Zoom for Beginners: How to best use the app for your video calls


Prior to the epidemic, many companies were already using the videoconferencing app Zoom for business meetings, interviews and other purposes. These days, many individuals facing long days without contact with friends and family have gone face to face and group to zoom together.

This is a quick guide for those who have not yet tried Zoom or who are not yet familiar with its features (or who have used it with friends but want to start their own meeting). It gives tips on how to start using the free version. Keep one thing in mind: While one-to-one video calls can go as long as you want, any group call on Zoom is limited to 40 minutes. If you want to have long conversations without interruption (and want some extra features), you can pay the Zoom Pro Plan ($ 14.99 per month); You can also try the optional video conferencing app. (Note: There have been reports that sometimes 40 minutes are extended – from at least one employee The ledge An extension was sent to an evening meeting with five friends when the time ran out – but there is no official word of any change from Zoom.)

How to register for zoom

Of course, the first thing is to register for the service. You can do this from your laptop or even from your mobile phone. We will cover web service first.

  1. Go to Zoom’s signup page. You may be asked to enter your date of birth first. This is because if you are under 16, you are not eligible to create a Zoom account unless it is for school.
  2. You will be presented with some options to create an account. At the top, you can enter your email in the box labeled “Your work email address”. If you do this, go to step two. Even if Zoom asks for a work email, a personal email should work fine. In March, it was reported that Zoom leaked some email addresses and user photos via the contact directory feature of Zoom, as the app could think of people with certain email domains working for the same company, but Zoom In April removed that domain-matching feature.
  3. You can create an account by clicking on the “Sign in with SSO,” “Sign in with Google”, or “Sign in with Facebook” button, after which you simply download the Zoom desktop app and go to step seven .
  4. If you have entered an email, Zoom will send an activation email to that address. Click the “Activate Account” button in the email or copy and paste the activation URL into your browser to activate your account.
  5. On the page that opens in your web browser, you will next be asked if you are signing up on behalf of a school. Assuming you are not, click on the “No” button and then click “Continue”.
  6. On the next page, enter your first and last name and a password
  7. On the next page, you can invite other people to create a free Zoom account via email. You can skip this step if you want.
  8. Next, you will be given a link to your personal meeting URL and will have the option to click on the orange “Start Meeting” button to start the test meeting. If you copy that URL into your browser or click on that orange button, you should be asked to download the Zoom desktop app. Follow the prompts to install the application.
  9. After installing the zoom app, you will see “Join Meeting” or “Sign in” buttons. To start your test meeting, click “Sign in”.
  10. On the next screen, enter the email and password you used to sign up for Zoom in your browser. If you have registered using the “Sign in with Google” or “Sign in with Facebook” button, click on those buttons here and follow the prompts.
  11. Once logged in, make sure you’re on the “Home” tab, and then click the orange “New Meeting” button in the Zoom app. Your meeting will begin.

If you sign up for Zoom using the mobile app, the process is similar to how it is on the web. (We tested the signup process using the iOS app.)

  1. Download iOS or Android app. When you open the app for the first time, you’ll be presented with options to join a meeting, sign up for a Zoom, or sign in to a Zoom account. Tap “Sign up”.
  2. You will then be asked to confirm your age.
  3. Once you have done this, on the next screen, you will be asked to enter your email address, and your first and last name. Once you do, “sign up” and then an activation email will be sent to you.
  4. Tap on the “active account” button in the email you received, or copy and paste the activation URL into your mobile browser
  5. From there, you will be asked to complete the same steps described above to create an account from your mobile browser.
  6. Once you reach your personal zoom meeting URL and the orange “Start Meeting” button on the screen, tap or you’re taken directly to the waiting room for your test meeting in the Zoom app.
  7. To open a meeting, tap the “Sign in” button at the bottom of the screen. On the next screen, enter your login information and tap on the “Sign in” button.
  8. Your test meeting will open in the app

Start a meeting now

Once you are registered with Zoom and install the app, it is easy to start a meeting

Using the web app:

  • Open app
  • If you want to start the meeting immediately, click the orange “New Meeting” button. A video window will open, and a pop-up window will ask if you want to join the meeting using your computer’s audio and if you want to test speakers and microphones. (If you don’t want to bother with that question anymore, check the box at the bottom of the pop-up.)

