Zoom chats: now auto-saving

A student uses Zoom on a laptop.

Published May 1, 2023

Next time you have a Zoom meeting, you’ll notice the meeting chats will automatically save. If you’d prefer not to save your chat history, there’s an option to turn this feature off.


Canfield photo.

Michael Canfield joined UB in January 2023 as an IT Communications Specialist for UBIT. A former newspaper reporter with a background in higher ed communication, Michael is also a volunteer firefighter. When he’s not writing or learning about all things UBIT, Michael likes to spend time with his wife and two English bulldogs, Franky and Grace. He’s also an avid student of the Battle of Gettysburg and a (sometimes) hockey writer.

Some important things to note:

  • When a Zoom chat is saved automatically, it is saved to the host’s computer (or the computer from which the host joins the meeting).
  • The saved chat includes messages sent to everyone, as well as messages sent privately to the host.
  • Participants in a meeting can save chat by default. However, a host can disable this setting. Chat saved by a participant includes messages sent to everyone in the meeting and messages sent privately to that participant.  
  • Chat saved along with a Zoom cloud recording only includes messages sent to everyone; it does not include any private chats. 

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