Are you struggling to locate your saved Zoom recordings? Look no further! In this article, we’ll not only show you the process of recording a Zoom meeting on your computer or in the cloud but also provide step-by-step instructions on finding your recordings. Additionally, we’ll delve into various methods for sharing Zoom recordings and offer troubleshooting tips to address the most common recording issues.

We’ll discuss:

  • How do I Record A Zoom Meeting?
  • How do I Locate My Cloud and Local Zoom Recordings?
  • How Do I Customize the File Path for Local Recordings?
  • How Do I Share My Zoom Recordings?

How Do I Record A Zoom Meeting?

Recording a Zoom meeting is incredibly easy. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Once you’re in the meeting, press the Record button at the bottom of the Zoom meeting window.
  2. If cloud recording is enabled, you’ll be prompted to choose between recording on your computer or on the cloud.
  3. If the recording has already started, a red dot with the word ‘Recording’ on the upper left corner of the window will appear.
  4. To pause the recording, click the pause button.
  5. To resume the recording, click the start button.
  6. To stop the recording, click the stop button.

How Do I Locate My Cloud and Local Zoom Recordings?

You can easily find your Zoom recordings through the cloud or your computer.

How to Find Your Zoom Cloud Recordings

For users with a paid Zoom Cloud subscription (Pro, Business, or Enterprise plan), accessing your cloud recordings is convenient and storage-efficient. You can directly access your recordings from your account without having to save them on your local device. There are two ways to do this:

Option 1: Email link

Once your recording is saved on the cloud, Zoom will send you an email with a link to the recording. To access the file, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to your email and find the email from Zoom.
  2. Click on the link in the email to view the recording.

Option 2: Zoom web portal

You can also access your cloud recordings directly from the Zoom web portal. Here’s how:

  1. Go to and click on ‘Sign In’.
  2. Click on ‘Recordings’ on the left side of the screen to view your recordings under the ‘Cloud Recordings’ tab.

Note: Cloud recordings are available only to paid subscribers. If you have a free subscription, continue reading to learn how to find recordings on your computer.

How to Find Your Local Zoom Recordings from Your Mac or Windows Computer

If you don’t have a paid Zoom cloud subscription, you can still access your local recordings on your Mac or Windows computer. Zoom automatically saves recordings in .mp4 format and stores them in a specific location on your device, typically in the ‘Documents’ folder. To locate your local recordings using the Zoom desktop client, follow these steps:

  1. Install the latest version of the Zoom Desktop Client.
  2. Open the application and sign in to your Zoom account.
  3. Click on ‘Meetings’ at the top, then select the ‘Recorded’ tab.
  4. The ‘File location’ will show you where the recording is saved on your computer.
  5. Click ‘Open’ to be redirected to the folder containing your local recordings.

How Do I Find The Zoom Recording As A Guest?

As a guest in a Zoom meeting, your access to cloud and local recordings is dependent on the host. You won’t have direct access to the recordings unless the host explicitly shares them with you. The host, being the meeting administrator, holds the necessary permissions to access and distribute the recordings, granting access to participants if needed. 

Therefore, to obtain the recordings, it’s essential to communicate with the host and request them to share the desired recordings with you after the meeting has concluded. The host can share the cloud recording with you through a link sent via email or through a cloud storage service like Google Drive, YouTube or similar platforms if it is a local recording.

How to Change the File Path for Recordings in Your Computer

If you prefer more control over where your Zoom recordings are saved on your computer, you can customize the file path. Follow these simple steps to change the default file path for your local recordings:

  1. Sign in to the Zoom Desktop Client.
  2. Click on the settings icon in the upper right corner, then select ‘Recording’ from the left panel.
  3. Click on the section in red to change the file path.
  1. Select ‘Choose a new location’ and navigate to your desired folder.

Note: File paths are never permanent, so you can change the file path whenever you wish.


How Do I Share My Zoom Recordings?

