How to Record Yourself on Zoom with a Mac (2023)

You may not realize you can actually use Zoom to record a presentation or record yourself on Zoom. Check out this tip to learn how!

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In this time of virtual workspaces and the rise of Zoom, you may find yourself asking, "Can I record myself in Zoom?", "Can I record a Zoom meeting?", or "Can I make a video using Zoom?" The answer is yes, and it’s really quite simple! Read on to find out.

Related: Troubleshooting Zoom Issues: Video & Connection Problems

Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • Easily record your Zoom meetings on your Mac and save them to your computer.
  • You can record yourself giving a presentation or make your own video.

Recording on Zoom with a Mac

In order to use Zoom on your Mac, you need to create a Zoom account and log in. Once you’ve done that, we can start recording videos and saving them directly to your Mac.

  1. Open the Zoom app.

    Open Zoom app to record a video
  2. Start a meeting or join one that’s already happening.

    start a zoom meeting to record a video
  3. Tap the Record button at the bottom of the screen. Now you'll start recording (unless you need the host's permission to record, in which case you'll need to ask).

    record a video with zoom
  4. When you’d like to stop recording, you can press Pause to temporarily stop recording or Stop to end the recording permanently.

    stop or pause recording on zoom
  5. A notification will pop up alerting you that your file’s audio will be converted to mp4 once you end the meeting.

    zoom notification saved recording
  6. Click End.

    end zoom meeting
  7. Then, click End Meeting for All.

    end zoom meeting for all
  8. Once your meeting has ended, Zoom will automatically convert the file. 

    zoom automatically converts file
  9. Your recording will automatically pop up in your files.

    zoom automatically saves file

 *Important Note: If you are a paid subscriber to Zoom, either through your company, school, or personal subscription, you will also be given the option of saving your recording to the cloud. This can be very handy for saving lectures and meetings without taking up any space on your personal computer's hardrive! 

And that’s all there is to it! Zoom is a great app for video calls, whether you're working or just hanging with friends or loved ones at a distance. For more cool tips about video calls, or how to use your Mac computer, be sure to sign up for our Tip of the Day!

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Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life, a published poet, and a longtime Apple enthusiast. Before graduating in the spring of 2021 with her Master’s degree in Literature, specializing in early 20th-century American and British Modernism, she was a college writing tutor and University English professor. Her latest piece, "Temporizing: Self Portrait" can be found in the Winter '21 edition of New Note Poetry. Although an enthusiastic traveler, you can most often find Rachel curled up under a blanket with a glass of red wine, reading a book with her cat Blue in Charlotte, North Carolina.