How to Transcribe Zoom Meetings: A Step-by-Step Guide
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How to Transcribe Zoom Meetings: A Step-by-Step Guide

Ayush Kudesia
Ayush Kudesia

Zoom transcription helps you convert the audio of a Zoom meeting into text. It can be a lifesaver for busy professionals looking for ways to review meetings in minutes, share notes with colleagues, or maintain a record of their conversations.

But how do you transcribe Zoom meetings? This blog will tell you exactly that and then compare how Zoom’s native transcription compares to third-party transcription software.

So, let's dive in and ensure you never miss a beat in your online meetings!

How to transcribe Zoom meetings

There are two ways to transcribe your Zoom meetings:

  • Use Zoom Native transcription
  • Automated meeting tools

Use Zoom Native transcription

Zoom’s native or in-built transcription feature lets you download a text transcript of all audio captions and chats of a Zoom meeting.

It is only available on the Pro, Business, Education, or Enterprise tiers and not on the free plan. You also require account owner or admin privileges to access this feature.

Here’s how to enable Zoom Native transcription:

Step 1: Make sure you’ve enabled cloud recording.

  • Sign in to your Zoom admin account.
  • Go to Account Settings, and click on the Recording tab.
  • Enable Cloud Recording and save the settings.
Zoom trascription - Cloud recording
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  • Check the Create audio transcript box in advanced cloud recording settings and hit Save to confirm.​​
Zoom transcription - Check create audio transcript

Note: You can only transcribe meetings saved on the Zoom cloud. Zoom cannot transcribe recorded sessions saved on your device.

Step 2: Download your meeting transcript

  • Go to Recordings from the navigation menu of your Zoom account.
Zoom transcription - Recordings
  • You’ll see a list of your recorded meetings saved on the cloud.
Zoom transcription - Cloud recordings
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  • Click on the meeting you want Zoom to transcribe.
  • The cloud recording includes video, audio recordings, and Close Captions, which are your meeting’s transcript.
Zoom transcription - Download closed captions
  • Click on the download button to download your transcript in the VTT format.

That’s it. Your Zoom meeting transcript will be downloaded and saved on your device.

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Automated meeting tools

Zoom’s native transcription is great if you want to create a basic transcript of your meetings. It only gives you the transcript, timestamps, and speaker labels.

Automated meeting tools can enhance your Zoom transcriptions and offer many additional features. One such tool is Fireflies, an AI Notetaker that integrates with Zoom and other video conferencing platforms and provides you with rich and accurate transcripts of your meetings.

That’s not it. Fireflies highlights the key points and generates action items from the conversation. You can also easily edit, share, and search your transcripts to review your meetings in minutes.

Fireflies can transcribe your Zoom meetings in two ways:

  • Inviting the Fireflies AI Notetaker bot to your meetings
  • Zoom Native Integration With Fireflies

a. Inviting the Fireflies AI notetaker bot to your meetings

Step 1: Create a Fireflies account with your Google or Outlook account if you are a new user. Login if you’re an existing user.

Zoom transcription - Create a Fireflies account

Step 2: Customize Your current meeting settings to decide which Zoom meetings Fireflies should automatically join. Here’s a detailed guide on how to invite Fireflies to your meetings.

Zoom transcription - Your current meeting settings

That’s it. Fireflies is now ready to join, record, transcribe, summarize, and analyze your Zoom meetings.

You can also add Fireflies to manually join a live meeting in the Add to live meeting section on the homepage.

Zoom transcription - Add to live meeting

Once you click on Add now, enter the following details:

Zoom transcription - Invite Fireflies to live meeting

Add the Zoom meeting link, select the meeting language, and Fireflies will join the meeting within three minutes to record it.

b. Using Zoom Native Integration with Fireflies

Fireflies’ Zoom Native integration automatically transcribes and saves your Zoom meeting transcripts on your Fireflies Notebook as soon as it ends.

Here’s how you can enable it:

Step 1: Log in to your Fireflies account and open Integrations from the navigation menu.

Zoom transcription - Fireflies Integrations

Step 2: Search for Zoom, and click on Zoom Native.

Zoom transcription - Fireflies Zoom Native integration

Step 3: Click on the Connect button.

Zoom transcription - Connect Zoom Native integration

Step 4: Enter your Zoom account credentials to integrate Fireflies.

Zoom transcription - Zoom Native integration complete

That’s it. Your Zoom Native integration with Fireflies is complete, and all your cloud-recorded meetings will now be transcribed automatically.

You can view, edit, and share your meeting transcripts from the Fireflies Notebook.