Click on the orange button to start a new meeting

  • To invite people to the meeting, find the toolbar that shows you move your mouse in the meeting window and click the small arrow in the “Participants” button. When you do this, Zoom will open a window where you can invite your Zoom contacts, send an email with information about accessing your Zoom meeting, copy your meeting URL to your clipboard, or your meeting URL Copy and dial a long message with – in your clipboard information. You can also find your meeting password in this menu. When you’re ready, click the “Invite” button.

Using mobile apps

  • On the application, tap on “New Meeting”
  • Choose whether you want it to start with the video and whether you want to use your personal meeting ID (not recommended; see above). Then tap on “Start Meeting”.
  • To invite people to the meeting, tap “Participants” at the bottom line of the icon, and then tap the “Invite” button at the bottom of the next screen. When you do this, you will be able to invite a message through various services such as Messenger, Messages or Gmail; Invite your Zoom contacts, or copy the invite link to your phone’s clipboard.

For future meeting

Again, the orange button starts a new meeting

It is safest not to use personal meeting id

It is safest not to use personal meeting id

schedule a meeting

Use web app

  • Click “Schedule”
  • A pop-up window will give you a wide range of options, including the topic, time of the meeting, whether you will use the “waiting room” (in other words, each participant needs to ask permission to enter the meeting), and whether it is a Recurring Meeting
  • If you click “Advanced Options”, you can decide whether participants can join before the host gets there, whether participants should be muted upon entry, and whether you record the session automatically. Want to do

When you schedule a meeting, you get several options for security and information.

When you schedule a meeting, you get several options for security and information.

Note: You can choose whether a unique meeting ID is automatically generated or use your personal meeting ID (which does not change). We Firmly It is recommended that you do the former; By using a unique ID, you make it much less likely that you are subject to “zombing” that trolls take to your zoom meetings.

The scheduled meeting will appear on the initial zoom window, where you can start it or delete it.

Using mobile apps

  • Click “Schedule”
  • Determine the date, time and time zone for the meeting, and whether it should be repeated. Choose if you want to use your personal meeting ID; If not, a specific ID will be created (we suggest you use the latter; see above).
  • Select various security options like passcode and waiting room
  • Under “Advanced Options”, you can choose options that allow participants to join before the host, or record the meeting automatically. You can also add it to the calendar.
  • Tap “Done” (Android) or “Save” (iOS) in the upper-right corner.

For future meeting

Tap on “Schedule” for future meetings

With the web version, you have several options for scheduling meetings

With the web version, you have several options for scheduling meetings

Invite people to your meeting

You can invite people to a zoom meeting in a few different ways. If you are using a desktop or mobile application, click or tap the meeting tab. From there:

  • On the front page of the desktop app, you should see your scheduled meeting on the right. Click the three points to the right of the meeting title, and then select “Copy Invitation” to copy the URL, ID, and phone dial-in information of your zoom meeting to your clipboard. You can then leave it in an email or text message. You can also click on the meeting tab and click on the “Copy Invitation” button on the screen.

With the web version, you have several options for scheduling meetings

The “meeting” button allows you to send an invitation

  • On the mobile app, tap on the “Meeting” app at the bottom of the screen. When you tap on the “Send Invitation” button, you will be able to invite a message through various services such as Messenger, Message or Gmail; Invite your Zoom contacts, or copy the invite link to your phone’s clipboard.

As with the web version,

As with the web version, “meeting” lets you send an invitation

You can send your invitation through various types of apps

You can send your invitation through various types of apps

Once you’re zooming in and out, to preserve your zoom meetings, to find keyboard shortcuts, to change your zoom background (use some free backgrounds here that you can) , And be sure to record your record. Zoom call.

Updated 9 October, 10:40 AM ET: This article was originally published on March 31, 2020; The instructions have been updated.

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