Video conferencing tools and services are one of the most commonly used forms of communication, in addition to instant messaging apps, and Zoom has seen a meteoric rise in the market over the past year. Zoom meetings have become extremely popular, especially for work-from-home professionals and students.
If you’re new to Zoom and are having trouble figuring things out, here is how to join a Zoom meeting on your smartphone and PC.
To join a Zoom meeting, the host needs to share the invite URL or meeting ID. Once the meeting begins, anyone with the meeting ID or URL can join unless the host has enabled the Lock Meeting option, which can prevent new participants from entering the meeting. You don’t need a Zoom account to join a meeting.
Alternatively, to call on Zoom, both the parties can sign up for a Zoom account using their contact information to call without the need to host a meeting URL.
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How to join a Zoom meeting on the phone?
Download the Zoom application on your iOS or Android device. Set up an account using your contact information. The same contact information can be used by the other party to call you directly. The application will ring to notify about the incoming call. You can choose to accept or decline the call.
To join a Zoom meeting, launch the application and follow the steps given below.
- Tap on Join A Meeting.
- Enter the Meeting ID or Personal Link Name.
- It will take a default screen name by which you will enter the meeting. You can change the name as per your liking.
- Set up the audio and video permissions-Don’t Connect To Audio and Turn Off My Video by sliding the toggle to the right.
- Then tap on Join.
Alternatively, you can join a meeting by just clicking on the Zoom meeting URL shared by the host via email or text. The link will open in the Zoom application, and it will connect you to the meeting.
Depending on the meeting settings, you may enter it right away, or it may ask you to wait for the host to arrive. Please note, the app may ask permission to use your phone’s camera for the video chat; you can choose to disable that permission later via your phone’s settings.
How to join a Zoom meeting on a laptop?
Download and launch the Zoom desktop application for your laptop and follow the steps mentioned below.
Step 1: Click on the Join A Meeting button.
Step 2: Enter Meeting ID or Personal Link Name.
Step 3: Then enter your Name.
Step 4: Set audio and video permissions as per your liking. Check the box if you want Zoom to remember your name for future meetings.
Step 5: Click on the Join button at the bottom-right of the box.
Step 6: Alternatively, you can directly click on the meeting URL you have received from the meeting host via text or email. A new window will open on your web browser asking permission- Do You Want To Allow This Page To Open “Zoom.Us”. Click on Allow.
Depending on the meeting set-up, this will connect you to the meeting instantly or will ask you to wait until the host starts the meeting.
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