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    Does Zoom warn me if someone takes a screenshot?

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    Pau Monfort
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    Have you ever wondered if anyone is taking screenshots of your Zoom meetings? Zoom notifies screenshots? Let's find out. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, screenshots of Zoom meetings are seen everywhere on the internet. While they are great memories of closed-to-home and socially distant encounters, they also pose some security and privacy concerns.


    Many people claim that Zoom notifies attendees when a screenshot is taken, many don't think so. So what actually happens if someone takes a screenshot on Zoom? Receive a notification? And does Zoom warn if someone takes a screenshot?



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    Does Zoom warn you if a screenshot is saved?

    The answer to this million dollar question is, unfortunately, no. There are no settings in Zoom that can detect screenshots. Even if there was a built-in setting, someone could easily use a different device to take a screenshot of a Zoom meeting in progress.

    However, by default, Zoom always notifies attendees if a meeting is in progress and this is where most people confuse it with taking screenshots.


    What if third party software is used to take screenshots on Zoom?

    Taking a screenshot during a live Zoom call, especially using third party software, is an isolated incident that doesn't have a direct connection to the Zoom application.

    To demonstrate this point, we used Windows' built-in Capture and Annotate tool to take a screenshot, and no notifications were sent to attendees or even the meeting organizer.

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    Things to consider before taking screenshots on Zoom

    As a courtesy to Zoom attendees, here are a few things to consider before taking photos of a live Zoom meeting.




    Educate attendees about screenshots

    If you're the host, at the start of the meeting, remind attendees not to take screenshots without permission.

    Make an announcement

    Announce that you will take a photo of the video call just like you would during a live event. This gives attendees the opportunity to fix their hair, expressions or rearrange their backgrounds!

    Likewise, you should tell everyone if you are recording the meeting in advance. They will still be notified of this, but it is still a good idea to let them know.


    Ask for consent

    After providing a warning, ask for everyone's consent for the screenshot.

    Ask for permission before posting

    Be an ethical Zoomer and ask for permission to post screenshots as well. Informing attendees where you intend to post the screenshots will keep any future surprises and potential problems at bay.

    Always turn off the microphone

    Muting the microphone while taking screenshots (once you have permissions) is a polite thing to do so that a live meeting is not disturbed by the clicking noise of your screenshots.

    Share screenshots

    Don't forget to share the lovely screenshots with all meeting attendees, preferably at the end of the meeting or you risk interrupting it unnecessarily.

    Don't tag people on terrible screenshots

    There's always that person in a Zoom screenshot that looks like it's off. If you need to tag people on your Instagram feed, avoid identifying a person who isn't looking their best. Or better yet, ask them first if they want to be tagged.


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    If you're unfamiliar with Zoom, educating yourself on the Zoom platform will allow you to exercise caution while using certain Zoom features and external actions such as taking screenshots.



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    Be courteous with the zoom screenshots

    Taking a screenshot of your live Zoom meeting may seem like an innocent effort, but be courteous before proceeding. Judging by the looks on most people's faces, it appears that most of the Zoom screenshots are taken without consent!

    As with any public meeting platform, it's important to take everyone's preferences into account and understand the legality surrounding Zoom calls. This will help avoid potential legal setbacks, issues with Zoombombing, or privacy issues on the part of attendees.


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