Enabling automatic recording

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Automatic recording is an option that allows the host to start local recordings or cloud recordings automatically when the meeting or webinar starts. 

Notes:

  • Automatic cloud recording will start whether the host joins by computer, mobile device or telephone dial-in. Automatic cloud recording will also start if Allow participants to join anytime is used and participants join before the host. 
  • Automatic recording will not start for webinar practice sessions.
  • Automatic local recording will only start when the host joins from the Zoom desktop client.
  • Basic (free) users can only use automatic recording on a local computer.

This article covers: 

Prerequisites for automatically recording meetings and webinars 

  • Zoom account
  • Account owner or admin privileges to edit account or group settings

How to enable automatic recording

Account

To enable or disable Automatic recording for all users in the account:

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal as an admin with the privilege to edit account settings.
  2. In the navigation menu, click Account Management then Account Settings.
  3. Click the Recording tab.
  4. Click the Automatic recording toggle to enable or disable it. 
  5. If a verification dialog appears, click Enable or Disable to verify the change.
  6. Select either to Record on the local computer or Record in the cloud.
    • If you select Record in the cloud, select or clear the check box next to Host can pause/stop the auto recording in the cloud.
  7. Click Save.
  8. (Optional) To prevent all users in your account from changing this setting, click the lock icon , and then click Lock to confirm the setting.

Note: Account admins and owners can disable the Cloud recording downloads feature from account settings. 

Group

To enable or disable Automatic recording for a group of users:

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal as an admin with the privilege to edit groups.
  2. In the navigation menu, click User Management then Groups.
  3. Click the applicable group name from the list.
  4. Click the Recording tab.
  5. Click the Automatic recording toggle to enable or disable it.
  6. If a verification dialog appears, click Enable or Disable to verify the change.
    Note: If the option is grayed out, it has been locked at the account level and needs to be changed at that level.
  7. Select either to Record on the local computer or Record in the cloud.
    • If you select Record in the cloud, select or clear the check box next to Host can pause/stop the auto recording in the cloud.
  8. Click Save.
  9. (Optional) To prevent all users in the group from changing this setting, click the lock icon , and then click Lock to confirm the setting.

User

To enable or disable Automatic recording for your own use:

 

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal.
  2. In the navigation menu, click Settings.
  3. Click the Recording tab.
  4. Click the Automatic recording toggle to enable or disable it.
  5. If a verification dialog appears, click Enable or Disable to verify the change.
    Note: If the option is grayed out, it has been locked at either the group or account level. You need to contact your Zoom admin.
  6. Select either to Record on the local computer or Record in the cloud.
    • If you select Record in the cloud, select or clear the check box next to Host can pause/stop the auto recording in the cloud.
  7. Click Save.
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Note: If Automatic recording is enabled in your settings, it will be set for any meetings that you schedule going forward. It will not apply to existing meetings or your Personal Meeting ID. You will need to enable it for these meetings individually. 

Individual meeting

If you do not want to turn on automatic recording for all meetings, you can turn it off for individual meetings. You can also turn it on for an individual meeting, even if you do not have the setting on at the account, group, or user level. 

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal.
  2. In the navigation menu, click Meetings
  3. Click Schedule a Meeting or click the meeting topic from the list of Upcoming tab and click Edit
    Note: You can also select your PMI by clicking on the Personal Meeting Room tab.
  4. Under Options, select the check box next to Automatically record meeting.
  5. Select either On the local computer or In the cloud.
  6. Click Save.

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