Zoom Native integration slightly differs from the standard recording of meetings using the Fireflies bot. The Fireflies bot works on all popular video conferencing platforms, while the native integration works only on Zoom.

With this integration, you can automatically transcribe your Zoom cloud-recorded meetings, eliminating the need to invite Fireflies to your meetings.

To learn more, you can check out our Zoom Native integration guide.

Zoom transcription vs. Fireflies: head-to-head comparison

Zoom transcription and Fireflies are two different ways to transcribe your Zoom meetings, but how do they compare regarding features, accuracy, and more? Here is a head-to-head comparison to give you a better idea:

Zoom transcription - Zoom Transcrription vs. Fireflies feature comparision

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Now, let’s compare them in detail.


Fireflies has over 90% transcription accuracy. No data is available on the accuracy of Zoom’s transcription feature. But, according to sources, it’s not very accurate.

Timestamps and speaker Identification

Fireflies and Zoom both offer transcripts that include timestamps and speaker identification labels. However, Fireflies takes it one step further with its speaker labels that allow you to search for specific information easily.

Zoom transcription - Timestamps and speaker identification

When you click on the speaker name, the color changes to dark gray, and Fireflies only shows what that speaker said during the meeting, along with timestamps. This is incredibly helpful for quickly finding and reviewing information in minutes.

Zoom transcription - Filtering transcript by speaker name

Punctuation and capitalization

Fireflies is much better at transcribing conversations due to its rich AI capabilities. The sentences have proper punctuation and capitalization, so you'll spend little to no time editing the transcripts to make them more accurate.

Zoom transcription - Punctuation and capitalization

On the other hand, Zoom's transcripts are not so well-written, and you'll need to edit them thoroughly.

Search and analysis

Fireflies Smart Search filters key tasks, questions, and other metrics so you can quickly find important information in the meeting. Click on the filters, and Fireflies will pull up all the related information.

Zoom transcription - Search and analysis with Smart Search

For example, if you want to see what all questions were asked during the meeting, click on Questions.

Zoom transcription - Filtering questions in Smart Search

If you want to see all the tasks and questions discussed during the meeting, just click Questions and Tasks.

Zoom transcription - Filter questions and tasks

Fireflies also allows you to filter the transcript based on positive, negative, or neutral sentiments. This feature enables you to identify areas of agreement and disagreement more quickly and efficiently.

Zoom transcription - Sentiment filters

You can also use Fireflies’ conversation intelligence capabilities to analyze your meetings to identify speaker talk time, sentiments, longest monologue, silence duration, total time spent in conversations in a selected time frame, etc.

Zoom transcription - Meeting analysis with conversation intelligence

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Meeting summary

Fireflies automatically generates an AI Super Summary of every meeting. The system-generated summary is the best in class, including keywords, meeting outlines, bullet-point notes, and possible action items.

Zoom transcription - Meeting Summary

Zoom’s native transcription does not include a meeting summary.

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With Fireflies, you can collaborate with your team members. You can share, comment, highlight, and edit the transcripts together. Create and share soundbites of important meeting sections or leave a pin or thumbs up or down on the meeting marker to highlight important moments. Zoom transcription does not have any collaboration features.

Zoom transcription - Collaboration

Native sharing

Fireflies integrates with various tools and platforms you use, such as Slack, Salesforce, HubSpot, Asana, etc. You can automatically send your transcripts and meeting summaries within these tools and sync your data.

Zoom transcription - Native sharing

Zoom transcription does not have any native sharing options. You have to download the transcripts and manually share them.

Export options

Fireflies allows you to export your transcripts in different formats, including PDF, DOCX, and .txt. Just click on the download button below the meeting marker.

Zoom transcription - Export options

You can also export the meeting audio or summary based on your use case.

Zoom transcription - Download audio, transcript or meeting summary

Zoom transcription only allows you to export the transcripts as text files. You cannot export the audio recordings of your meetings.

Language support

Fireflies currently supports over 32 languages, so you can transcribe your meetings in any one of the languages you prefer. Right now, Fireflies does not support multiple languages in the same meeting. In contrast, Zoom transcription only supports English.

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Final thoughts

Well, there you have it! Two different methods for transcribing your Zoom meetings.

If you're looking for a quick and easy way to get a basic transcription of your Zoom meeting, the native Zoom transcription feature might be a good option for you. It's built-in, so you don't have to search for additional tools, and it gets the job done, even though it's not very flexible and reliable.

On the other hand, automated meeting tools give you advanced features and more functionality. You can save time with accurate transcripts and valuable meeting summaries, share, collaborate, and do a lot more.

Finally, it’s for you to decide what’s best for you and your business. Over to you now!

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