Zoom is a teleconferencing and video chat solution that you can use to organize work meetings, chat with family and friends, and take online classes.
Do you know how to join a Zoom meeting when someone you know has a conference call and has invited you?
What you need to join a Zoom meeting
You don’t need an account to join a Zoom meeting. But you need a meeting ID or invitation URL.
When a host starts a session, you can join, unless the option is set to allow you to join before the host arrives. Or you can sign up for a Zoom account that includes your contact information. Then, when the host establishes a conference call, you can be contacted directly through Zoom without requiring an invite URL.
Download the app to join a Zoom meeting on desktop
Joining a Zoom meeting is easy. You can open the invitation link or take a phone call. From the invitation, enter the meeting by clicking the link or URL.
At this point, you will be presented with a link to download the Zoom desktop app for your PC or Mac
How to Join a Zoom Meeting on Windows and Mac
Open the Zoom desktop client and join the meeting in one of the following ways.
- Click Join Meeting Without Login.
- Sign in to your Zoom account and click Join.
- Enter the appointment ID and your display name.
- If you do not want to use your display name, you can change it if you are signed in to your Zoom account.
- Set the permissions for audio and video.
How to see everyone else in a meeting on the desktop
Open the Zoom desktop app you downloaded from above. In the upper right corner, click “View Gallery”.
If you are joining a Zoom meeting with more than 49 attendees, use the arrows to navigate to other pages. Only 49 can fit on one page.
How to see everyone on your mobile app
Open the app and click “Join”.
The active speaker is displayed by default. Swipe left to open gallery view. Thumbnails of the four participants will be displayed on the mobile device simultaneously. Swipe left to see more Zoom meeting attendees.
How to Join a Zoom Meeting by Phone
If you’ve downloaded the Zoom app, the meeting organizer can call you directly.
A pop-up window will ask for permission to access the video and audio functions on your computer. Grant permission and join the live stream.
How to Join a Meeting from the Zoom Website
If you don’t want to download the app, you can join the meeting from your account on the Zoom website. Log in to your account and click JOIN MEETING in the top navigation bar.
If prompted, enter a Personal Link Name or Meeting ID and click Join.
Join a Zoom meeting on Linux
Open the Zoom desktop client. Click Join a meeting without logging in, or log in and click Join.
Enter the meeting ID you received from the organizer and your name as you want it to appear. To change the display name, you can do so by logging into Zoom.
Choose how you want to join the meeting by checking or unchecking the boxes next to Do not connect to audio and Disconnect my video.
How to Join a Zoom Meeting on a Smartphone
The process is the same on mobile devices as it is on desktops. The host sends you a link in text or electronic form. Or, if you’ve provided the organizer with Zoom contact details, the invitation is sent from the app.
Then you click the URL in the invitation to join the meeting. If your smartphone has the Zoom mobile app, clicking on the meeting link will launch Zoom Cloud Meetings and automatically connect you.
If you haven’t downloaded the Zoom app, you will see a prompt to download and launch the app. You don’t need to open a Zoom account to join any meetings.
Join Zoom on Android
Open the Zoom app on your Android device. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, go to the Google Play Store and download it.
Join the meeting:
- Click Join Meeting Without Logging In.
- Sign in and then click Join.
- Enter your display name and meeting ID.
- Select video and audio options.
- Click Join Meeting.
How to join a Zoom meeting on iOS
Open the Zoom mobile app. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, download it from the App Store To join a meeting without logging in, click Join Meeting.
Join the meeting after logging into Zoom by clicking Join. Enter the appointment ID and your display name. If you are logged in and do not want to display the default name, you can change it.
How to record a Zoom meeting as a participant
By default, only the host is allowed to record video conferences. Participants must obtain permission from the organizer.
If your host is new to Zoom, tell me how easy it is to let you record your meeting. All the organizer needs to do is:
- Select Manage Participants.
- Hover over your name.
- Click the blue More button and then Allow. Write it down and you can record the meeting.
Do you have a question? How to raise your hand at a magnification meeting
The Zoom Raise Hand is the best way to let the organizer know you have a question without interrupting the meeting.
Select Participants at the bottom center of your computer screen and click Raise Hand.
The facilitator will see that you have actually raised your hand. To lower your hand, press the same button, which will now be called Lower Hand.
On mobile devices, tap Raise hand in the lower left corner of the screen. The hand icon turns blue with the text “Lower Hand” below it.
Zoom is a versatile tool that allows users to join a meeting from anywhere, anytime. The best part is that it costs nothing to join the meeting.