How to Join an Online Zoom Meeting

ZOOM is an app by which you can join in a virtual (online) meeting. You can join via your computer or your smart phone. First you need to download the ZOOM app.

Downloading the Zoom App

On a smart phone, download “Zoom Cloud Meetings” from the Google Play Store or the App Store.

On a computer, download it from
Screen 1 – Click SIGN UP IT’S FREE
Screen 2 – Enter your email, and click SIGN UP
Screen 3 – You’ll get a message to check your email
Screen 4 – In your email – Click ACTIVATE ACCOUNT
Screen 5 – Enter your name and a password, and then click CONTINUE
You’re now done; Zoom has been loaded onto your computer.

Joining a Zoom Meeting

If you are on a website and see a link to a Zoom meeting you’d like to join, just click on the link. If you receive an email announcement of a meeting you’d like to attend, the link will be part of the email, like this:

Topic: Ritual Team
Time: March 20, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 919 305 586

Dial by your location
+1 919 205 6099 US (New York)

Save the email until the meeting time and then click the blue link.*

Screen 2 – Enter password, if asked. Click JOIN WITH VIDEO**

Either by clicking a link on a website, or clicking a link in a Zoom email, you will now be in the meeting.

Zoom Sound, Video, and Display OptionsScreenshot of typical online Zoom meeting

The sound and video controls at the bottom left:

If there is a red line through the microphone, it is muted – click it to unmute

If there is a red line through the camera, it is blocked – click it to show the video

The display controls at the top right. Try both by clicking on each to see which one you prefer:

Speaker View – shows whomever is speaking

Gallery View – shows thumbnails of all the participants

To switch views on a smartphone, swipe across the screen from one side to the other.

Leaving a Zoom Meeting

To leave, click LEAVE MEETING at the bottom right of the screen.

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*Depending on who sets up the meeting, you may be asked to register. In that case, your email will also contain your participant number. Enter the meeting number and participant number.

**Options for joining the meeting:

  • Join by video (preferred option)
  • Join by audio only – in that case, dial the New York number on any phone. You will be asked for the Meeting ID
  • Join by video (via your computer) and audio (via your phone) separately. You would use this option if you have no web camera or microphone on your computer. You can see the meeting and give your input via your phone.

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