeting?

It would be better for users to gain permission from the hosts before starting to record a Zoom meeting. Or sometimes it could be considered as an unethical behavior. Worse yet, if you use the recorded videos for commercial purposes, you are absolutely against the copyright law.

After you ask the Zoom meeting host who has agreed your recording, you can then use VideoSolo Screen Recorder to record Zoom meeting without permission from the platform.

4. Does Zoom record your screen or just the meeting?

Zoom will not record your screen as it only records the meetings within the software. Unless you share your screen with other meeting participants during the recording, Zoom will record it as one part of the meeting content.

Besides, to record yourself alongside the desktop, you should submit the “Start with video” while starting to process the Zoom recording. When it is prompted, click the “Join Audio Conference” and Zoom will record both your webcam and microphone simultaneously.

5. How can I record Zoom audio only for podcast?

If you need to record a podcast on Zoom, only the following easy steps are required to be followed. Check it now:

Step 1. Install Zoom on your device and launch the software.

Step 2. Then, set up both of your microphone and headphone to prepare for the podcast recording.

Step 3. Go to “Settings” > “Recording” to tick the “Record a separate audio file for each participant who speaks” option for preserving the audio in an additional folder with a separate M4A audio file for each speaker.

How to Record Zoom for Podcast

Step 4. Process the recording by starting a “New Meeting” and share the link to all your guest. While the podcast starts, click the “Start recording” option to capture the audio.

Step 5. When the podcast ends, stop the recording and you are able to get an audio file saved in the created Zoom folder you just set before.

6. Does Zoom Record Audio with Headphones?

Pitifully, Zoom’s built-in recording feature won’t record internal sound when you are with your headphones on, which means you have to play out the sound to ensure Zoom can record the audio simultaneously. That’s not convenient when you are in place where you cannot make noise. Therefore, to record Zoom with audio even when headphones on, you can try VideoSolo Screen Recorder.

7. Why there is no record button on Zoom?

You should notice that Zoom doesn’t provide the recording feature for anyone to use. Unless you gain the permission from the host to record the meeting, or you would find no access to start a recording within the online meeting room in Zoom.


Even Zoom has provided an official access to record Zoom meeting with ease, there are more optional choices to help record Zoom meetings without permission and in high quality. The use of Zoom local recorder is really suitable on Zoom App. But when it comes to the question, “Can you record a zoom meeting if you are not the host”, VideoSolo Screen Recorder is definitely a reliable choice.

While on record Zoom meeting from Mac/Windows computer, VideoSolo Screen Recorder can also be an outstanding method. You can now free download and have a try. Take this tutorial and the suitable option to start saving all online Zoom meetings to increase your working or studying efficiency now!

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