Best Zoom Recorder to Record Zoom Meeting With or Without Host Permission


June 03, 2020 09:00 / Posted by Lisa Ou

Zoom provides a great and effective place for video conferencing, group chats and business collaboration. Nowadays, affected by the global coronavirus pandemic, many schools, colleges, companies, and other industries turn to Zoom to make the web teaching, education and working. Are you looking for a way to record Zoom meeting for later watching?

Best Zoom Recorder to Record Zoom Meeting With or Without Host Permission

You may notice that, only the host can initiate recording in Zoom by default. As a guest or participant, you need to get the permission from host to record the Zoom meeting. So you are definitely eager to know how to record a Zoom meeting without host permission. Here in this post, we will show you detailed guide to record Zoom meeting with or without permission.

1. How to Record Zoom Meeting with Host Permission

Zoom is a popular video conferencing tool which provides users with both computer client and mobile app. You can handily record a Zoom meeting as long as your account has permission. Zoom enables you to record a meeting with local recordings and cloud recordings. If you're a host or the host has granted you permission to record the meeting content, you can take the following guide to record a Zoom meeting with ease.

When you join a Zoom meeting, you can see a Record button on the bottom-right of the screen, next to the Chat. Click on it and you are offered two options, Record on this computer or Record to the cloud.

record zoom meeting button

Note that, if you are not a host or don’t get the host permission, there won’t be a Record button displaying at the bottom part.

Choose the Record on this computer option and you can start the Zoom meeting recording process. Here you can see a small Recording label appear in the upper-left corner.

While the recording, you are allowed to pause or stop it according to your need. When the Zoom meeting is over, you can click on the Stop icon to stop the recording process. Then you will get the prompt saying that The recording file will be converted to MP4 when the meeting ends.

record a zoom meeting with permission

The recorded Zoom meeting file will be automatically saved in a Zoom folder, C:/Users/User Name/Documents/Zoom on Windows PC and /Users/User Name/Documents/Zoom on Mac. You can also go to the Recording Settings to select a suitable destination file folder for the recorded Zoom meeting file.

2. Best Zoom Recorder to Record a Zoom Meeting Without Permission PC

Thing will be quite different if you are not a host or don’t get the host permission. Truth is, you can’t get the host permission in time to record Zoom meeting, if you just send the permission request while the meeting. Considering that, here we strongly recommend a powerful FoneLab Screen Recorder to help you record online meeting without host permission.

This powerful Zoom recorder offers both Windows and Mac versions. You should download the right version based on your system. Double click on the download button above and then follow the instructions to free install and run it on your computer.

When you get to the first interface, choose the Video Recorder feature to record Zoom meeting.

zoom recorder interface

Before the Zoom meeting recording, you need to set some video and audio recording settings based on your need. As mentioned above, this Zoom recorder allows you to record a Zoom meeting with full screen, active window or custom region. Here you can adjust the recording area as you like.

If you don’t want to record your only voice or background noise around you, here you can turn turn on the System Sound and turn off the Microphone. In that case, you will record a Zoom meeting audio track directly from the system audio. If you need to record your face, you can turn on the Webcam.

record settings

If you want to custom more recording settings, you can click the Record setting icon to enter the Preferences interface. You can select a suitable file folder for the recorded Zoom meeting. What’s more, you can set the output format as MP4, WMV, MOV or the other format according to your need. Here you can also set or adjust the Hotkeys to better control the whole Zoom meeting recording process.


After all these operations, you can start to record a Zoom meeting. Just click on the REC button and you can start the Zoom meeting recording. When the meeting is over, you can click the Stop button to stop the recording process. While the recording, you can handily pause it as you like. Moreover, you can take a screenshot at any moment of the Zoom meeting.

You will be guided to the preview window after the recording. Here you are allowed to preview the recording file and edit it. Then you can click the Save button to save the captured Zoom meeting file on your computer.

With the adoption of the latest accelerated technology, this Zoom recorder guarantees that you can get a smooth and high-quality recording process. It also allows you to record audio track only. For instance, you can record music from SoundCloud with exactly original sound quality.

3. FAQs of Recording Zoom Meeting

Question 1. What is the difference between local recording and cloud recording?

When you get the host permission, you are given two recording options, record on this computer or record to the cloud. The local recording is available to both free and paid subscribers. The cloud recording feature is automatically enabled for paid subscribers.

Question 2. How to record a Zoom meeting on Android phone?

When you want to record a Zoom meeting on an Android device, you need to rely on the Cloud Recording feature. It allows you to view, share, and download the Zoom meeting recordings file from your Zoom account. You should know that, you can’t record locally from an Android device. What’s more, you have to be the meeting host to make the cloud recording. If you are a guest, you need to rely on a third-party Zoom recorder app to make the recording.

Question 3. How to record Zoom meeting on iPhone?

iOS device is equipped with a built-in screen recorder which allows you to record a Zoom meeting on iPhone with ease. You can open Settings app and tap Control Center > Customize Controls to enable and add Screen Recording feature. When you want to record Zoom meeting, you can arise the Control Center and then use the Screen Recording feature to record it smoothly.

We have mainly talked about the Zoom recorder and how to record Zoom meeting in this post. We shared two simple ways to help you record a Zoom meeting with or without host permission. In addition, you can learn how to record a Zoom meeting on Android phone and iPhone from the FAQs part. If you still have any questions, you can leave us a message.

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