Recording in Zoom

Enabling Local Recording

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal and click Meeting Settings (if you are an account member).

  2. In the Recording tab, navigate to the Local Recording option and verify that the setting is enabled. If the setting is disabled, click the toggle to enable it. If a verification dialog displays, choose Turn On to verify the change.

Note: If the option is grayed out, it has been locked at either the group or account level, and you will need to contact your Zoom administrator.

Starting a Local Recording

The host must record the meeting or grant the ability to record to a participant.

  1. Start a Zoom meeting as the host.

  2. Click the option to Record.

  3. If there is a menu, select Record on this Computer.

Participants will see a recording indicator in the top-left corner while the recording is active.

4. Click Participants to see which users are currently recording.

5. After the meeting has ended, Zoom will convert the recording so you can access the files.

6. Once the conversion process is complete, the folder containing the recording files will open.

Note: By default, the audio/video file (MP4) will be named Zoom_0.mp4. The audio only file (M4A) is named audio_only.m4a.


  • If the meeting unexpectedly shuts down or if the conversion process is interrupted, the recording files could become corrupted and non-recoverable. Restarting or shutting down your computer, putting the hard disk to sleep, or closing your laptop will interrupt the conversion process.

  • If the conversion process is not successful after the meeting has ended, you can try to convert the files again by navigating to the recording location and double clicking the recording files.

  • You can record the meeting in different layouts including active speaker, gallery view, and shared screen. Learn more about recording layouts.

Stopping or Pausing a Local Recording

During a Zoom recording, a user can Stop or Pause the recording. If a user stops the recording and starts it again, a new video file will be created for the next recording segment. If a user pauses the recording and starts it again, Zoom will record to the same video file for the recording segment.

  1. After a recording has been started, click Pause or Stop Recording at the bottom.

The recording can also be stopped or paused by clicking the indicator in the top left corner.

2. When a recording is paused, the following indicator will be displayed in the meeting.

3. To resume the recording, click Resume Recording at the bottom

The recording can also be resumed by clicking the indicator in the top left corner.

Accessing Local Recording Files

By default, all recordings will be placed in a Zoom folder found in the following file path on these devices:

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

  • Mac: /Users/User Name/Documents/Zoom

To access recording files:

  1. Open the Zoom desktop client and click Meetings.

  2. Click the Recorded tab and select the meeting with a local recording.


  • If you have a local recording that hasn't been converted to a video file yet, click Convert to convert the recording to a video file and display the options below.

  • If you only see the Open option, it means the recording is a cloud recording.

3. You can access these options to manage your local recordings:

    • Open: Open the folder that contains the recording files.

    • Play Video: Play the recorded meeting using your computer's default media player.

    • Play Audio: Play the recorded meeting audio with your computer's default media player.

    • Delete: Remove the meeting from the recording list on the Zoom client. This does not delete it from the computer.

    • Refresh icon: Refresh the recording list if you don't see your recording.

4. (Optional) Follow the steps to share a local recording if you want others to see your recording.