Record on Zoom for Free - A step-by-step guide (with video)

Zoom has been quite a savior for people working from home. The transition from office to setting up your makeshift workspace at home was not easy. On top of that, communication between teams was a huge challenge. Had it not been for Zoom, communication would have been in a total disarray.

However, too much of everything is not good. While Zoom provided a respite for companies, too many meetings eat up on the productivity of employees. It’s also difficult to focus on one meeting and remember all the details. 

One of the best solutions to this problem is recording meetings. The host can do that using Zoom, but for the participants there is no choice within the Zoom app. Well, there is a way out now - Vmaker

Watch this video & follow the steps to start recording Zoom meeting 

Prefer reading? Here’s an index to help you with that 

Content Est.time of reading
What makes Vmaker better than others? 30 seconds
How to record on Zoom with Vmaker 30 seconds
How to record Zoom meetings on Mac using Vmaker 2 minutes
How to record Zoom meetings using Vmaker Chrome plug-in 1.5 minutes
How to use the Schedule feature in Vmaker 30 seconds
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What makes Vmaker better than others to record Zoom?

This time we will save you from the long build-up, and get to the point directly.

Unlimited number of recording

You don’t have to pay to record Zoom meetings. Make an unlimited number of videos, download unlimited videos for free. No questions asked.

No host permission

With Vmaker's Screen Recorder, you can records your Zoom meeting discreetly. So, the host of the meeting and the other participants will not know that you’re recording the session.

Automatic recording

If you cannot record the Zoom meeting yourself, you can schedule it. Once that’s done, the recording will start automatically without your presence.

Organized recording

To avoid getting confused about your recorded Zoom meetings, you can have separate folders for specific recordings. You can also share the folder with others for them to view the video

How to record on Zoom with Vmaker?

Alright, we have come to the part where we share the steps that you should follow to start recording Zoom meetings without permission.

Vmaker screen recorder for recording Zoom

Before we get to that, there are two ways you can record on Zoom using Vmaker. 

First, let’s see how you can record Zoom meetings on Mac using the Vmaker app.

Note: If you have a Windows operating system, or want to record Zoom meetings without downloading the app, then scroll down to the next section where we explain the steps to recording Zoom meetings using Vmaker Chrome extension.

How to record Zoom on Mac

  1. Head over to the Vmaker website
  2. Click on the Sign-up now button
  3. Enter your username, email address and password. You can also sign up with your Google and Facebook account 
  4. After you click on the Sign-up button, you will see a dashboard pop-up. Download the Vmaker for Mac app
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation

After you have downloaded the Vmaker app for your Mac computer, you can start to record your on Zoom. If you’re not able to locate the Vmaker app, simply search for it in your Finder. It will spot the application.

Step 1: Join the Zoom meeting

Join the Zoom meeting that you want to record

You know the drill. There’s nothing to add here. Just add the meeting link and name, and join the Zoom meeting.

Step 2: Open the Vmaker app and select Screen recording

Open the Vmaker app and select Screen recording

After you open the Vmaker app, select the Screen option for recording. In this mode, Vmaker will only record whatever is going on in the Zoom meeting. If you want to record your face too, then you can choose the Screen + Webcam option.

Step 3:(Optional) Enable internal audio

Enable internal audio

If you want to record the audio of the Zoom meeting, then you have to enable internal audio. To do that, select Preferences from the dropdown menu. From there, select the Use system audio option. Now, Vmaker will record the voices of all the participants in the recording.

Step 4: Click on the Start Recording button

Click on the Start Recording button

When you click on the button, Vmaker will start recording at the count of three. After this, you don’t have to follow any steps. Vmaker will continue recording unless you ask it to stop.

Step 5: Stop recording

Stop recording

At the top of the browser toolbar, you will see the Vmaker icon along with the recording counter. Click on it, and the Zoom meeting recording will stop immediately. You will see a Vmaker tab open up which will show you the status of the video getting uploaded. After the video has been uploaded to your workspace, you will get a notification.

And, you’re set. Your recording of the Zoom meeting is ready.

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How to record Zoom using a Chrome extension

As promised, here are the steps that you need to follow to record on Zoom using the Vmaker Chrome extension. This is a great choice for Windows users. Also, if you don’t want to download the Zoom app, then you can still record Zoom meetings using the Chrome extension.

Here are the steps for adding the Vmaker Chrome extension to your Chrome browser:

  1. Head out to the Google Chrome Web Store
  2. Search for Vmaker in the search bar
  3. Click on the Add to Chrome button
  4. Open your Google Chrome browser, and from the extension drop-down, pin the Vmaker extension
  5. Click on the Vmaker logo after it’s pinned
  6. Sign up with your email address and start recording videos

After you have added the Vmaker Chrome browser extension, follow these steps:

Step 1: Join the Zoom meeting

Join the Zoom meeting

Step 2: Open the Vmaker Chrome Extension

Open the Vmaker Chrome Extension to record your zoom meeting for free

You might be prompted to log-in for the first time. So, just fill in your email address and password. Once you sign-in you will see the above screen

Step 3: Choose screen recording mode

Choose screen recording mode to record your Zoom meeting for free

Step 4: Select the type of recording 

Select the type of Zoom recording based on how you want the video to come out

Select the type of recording you want for your Zoom meeting. If you choose Full-screen recording, Vmaker will record everything open in the browser window. So, if you switch between tabs, Vmaker will record the content of other tabs too. If you only want to record the Zoom meeting, then go for the Current tab recording.

Step 5 (optional):  Enable include tab audio

Enable include tab audio to record the audio of others speaking on your Zoom meeting

If you want to record the audio of the meeting, then enable the Include tab audio from the Preferences section of the Chrome extension.

Step 6: Click on Start Recording 

Click on Start Recording to start recording your Zoom meeting

How to schedule your Zoom meeting recording using Vmaker

As mentioned earlier, you can also schedule your Zoom meeting recordings. This way, your recording will begin automatically without your presence. 

Schedule your Zoom meeting using Vmaker to get reminded to record your Zoom meeting and start recording in one click

Here’s what you have to do — 

Select the Schedule option after you open the Vmaker app.

Vmaker Zoom recording scheduler

You will see a window pop-up where you can set the title of your video, along with the date and time of the Zoom meeting. 

Make sure that you click on the checkbox to get notified. This you will know that the Zoom meeting is about to start. Also, remember to keep the app open in your laptop to begin recording automatically

Video: How to record Zoom meeting with subtitle (without host permission)

Final words

So that was it. An easy guide to recording your Zoom meeting with Vmaker. You don’t need to spend extra dollars on this because you can record for free. If you want to know more about the power of Vmaker head over to the features page.

If you liked what you just read, you can sign up for Vmaker here. There’s no trial plan, you can use it for free, for the lifetime. 

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