Record Meetings in Zoom and Save to Cloud or Local Computer (Zoom Recording)


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How do I record a meeting in U-M Zoom to the cloud or my local computer drive?


There are two ways for you to record a meeting in U-M Zoom: To the cloud or to your local computer drive.

Record Locally to Your Computer

Recording your Zoom meetings to your computer saves the meeting audio and video locally to your computer drive.

Note: Local recording is not supported on iOS and Android.

  1. Start the meeting in Zoom.
  2. Click the Record icon located along the bottom of the Zoom window.
  3. Select Record on this Computer.

Tip: The meeting host can Stop or Pause the recording as desired. If the recording is stopped and then restarted, a new video file will be created for the next recording segment. If the recording is paused and restarted, Zoom will record to the same video file.

After the meeting has ended, Zoom will convert the recording and save the file to your computer.

Access Local Recording Files

Once the conversion process is complete, the folder containing the recording files will open. By default, the audio/video file (.MP4) will be named Zoom_0.mp4. The audio-only file (.M4A) will be named audio_only.m4a.

Note: If the meeting unexpectedly crashes or the conversion process is interrupted, the recording files may 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.

By default, all recordings are saved to a Zoom folder found in the following file paths on Mac and Windows computers:

  • Windows: C:\Users\User Name\Documents\Zoom
  • Mac: /Users/User Name/Documents/Zoom

If you would like to save to a different folder, a pop-up window at the end of the recording will ask you where you'd like to save the files.

You can only view local recordings via the Zoom desktop client and recordings folder on your computer. You cannot view them on the Zoom website as only cloud recordings will appear there. However, you can visit to confirm that a local recording did occur.

Record to the Cloud

  1. Start the meeting in Zoom.
  2. Click the Record icon located along the bottom of the Zoom window.
  3. Select Record to the Cloud.

After the meeting has ended, Zoom will process the recording and save the files to your U-M Zoom account. Zoom will send the host an email when the process is complete and the recording is ready to view.

Access Cloud Recording Files

The host can find their cloud recordings in their U-M Zoom account on the web or via the Zoom desktop client (Settings > Recording > Manage my cloud recording).

Important: Cloud recordings are only stored for up to 150 days before they are deleted.

To avoid the 150-day storage, you can install the Zoom for Dropbox integration which will give you the ability to automatically save a copy of Zoom cloud recordings and transcripts to your U-M Dropbox account. Refer to Getting Started with the Zoom for Dropbox Integration to learn more.

Additional Information

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