Now that you know how to locate your Zoom recordings, let's discuss how to share them with your teammates. Zoom provides convenient methods to collaborate and distribute your cloud and local recordings:

How to Share Your Cloud Recording

  1. Go to and click ‘Sign In’.
  2. Click ‘Recordings’ on the left-hand side of the screen to view your recordings.
  3. Locate the recording and click ‘Share’ to generate a link you can share with others.
  4. Alternatively, you can use the link you receive in your email to share your cloud recording.

How to Share Your Local Recording

  1. Locate the recording on your computer (follow the steps mentioned earlier for finding local recordings).
  2. Upload the file to cloud storage services like Google Drive, YouTube, Dropbox, or similar platforms.
  3. Share the recording on social media platforms or embed it in websites or presentations.

How Do I Find My Missing Local Zoom Recordings?

Multiple factors may contribute as to why you are unable to locate your Zoom recordings. Take into account the following possibilities:

Reason 1: Check the local recording file location 

To confirm the local recording file location, make sure the meeting wasn’t recorded on your local device instead of the cloud. When you record a meeting locally, Zoom creates a folder on your device based on your Zoom desktop client's configuration. If the recording isn’t found in the default path, follow these steps to locate it:

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal.
  2. Navigate to ‘Recordings’ and click the ‘Local Recordings’ tab.
  3. Find the meeting or webinar ID and verify the precise location of the local recording files listed under ‘Location’.

Reason 2: The recording has not finished processing

After a meeting ends and you choose to record it, the recording may not be immediately available. Zoom requires some time to process the recording for playback and storage. Patience is essential, especially for longer recordings or during high demand on the Zoom servers. If you can’t find your recording, wait a few hours and check again.

Reason 3: You have no access to the cloud recordings

Cloud recordings are available only to hosts. If you aren’t the meeting host, you won’t be able to access the recording. However, you can ask the host to share it with you.

How Do I Find Zoom Recordings on My Mobile Phone?

Finding your recordings through the Zoom mobile app is an easy process. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to your Zoom account on your mobile device.
  2. Select ‘Recordings’ from the left side of the screen.
  3. If you don’t find your recording under ‘Cloud Recordings’, check under ‘Local Recordings’.

Can I Retrieve My Unrecorded Zoom Meetings?

If you find that a Zoom meeting wasn’t recorded, you might worry about losing important information. However, there’s a valuable solution: Tactiq! This powerful tool offers real-time transcription, capturing every spoken word during the meeting and converting it into written text. To start using Tactiq on your computer, simply follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Chrome Web Store.
  2. Click ‘Add to Chrome’ on the right-hand side of the page then ‘Add Extension’.
  3. Open Google Meet and you’ll find the Tactiq widget on the right-hand side of the screen.

By utilizing Tactiq as a browser extension, you can efficiently capture, organize, and share meeting transcriptions not only during Zoom sessions but also during Google Meet and other popular online meeting platforms. Never miss essential details again and keep a reliable record of your virtual meetings with Tactiq’s real-time transcription feature.

If you want to know how to transcribe your Zoom recordings easily, check out our guide here: How to Transcribe Zoom Recordings or learn how to take screenshots of a Zoom meeting with Tactiq, check out our guide here: How to Take Screenshots on a Zoom Meeting.

Locating, Sharing and Troubleshooting Zoom Recordings Made Easy

In this comprehensive guide, we’ve covered everything you need to know about finding Zoom recordings. Whether you’re looking for cloud recordings or locally saved files, we’ve provided step-by-step instructions for both scenarios. 

Additionally, we explored various methods for sharing your Zoom recordings with teammates and discussed troubleshooting tips for common recording issues. Now, you have all the tools and knowledge to make the most of your Zoom recordings, enhance collaboration, and maintain accurate records. 

If you want to explore further, don’t forget to check out our additional guides on our blog about Zoom meetings. 

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