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Zoom Cloud Recordings - Retention and Archives

Effective July 1, 2021, all Zoom Cloud recordings will be retained for 180 calendar days (6 months).  Automated daily processes will delete recordings older than 180 days.  Deleted recordings will remain available within your Zoom account “trash” folder for an additional 30 days, after which they will be permanently removed.  Here’s a summary of next steps:

  • On July 1, 2021 all Zoom Cloud recordings prior to January 2, 2021 will be automatically deleted. 
  • From July 2, 2021 forward, an automated daily process will delete all Zoom Recordings older than 180 days.
  • When a Zoom Cloud recording is deleted, it will be placed in the Zoom account holders “Trash” folder.  Recordings in the Zoom Trash can be recovered for 30 days. After 30 days in the Zoom Trash, the recordings are permanently deleted. 

If you do not need to save any of your old Zoom recordings, no action is needed on your part – the recordings older than 180 days will be purged starting on July 1 per the model outlined above. 

If you want to save a recording, first please review the following data protection considerations:

  • Live class recordings are not re-usable if the recording contains student’s names, images, or conversations (FERPA) and must not be shared with any third-party audience (those not registered or associated with the course-section).  Therefore, live class recordings should not be re-used for a new offering of the same course or retained past the retention date.
  • Pre-recorded lectures made in advance of a class session may be re-used but will need to be moved to a more permanent storage location.
  • Other recordings for meetings, etc. should only be archived if there are data retention needs based on the meeting content.

If you determine that there are Zoom recordings that you want to archive, please review our documentation to Manage and Archive Zoom Cloud Recordings.

For questions or additional assistance, please contact our Learning Technology Center.


Last Updated 5/5/21