How to Record a Zoom Meeting Without Permission

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There are many reasons why someone would want to record a Zoom meeting without anyone knowing. In this guide, we’ll cover multiple ways to do it, so read on to find out how to record a Zoom meeting as a participant without permission.

Quick summary

  1. Recording on iPhones and iPads: iOS built-in screen recorder

  2. Recording on Android devices: AZ Screen Recorder

Our special pick for recording Zoom calls is Movavi Screen Recorder. With this program, you can easily capture any screen activities, including Zoom meetings. The app allows you to screen record even without being the host of the meeting, and draw while recording. Movavi Screen Recorder allows you to schedule your recordings, so you can record even without attending the entire meeting.


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Can you record a Zoom meeting as a participant without host permission?

Can you record a Zoom meeting if you are not the host? No, you can’t – at least, not using Zoom’s own screen-recording function, which you can only use freely if you’re the meeting host. If you want to record as a participant, you’ll need to request permission from the host. Once the host grants permission, the screen-recording feature will be enabled for you, and you can start recording. Regardless of whether you are the host or the participant, Zoom will notify all attendees in the Zoom call when you start or stop recording.

Below we compare the Zoom built-in feature and Movavi Screen Recorder from the point of view of a Zoom meeting participant:

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Take a look at our detailed guide below to learn how to record Zoom meetings without permission for free using the Movavi software.

How to record a Zoom meeting without permission on a PC or Mac

By using Zoom's built-in recording tool, you not only notify everyone that you’re recording, but you also agree to let Zoom store your recordings. If you’re not keen on this arrangement, you can use a third-party app. This is how to record a Zoom meeting without host permission with Movavi Screen Recorder.

Movavi Screen Recorder is a powerful screen-recording tool that lets you easily record any part of your desktop – including Zoom calls. It also allows you to record a Zoom meeting when you are not the host. You can use it to capture audio from both the speakers and the microphone. You can also schedule your recordings, which is useful if you’re attending online Zoom classes.

Follow the steps below to learn how to record a Zoom meeting without permission on your laptop, on a Mac, and on a PC.

Step 1. Download Movavi Screen Recorder

First, download the installation file and install the screen-recording software on your computer. Then, launch the program.

Step 2. Set your recording preferences

Click the Screen recording button and select your capture area. You can record your entire desktop screen or just a portion of it. Once the capture area is set, configure other settings, such as a microphone (if you plan on using your voice while recording) and webcam source.

Step 3. Screen-record your call

Hit the REC icon to record a live Zoom session as an attendee. If needed, you can hit Pause. Simply press the Stop button to finish recording. Now you know how to record Zoom meetings without permission on a Windows 10 PC and Mac!

How to record a Zoom meeting without permission on an iPhone or iPad

Is there a way to capture someone else's Zoom meeting on your iPhone? Sure! Zoom is also available for iOS, which means you can also record calls on your iPad or iPhone. Fortunately, all iOS devices have a built-in screen recording feature. 

This is a straightforward function that lets you record the entire screen of your device. Since it is only a built-in tool, you won’t get the additional features that typically come with screen-recording software, such as the ability to annotate or edit video clips. 

Here’s how to record a Zoom meeting on an iPhone or iPad without the consent of the host.

Step 1. Join the Zoom meeting

First, make sure you are connected to the Zoom call on your iOS device. If you are the host, open the Zoom app and create the meeting room. If you are joining an existing call, just check that you’re logged in and ready to go.

Step 2. Enable iOS screen recording

Next, you need to enable the iOS screen-recording function. Go to Settings > Control Center and tap on the + icon next to Screen Recording. You will see a gray Record icon show up. Click it to start a countdown.

Step 3. Record your Zoom meeting without permission with audio

The countdown gives you time to set up what appears on your screen. Exit the Control Center and pull up the Zoom meeting. When the countdown is finished, the app will automatically record your device’s entire screen. To stop, simply click the red status bar found on top of the screen. The video will be saved on your device.

How to record a Zoom meeting without host permission on Android

Wondering, “how can I record a Zoom call on Android?” Not all Android devices have inbuilt recording tools, it depends on the manufacturer. For instance, Samsung devices have a screen recorder, while some other Android devices don’t. If your Android phone does not offer a built-in recording function, you can download a third-party screen recorder.

In our guide on how to record a Zoom meeting without permission on Android, we will focus on AZ Screen Recorder. It’s a free and high-quality screen-recording app with no time limit, no watermark, and no root required.

Follow these steps to learn how to record a Zoom meeting without permission on a phone running Android OS.

Step 1. Download the app

First, you need to download AZ Screen Recorder. After the download is complete, launch the tool on your Android device.

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Step 2. Configure your screen-recording settings

The app’s navigation panel will appear over whatever app you have opened on your device (in this case, Zoom). If you want to adjust your settings before recording a Zoom call, click the Gear icon to set your preferences. You can adjust different options, like frame rate, resolution, and recording Zoom audio. 

Currently, the app is only capable of capturing internal audio from an Android device, so it is possible to record a Zoom meeting with audio without host permission, but the mic audio won’t be in the recording.

Step 3. Start recording your video call

Tap the Record button to start recording without alerting Zoom participants. When you’re done, hit the Stop button. The video will be saved somewhere in your device’s gallery.

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Is it legal to record a Zoom meeting without permission?

So, is it legal to record a Zoom meeting without permission? The answer is yes and no, depending on the country or region you are in. Generally, most countries require some kind of consent before recording any type of conversation online or through the phone. However, if all parties involved agree to the recording, then it can be done legally. In any case, it is always best practice to ask for permission before attempting to record a meeting.


There may be times when you find yourself unable to request permission from your host to use a built-in recording function. Perhaps it's a webinar that requires all attendees to mute. Alternatively, you might not be comfortable with Zoom's privacy policies. 

If you find yourself in any of these scenarios, it's understandable to get the urge to record meetings without permission.

The best method to learn how to record Zoom lectures without permission is through a third-party screen recorder. Our special pick is Movavi Screen Recorder, as it's a powerful yet user-friendly tool for making high-quality recordings.

However, before recording any calls, make sure you know the laws and regulations of your country regarding such activities. To avoid any trouble, always make an effort to request permission beforehand.

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