Can a participant record a Zoom meeting? The answer is unfortunately no unless you got permission from the host. With a third-party screen recorder, however, you can still record Zoom without permission and anyone knowing. In this post, I will focus on how to record a Zoom meeting without permission on Windows. You are recommended to download this HD Zoom meeting recorder with audio and follow the guide below:
Michelle | Updated on Sep 21, 2022

Can You Record a Zoom Meeting?

Zoom has become an indispensable part of our life during the pandemic. We take basically every social activity on Zoom - we organize conferences, attend lectures, and even hold parties.

One good thing about using Zoom is that you can use its built-in recorder to record the Zoom meeting so you can review the event for more details later. However, this recording feature is only available for the host and the participants granted permission. For those without permission, it’s impossible to record within Zoom. That said, if you have a third-party screen recorder, you can still record Zoom even without permission. In the next part, I will introduce a reliable screen recorder (no watermark) and show you how to record a Zoom meeting without host permission on Windows. Read on!

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WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro comes with a handy screen recorder that allows you to screen record Zoom meetings, Google Meet, streaming videos, gameplay, etc. in HD MP4, MOV, AVI, MKV (with sound). It has no watermark and no lag. After recording, it also lets you trim, crop, compress and convert the recording efficiently. Try it now.

How to Record Zoom Meeting without Permission on Windows?

As mentioned earlier, you’ll need an external screen recorder to record Zoom meeting without permission. Here I’d recommend WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, an all-in-one audio & video processing toolkit with a simple screen recorder. It can record Zoom meetings in high definition without lag. Meanwhile, it captures both the system sound and the microphone audio along with the recording. There is no watermark and no time limit. After you finished the recording, you can also use its video editor, video compressor and video converter to further customize the recording.

The whole recording process is pretty straightforward. Now, free download free download this software and see how to record Zoom meeting as a participant with it.

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Step 1. Open Screen Recorder

Run HD Video Converter Factory Pro. You will see five modules on the startup interface – Converter, Downloader, Recorder, GIF Maker and Toolbox. Enter the Recorder module.

Step 2. Select Zoom Meeting Window to Record

Click the left Custom mode and move your mouse over the Zoom window. It will auto-detect Zoom, and you can click to select the detected region. Alternatively, you can customize the area for Zoom recording manually. Then click OK and go to the next step.

Tips. Besides recording part of the screen, you can also maximize your Zoom window and use the second Full-Screen mode to record the whole desktop.

Step 3. Adjust Recording Settings and Record Zoom without Permission

Now, click the bottom-right triangle button to open the settings. Choose a recording format, quality, and frame rate based on your actual needs. Next, check the audio source you want to record, including the desktop system sound and the microphone. Don’t forget to set an output path for your recording in the “Output folder” box.

Finally, click the big red REC button to record Zoom meeting as attendee. When the meeting is over, press hotkey ‘Ctrl + F1’ to exit the recording. You can find your recorded video in the folder you just set.

More of HD Video Converter Factory Pro

• Record gameplay, streaming videos, meetings, etc. in high definition;

• Convert video to 500+ profiles for smooth playback on any device;

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FAQs about Zoom Meeting Recording

1. Can Zoom Detect Screen Recording?

Zoom will detect your recording if you use its built-in recorder. When you hit the Record button, it will notify other participants that you are recording the meeting now. And if you are a participant, you will receive a message 'Please ask the Host to give you permission to record’. However, if you are using a third-party recorder, Zoom won’t detect your screen recording.

2. Is It Legal to Record Zoom without Host Permission?

Whether is it legal to record Zoom meeting without permission depends on where you and other participants live. Different regions have different laws on screen recording without permission. It’s best to ask for permission first or inform the participants that you are going to record, though.

3. How to Record Zoom Meeting without Permission of Host on Android?

There are many excellent screen recorder apps available on Android platform, such as Mobizen, which can help your screen record Zoom in HD 1080p with simple steps. If your Android phone comes with built-in screen recorder, you can also make use of it to record a Zoom meeting without permission.

4. How to Record Zoom Meeting without Permission on iPhone?

iPhone has a native screen recorder that can record the activity on your screen easily. First, enable the iOS screen recording in your Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls > click add before Screen Recording > Back > turn on Access within Apps. Next, attend a Zoom meeting, roll up the menu from the bottom and click Record button. Hit the button again to stop recording.


That’s the whole guide on how to record Zoom meeting without permission on PC. The Zoom screen recorder introduced here can help you easily record a Zoom meeting without the host knowing, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. You can download the Zoom recorder to start your first recording now!

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