Local Recording

Local recording allows users to record meeting video and audio locally to a computer. The recorded files can be uploaded to a file storage service like Dropbox, Google Drive, or a streaming service like YouTube or Vimeo.

Enabling Local Recording (For your own use)

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

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.

Start a Zoom meeting as the host.

Click the option to Record or if there is a menu, select Record on this Computer.

Hosts will see the following recording indicator in the top-left corner while recording is active.

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

Note: Dial-in participants will hear a message informing them that the meeting is now being recorded unless disabled by the host.

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

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.

Saving your files

When saving your files please name your video files like this:

"Course initials_Course number_Prof. Name_Semester_video number"


"WRT _205_Selbach_Fall2020_001"

This allows the videos to be easily organized and easily identifiable.

We recommend making a folder somewhere simple, like your desktop, to save all of your videos so it is easy and organized later once you are ready to upload.


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.

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:

Open the Zoom desktop client and click Meetings.

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.

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.

Note: If there are issues opening or playing the file, check the default recording location and ensure the files are in the correct place.

To change local recording settings in the Zoom client:

Open the Zoom client and click Settings.

Click the Recording tab.
This will open your recording options that you can change using the client.

Note: Setting the default location to a cloud syncing folder (such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive), an external drive, or network storage device may cause issues with saving and converting the local recording. Zoom strongly recommends keeping the default location on a local drive for recordings.

For more information including how to stop or pause a recording, assigning recording permissions to a participant or recording multiple audio files, follow this guide.

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