Want to record a Zoom meeting? What if you don’t have the host’s permission? Don't worry. This article explores and shares five effective ways to record a Zoom meeting, even if you don’t have permission from the host. Read on to learn more.

Michelle Michelle | Updated on Jan 5, 2024

Zoom offers a built-in screen recorder that allows users to record meetings for later viewing. However, only hosts and authorized participants can access this feature. If you want to record a Zoom meeting as a participant without the host's permission, you'll need to use a third-party screen recorder. Below I’ll introduce five ways to help you record Zoom without permission, no matter what operating system you’re using. Without further ado, let’s get started!

Also read: Record Online Meeting | Record Screen Secretly

How to Record Zoom Meeting without Permission on PC?

WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro provides an efficient screen recorder that can help you record anything on your computer screen. Windows users can rely on it to record a Zoom meeting even without the host’s permission. It has no watermark and no recording time limit. Just download download the software and follow these steps:

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Step 1. Run the software and enter the Recorder module.

Step 2. Click the Custom mode and select the Zoom window. Or you can use the Full-screen mode to capture the entire desktop.

Step 3. Choose the recording format, quality, frame rate, and GPU acceleration based on your needs. Next, check the audio source you want to record. Don’t forget to set the output path for your recording in the “Output folder” below.

Step 4. Finally, click the REC button to start recording. When the meeting is over, press hotkey ‘Ctrl + F1’ to stop the recording. You can find your recorded video in the folder you just set.

Record Zoom Meeting without Permission on PC

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How to Record Zoom Meeting without Permission on Mac?

Apple QuickTime Player has a built-in screen recording tool that can record activities on your MacBook. With it, you can also secretly record Zoom meetings as a participant. The specific method is as follows:

Step 1. Open the QuickTime Player app on your Mac.

Step 2. Select File > New Screen Recording.

Step 3. Click Options. Then choose your microphone if you want to record your voice. You can also specify where you want to save the recordings to.

Step 4. Choose Record Entire Screen or Record Selected Portion.

Step 5. Click Record to start recording. A recording icon will appear on the top menu bar.

Step 6. Click the recording icon or press Command + Control + ESC to stop recording.

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How to Record Zoom Meeting without Permission Online?

If you don't want to download software, an online screen recorder such as Loom will come in handy. This web-based screen recording utility can work directly on your Chrome browser and start recording in just a few clicks. Follow these steps:

Step 1. Add Loom Chrome Extension to your Chrome browser.

Tip: It also support Edge, Opera and Brave.

Step 2. Pin Loom to the extension bar.

Step 3. Click the Loom icon and select the recording source, camera and audio according to your needs.

Step 4. Click "Start Recording" and join a Zoom meeting.

Step 5. Click on the Stop button to end the recording.

Step 6. Now, you can edit the recorded file and then share it with others.

Note: You can't download the recorded file unless you have a Business plan or above.

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How to Record Zoom Meeting without Permission on iPhone?

The native iOS screen recorder on iPhone lets you capture everything on your screen, including Zoom meetings. You just need to enable the screen recording feature on your iPhone first. Follow the steps below to learn how.

Step 1. Open Settings on your iPhone, navigate to Control Center > More Controls, and tap the + icon before Screen Recording. Screen recording functionality will now appear in Included Controls.

Step 2. Join the Zoom meeting.

Step 3. Swipe down the menu from the top and tap the record button to start recording.

Step 4. Tap the record icon to stop recording.

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How to Record Zoom Meeting without Permission on Android?

Depending on the manufacturer, not all Android phones ship with a screen recording tool. In this case, it's better to use an external screen recorder app such as Mobizen, which can help you record a Zoom meeting with simple steps. Below, I will show you how to use Mobizen to record a Zoom meeting as an attendee.

Step 1. Open your Play store and search Mobizen Screen Recorder, then download the app.

Step 2. Open the Mobizen app.

Step 3. Join the Zoom session now. Then tap the AirCircle and select the Record icon to start recording.

Step 4. Tap the AirCircle and select the Stop icon to stop recording.

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1. Can I record a Zoom meeting without the host knowing?

You can secretly record Zoom meetings using a third-party screen recorder such as WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, QuickTime Player, Loom, Mobizen, etc.

2. Can Zoom detect screen recording?

If you use the built-in screen recorder, Zoom will detect your recording. When you click the 'Record' button, it notifies other participants that you are recording the meeting. If you are a participant, you will receive a message "Please ask the host to grant you recording permission." However, if you use a third-party recorder, Zoom will not detect your screen recording and will not notify others.

3. Is it legal to record Zoom without the host's permission?

Whether it's legal to record a Zoom meeting without permission depends on where you and the other participants live. Different regions have different laws regarding unauthorized screen recording. However, it is a good idea to ask for permission or inform participants that you will be recording.

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