How to record without the host in Zoom

You may choose to have an alternate participant start a recording if you use join before host to allow your participants to join the meeting before or without the host.

Prerequisites for recording without the host

  • Record automatically in the cloud

Local Recording without the Host

Local Recordings can only be initiated by the host by default. It is the host’s responsibility to make sure that another participant is permitted to record the meeting during the meeting, if that participant wishes to record.

In order for the host to be able to get recording permission from the other participant, or for the host to be able to set up the participant as an alternative host, the host must join the meeting. It will automatically join as an alternative host and start the recording for you if someone who has scheduling privileges for you has joined as an alternative.

Cloud Recording without the Host

For accounts enabled for Cloud Recording, you can follow the steps below to record a meeting without the host’s presence: If Cloud Recording is enabled for your account, you can record a meeting as follows:

  1. Make sure the meeting is automatically recorded on the cloud
  2. during the meeting scheduling process by selecting the option Enable Join before Host during meeting scheduling

The recording will begin automatically when the first participant joins the meeting without the host allowing them to see the meeting in the recording. It is possible to access the recordings saved by the host on his/her My Recordings page.


This article answers:

  • Does the host have to be present when a meeting is recorded?