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Zoom is enjoying a massive surge in popularity due to the increased remote workflows caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, we’ve seen an uptick in questions we receive regarding the conferencing client. One of the most frequently asked questions we get is, where are the recordings of Zoom meetings stored locally on a computer?

To see our past guides on the Zoom API, please refer to our articles on embedding Zoom video on a web server and creating a meeting with the Zoom API.

What is Zoom?

Zoom Video Communications is a remote conferencing service based out of San Jose, California. Quickly vaulting itself to the forefront of its sector, Zoom has become one of the most popular clients for online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration. Despite some security concerns that have presented themselves as of recently, Zoom has thrived due to its reliability and ease of use when compared to similar software. Zoom also enjoys a simple and easy to navigate UI that makes it a very good choice for meetings with more than a handful of attendees.

Zoom is enjoying a massive spike in popularity at the moment, due in no small part to the shelter in place guidelines we all find ourselves in at the moment. It has become the most used conferencing client in schools around the world, as teachers and educators lead classes entirely online. 

Due to the increase in remote learning and conferencing that has occurred since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we find that the most frequently asked question about Zoom recordings is where the files are stored once the meeting ends.

Locating Your Locally Stored Zoom Recording

Local recording is available to both free and paid users of Zoom. Local recording allows a user to save either the video or audio recordings of a meeting for revisiting later. These files can be kept locally or uploaded to a cloud storage service such as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, and more. Keep in mind that recording meetings is only supported on desktop, and is not available yet on iOS or Android.

By default, on macOS, Windows, and Linux, Zoom recordings are stored within a folder named Zoom inside of your computer’s Documents folder. Recordings will be inside of individual folders within this parent folder and will be labeled by a timestamp, followed by the meeting name. The exact locations are:

  • Windows: C:\Users\[Username]\Documents\Zoom
  • Mac: /Users/[Username]/Documents/Zoom
  • Linux: home/[Username]/Documents/Zoom

MP4 is the default encoding for Zoom video files, and the file will be named zoom_0.mp4.

If you locate your Zoom recordings folder and find a file named double_click_to_convert_01.zoom, you have not successfully converted your video file from within the Zoom client. To retrieve your video file, simply double-click on the file, and Zoom will open and continue encoding. Once finished, your file can be found as normal.

For more information, please consult the official Zoom Help Center.

Stay Safe!

That’s it for this edition of the Quarantine Chronicles, and we look forward to bringing you more tips and guides to make your shelter in place as stress-free and accommodating as possible. We may all be social distancing, but in these trying times, we hope to try to bring people together as best we can. We might make Unified APIs, but we’re all about unifying people as well.

We hope you and everyone you care about are safe and well, and we wish you the best going forward. To reach out with any ideas for topics on future editions of the Quarantine Chronicles, please contact us at hello@kloudless.com


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