Many businesses were already utilizing the videoconferencing tool Zoom for business meetings, interviews, and other purposes before the outbreak. Many people who have gone long periods of time without speaking to their friends and family have turned to Zoom for face-to-face and group meetings.
This is a fast guide for individuals who have not yet experienced Zoom or are unfamiliar with its features (or who have used it with friends but want to start initiating their own meetings). It includes instructions on how to use the free version. Keep in mind that while one-on-one video conferences can last as long as you wish, Zoom group calls are limited to 40 minutes. You can either pay for Zoom’s Pro subscription ($14.99 per month) or try an alternate videoconferencing program if you want to conduct longer conversations without interruption (and want a few extra features). (Note: there have been allegations that the 40-minute time limit is sometimes extended – at least one Verge staffer discovered that an evening meeting with five pals was given an extension when time ran out — but Zoom has not confirmed this.)
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Where Do I Go To Register For Zoom?
Of course, the first step is to sign up for the service. You can do this using either your laptop or your smartphone. We’ll start with the web service.
- Visit the Zoom signup page. You may be required to enter your date of birth first. That’s because, unless you’re under the age of 16, you can’t create a Zoom account unless it’s for school.
- After that, you’ll be given a couple of alternatives for creating an account. You can input your email address in the box labeled “Your work email address” at the top. Continue to step two if you’ve completed step one. Despite the fact that Zoom requires a work email, a personal email should suffice. Zoom’s Contact Directory tool was said to have leaked certain email addresses and user photographs in March because the app thought persons with particular email domains worked for the same organization, however, Zoom deleted the domain-matching feature in April.
- You can alternatively create an account by clicking the “Sign in with SSO,” “Sign in with Google,” or “Sign in with Facebook” buttons, then downloading the Zoom desktop programme and proceeding to step 7.
- Zoom will send an activation email to the email address you provided. To activate your account, click the “Activate Account” button in the email or copy and paste the activation URL into your browser.
- You’ll then be asked if you’re joining up on behalf of a school on the page that loads in your browser. If you aren’t sure, click “No” and then “Continue.”
- Fill in your first and last name, as well as a password, on the next screen.
- On the next screen, you can send an email invitation to others to register a free Zoom account. If you choose, you can skip this step.
- After that, you’ll be given a connection to your personal meeting URL and the ability to start a test meeting by clicking an orange “Start Meeting Now” button. You should be prompted to download the Zoom desktop app if you paste that URL into your browser or click the orange icon. To install the app, simply follow the on-screen instructions.
- You’ll see buttons to “Join a Meeting” and “Sign In” when you’ve loaded the Zoom app. Click “Sign In” to begin your test meeting.
- Fill in the email and password you used to sign up for Zoom in your browser on the next screen. If you signed up using the “Sign in with Google” or “Sign in with Facebook” buttons, go to this page and click those icons to continue.
- Make sure you’re on the “Home” tab after logging in and then click the orange “New Meeting” icon in the Zoom app. Your meeting is about to begin.
- The process of signing up for Zoom via the mobile app is similar to that of signing up on the web. (We used the iOS app to test the signup procedure.)
Install the app on your iOS or Android device. When you first start the app, you’ll be given the choice to attend a meeting, sign up for Zoom, or sign in to an existing Zoom account. Select “Sign Up.”
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- After that, you’ll be prompted to validate your age.
- After that, you’ll be asked to enter your email address, as well as your first and last names, on the next screen. After that, click “Sign Up,” and an activation email will be issued to you.
- In the email you received, tap the “Activate Account” button, or copy and paste the activation URL into your mobile browser.
- You’ll be prompted to follow the same steps as above to create an account, but this time using your mobile browser.
- When you come to the screen with your personal Zoom meeting URL and the orange “Start Meeting Now” button, tap either to be sent to the Zoom app’s waiting area for your test meeting.
- Tap the “Sign In” button at the bottom of the screen to start the meeting. Fill in your login details on the next screen and click the “Sign In” button.
- In the app, your test meeting will appear.
Get A Meeting Started Right Now
It’s simple to start a meeting once you’ve registered with Zoom and downloaded the app.
How To Use The Web App
- Start the app.
- If you want to start a meeting right away, click the orange “New meeting” button. A video window will appear, followed by a pop-up box asking if you wish to join the conference using your computer’s audio and test the speaker and microphone. (Check the box at the bottom of the pop-up if you don’t want to answer that question.)
- Find the toolbar that appears when you move your cursor in the meeting window and click the little arrow in the “Participants” button to invite others to the meeting. When you do, Zoom will open a box where you can invite your Zoom contacts, send an email with instructions on how to access your Zoom meeting, copy your meeting URL to your clipboard, or copy a longer message to your clipboard that includes your meeting URL and dial-in information. This menu also contains the password for your meeting. Click the “Invite” button when you’re ready.