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December 20, 2021

How to Find and Send Zoom Recordings

Do you record your Zoom meetings? Learn how to find and send Zoom recordings even if you’re on the free Zoom plan and the cloud option is not available.

Zoom recordings are one of the many advantages of teleconferencing and working from home. You can easily share the entire meeting with absent colleagues or use it for training and legal purposes. What’s more, it’s often better to review actual meeting footage for action points than your secretary’s minutes.

Zoom’s support team has reported that it receives more queries about recordings than anything else. That’s because recordings are one of the platform’s most-used features. So if you’re one of those asking, “Where do Zoom recordings go?” and “Where does Zoom save recordings?”, this article is for you.

You’ll find out how to find Zoom recordings and share them with anyone, anywhere. Zoom recordings can be saved locally (on your hard drive) or on the cloud. The Zoom Cloud option is only available to paid users, whereas the local option is available to everyone.

How to Record Zoom Meetings

There are a few things you have to note about Zoom recordings:

  • You can only record meetings without permission if you’re a host.
  • If you’re a participant, you need permission from the host to record the meeting, and the host has to join the meeting to give that permission.
  • You can also record meetings by default if you’re an alternate host.
  • You can’t record locally from an Android or iOS device.
  • Only cloud recording supports the following features:
    • Displaying participants’ names in the recorded video
    • Adding a timestamp
    • Recording the shared screen, Gallery View, and Active Speaker separately
    • Audio transcription
    • Android and iOS support

Here’s how to record a meeting on the Zoom desktop client:

  1. Once you start the session, click on the Record option at the bottom of the meeting window.
  2. If you’re a licensed user, you’ll see two options after clicking on Record:
  • Record on this computer
  • Record to the cloud
  1. If you’re a free user, clicking on the Record button starts recording the meeting on your computer.
  2. The recording bar will now appear in the top-left corner, and you can pause or stop it using the buttons.

Here’s how to start recording on Zoom’s mobile app:

Note: You can’t record meetings on Android and iOS devices if you’re not a licensed user. Local recording isn’t available on these platforms.

  1. Open the app and start a meeting.
  2. Click on the More option in the bottom-right corner once the meeting begins.
  3. Once the options appear, select “Record to the cloud.”

How to Find Zoom Recordings

So, where are Zoom recordings stored? Let’s find out.

Once the meeting ends, Zoom converts the recorded video to the MP4 format if you’re recording locally. After the conversion process is complete, the folder where it’s saved will automatically pop up. You should see the MP4 video in the folder named Zoom in your Documents folder by default.

If it’s saved in a different folder for any reason, you can find its location using the Zoom desktop client. Open the program and click on Meetings at the top of the window. Next, go to the left side of the window and switch to the Recorded tab. Now, you’ll find the path to your recorded meetings on the right side of the window. You can open, play or delete the video from this interface.

If you saved the recording to the cloud, clicking on the Open option will redirect you to your Zoom web account, where you can access the video. Note that cloud recording might take some extra time. Zoom will send an email notifying you that your last recording is now available, alongside a link to the video. That’s how to access Zoom recordings.

How to Send Zoom Recordings

Now that you know how to record and find Zoom recordings, we’ll show you how to send them to colleagues.

Sharing a cloud recording is easy. All you have to do is share a link to the video with whoever will view it. Of course, you can also download the video if you want. The link to the recording will be included in the email notifying you that the recorded meeting is now available.

You can also restrict the number of people with access to the video by authorizing select users or adding a password to the video. You can manage how a user views, deletes, and shares recordings if you’re an administrator. You have to go through the Recording Management interface to do all that. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Zoom web portal and sign in to your account.
  2. Go to the navigation menu and click on Account Management.
  3. Click on Recording Management to view your cloud recordings.
  4. You can search for recordings by entering the meeting topic or ID or keywords in your chat transcripts.
  5. The Advanced Search option can help you filter your search by date, storage location, and host.

To share the recording, follow these steps:

  1. Once you find the cloud recording, click on Share.
  2. When you see the “Share this cloud recording” dialog, select your preferences. This is where you can share the recording, add an expiry date to the link, allow viewers to download the video, enable viewers to see the transcript, prompt users to log in to view the recording, and protect the link with a password.
  3. You can now copy the link and share it with your recipient.

When it comes to sharing a local recording, you may upload it to a cloud storage service such as Google Drive, OneDrive, or Dropbox to share it. However, if you don’t share files often, committing to monthly subscriptions with those services doesn’t seem the right option. Besides, as you know, Zoom recordings can stretch for hours and result in large files. So, you might exceed the free quota offered by Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, and other cloud storage services, which means you might be forced to purchase an expensive subscription plan.

That is why a file-sharing service like FileWhopper is a better option. With FileWhopper, you don’t have to buy time-based subscriptions to send files. Instead, you’ll pay for each transfer separately, and your file’s or folder’s size determines the price. But that’s not the only thing that sets the service apart. Here are more reasons you should consider using it:

  • You don’t have to worry about starting from scratch whenever your upload is interrupted. So, if your computer goes off or your connection drops, you can pick up from where you left off when you get back online.
  • Your recipient can start downloading your data the moment you begin the upload. They don’t have to wait for the upload to finish. This speeds up the sharing process significantly.
  • The service uses advanced multi-threaded transfer technology to boost upload and download speeds. Multiple servers work together to ensure the transfer is completed in less time.
  • FileWhopper’s small desktop app coordinates the transfer and will auto-delete once the process is complete.
  • The tool uses zero-knowledge encryption, which means the service doesn’t have access to the data you’re transferring. You can protect your file or folder with a manually or automatically generated password, which you should send to the recipient along with the corresponding transfer link for them to be able to access the contents of your transfer.

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Finding and sharing Zoom recordings should now be easy. You can easily capture your meeting on Zoom, and you don’t have to worry about subscribing to a cloud storage service to send the recording – FileWhopper will help you out.

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