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ONLY audio recording - no video needed


Is there a way to turn off video recording and only record audio for a meeting? I know I could do both and just delete the video recording, but I don't want the meeting to record video in the first place. Thanks!


Community Champion | Zoom Employee
Community Champion | Zoom Employee

That is only possible with cloud recordings. Just disable all the video layout options, while keeping Record an audio only file enabled. 

Local recordings will always create a video and audio file. There is currently no way to disable one or the other for local recordings. 


Hope that helps and please make sure to mark the solution as accepted if this information is what you needed.

Thanks! Where can I find the video layout options settings?

Community Champion | Zoom Employee
Community Champion | Zoom Employee

Those settings are available in the web portal. 

  1. Log in to your account at
  2. Click the Settings option on the left side. 
  3. Select the Recording tab. 
  4. The first 3 options under Cloud recording are about the possible video layouts you can record. 

More info about cloud recording settings can be found here:

I just tested this out and the "record an audio only file" option does not turn off video recording. It creates another file that is audio-only, in ADDITION to the video file. 

I wish there were a way to tell it not to save video files. That would save a ton of space and we only need to keep the audio. 


This feature is very important to have. In many US states, it is illegal to video record without express written permission from every participant, and the audio recording is only needed. Zoom needs to catch up with Privacy laws and rights and allow users more control over the types of recordings.


This Feature is very useful. I had some meetings with Dr Pen Microneedling and I needed to record but not the video. Zoom should add more recording features in order to protect users' privacy.