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How to Record Zoom Meetings with Audio?

Oliva Eve
2021-10-27 20:49:48 • Filed to: Zoom Meeting Tips

The covid-19 pandemic has taught us a lot of things, but one thing that we have become really proficient at is using Zoom for communication and collaboration.

While the majority of the people have been using this essential productivity tool for more than a year to conduct online classes, meetings, webinars, etc., there are still some who are stumped when it comes to recording zoom meetings.

They simply can not record Zoom audio!

"Why can't I record on Zoom meeting?" You ask.

Well, we are here to answer all your questions!

By the time you finish reading this article, you'll know:

  • Why can we not record Zoom meeting audio?
  • How to record a Zoom meeting with audio?
  • How to record a Zoom meeting without the host's permission?

But before we get to the how-tos, let us give you a brief overview of why you need to record Zoom meetings.

So, let's begin!

Why Do You Need to Record a Zoom Meeting?

Well, the most common reason why you need to record a Zoom meeting is for the people who were unable to attend it. You can record a meeting with audio and share it with the absentees so they can stay updated.

Other than that, sometimes a meeting or a lecture can get too long. And, in case you zone out (which is quite a common occurrence during long meetings), or have to move away from the computer for a bit, recording a Zoom meeting enables you to refer back to it later on.

Also, recording a Zoom meeting is especially convenient for students who need to re-listen to a lecture or discussion when making notes or to study for an exam.

With that sorted, let's move on to the main reason why you're here!

Why Can We Not Record Zoom Meeting Audio?

Zoom has been a lifesaver for everyone during these testing times. With offices and educational institutions shut down, this online tool came to the rescue and enabled us to have online meetings and classes.

But, obviously, there are loopholes in everything!

In this case, people faced Zoom meeting recording problems. They could not hear the audio when they tried to screen record the meetings, and a video without audio is of no use!

So, why can we not record Zoom meeting audio?

It could be due to a number of reasons:

1. The Host has Disabled Local Recording

One reason you are not able to record a Zoom meeting is that the host has not granted permission to record it.

So, if you are the host, you can enable recording by following the steps below:

Step 1: Sign in to the Zoom web portal as the administrator.

Step 2: Click on "Account Management > Account Settings > Recording."

Step 3: Now, turn the toggle for "Local Recording" on.

Step 4: At this point, you might get a verification pop-up. Click "Enable."

Step 5: Additionally, you can enable the "Hosts Can Give Meeting Participants Permission to Record Locally" option so that the hosts can give permission to the users for recording the Zoom meeting.

However, if the host enables the local recording option and you still cannot record a Zoom meeting, it could probably mean one thing...

2. The Built-in Screen Recorder Does not Allow Audio Recording During Zoom Meetings

Many times, the built-in screen recorder in your computer or smartphone does not allow audio recording during a Zoom meeting.

Now, that's a real issue!

But we have just the solution you need: A third-party screen recorder like Wondershare DemoCreator!

Whether you want to screen record without the host's permission or your built-in screen recorder is not allowing you to record a Zoom meeting with audio, Wondershare DemoCreator is there to save the day!

So how to use this amazing tool?

Let's have a look!

How to Record a Zoom Meeting Using Wondershare DemoCreator

To record a Zoom meeting as a participant using Wondershare DemoCreator, follow these steps below:

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Step 1: Launch Wondershare DemoCreator on your PC and select the "Record Screen" option from the main interface.

Step 2: Next, select the recording area and frame rate according to your requirements.

Step 3: Remember to turn off your microphone while recording a Zoom meeting unless you are participating; otherwise, all background sounds from your microphone will be recorded.

Step 4: Now that you have adjusted everything and made the required configurations, it's time to start recording. Click on the "Record" button and open the Zoom meeting panel to start recording.

Alternatively, you can also press F10 on your keyboard to start recording and F9 to pause it.

Step 5: Once you're done recording, click "Stop" or F10 to stop the recording.

Step 6: A pop-up window will appear asking if you want to edit your Zoom meeting recording. Click "Go" to open the Wondershare DemoCreator editor.

Step 7: In the editor, you can do all sorts of basic or advanced editing on your Zoom meeting recording to give it a professional look, or you could leave it as it is.

Step 8: Now that you have made all the required changes to your recording, you need to export it to your local storage by clicking on the "Export" button at the bottom-right corner of the screen.

This will convert your Zoom video to mp4 and save it in the selected folder.

And that's how you record a Zoom meeting using Wondershare DemoCreator without the host's permission or when your built-in screen recorder cannot record Zoom audio.

But, what if the host has granted permission to record a Zoom meeting? Would you still require a third-party app to record it?

How to Record a Zoom Meeting With Audio?

To be able to record a Zoom meeting directly, the host must give users permission to record it.

How to Allow the Participant to Record

If you're the host, this is how to grant permission:

Step 1: Initiate a Zoom meeting and click on "Participants" to view the users present during the meeting.

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Step 2: Click on the participant to whom you want to give permission and click "More."

Step 3: From the drop-down menu, click on "Allow Record."

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Step 4: The participant will get the following notification and will now be able to record the Zoom meeting easily.

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How to Record a Zoom Meeting?

Once a user has been allowed to record a Zoom meeting, they can do so by following these steps:

Step 1: Join a meeting and click on the "Record" button at the bottom of the screen to start recording.

Step 2: Select "Record on this Computer" from the menu that appears.

Step 3: You will see the following indicator on the top-left corner of your screen: This means that the recording is in process.

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Step 4: A red dot will appear next to the name of the participant who is currently recording for the host to see.

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Step 5: Once the meeting has ended, the recording will stop automatically, and the software will convert Zoom video to mp4 and save the file in the Zoom folder.

How to Locate a Recorded Zoom Meeting?

To locate a recorded Zoom meeting:

Step 1: Launch the Zoom software.

Step 2: Click on the "Meetings" tab and select "Recorded" from the menu at the left.

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Step 3: A list of all recorded meetings will appear. Click on the one you wish to open.

Step 4: You will be given 4 options: Open, play, play audio only, and delete.

Click on the desired action, and you're good to go!

Wrapping Up

Zoom has been a lifesaver for everyone during these testing times. With offices and educational institutions shut down, this online tool came to the rescue and enabled us to have online meetings and classes.

But, obviously, there are loopholes in everything!

In this case, people faced Zoom meeting recording problems. They could not hear the audio when they tried to screen record the meetings, and a video without audio is of no use!

Therefore, using a collaborative tool like Wondershare DemoCreator, we can solve this issue where users cannot record Zoom audio. Not only does it allow you to screen record a Zoom meeting, but it also gives you the option of editing it once you are done.

So, whether your built-in screen recorder is acting up or the host has forbidden you from recording a Zoom meeting, Wondershare DemoCreator has your back!

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