Zoom is one of the leading video conferencing software apps. It enables you to virtually interact with co-workers when in-person meetings aren't possible, and it thas been hugely successful for social events, too. Make no mistake: Zoom is an essential tool for small-, medium-, and large-sized teams who want to keep in touch and continue their daily workflows with minimal disruption - as well as becoming a firm favourite with individuals, especially around holidays like Thanksgiving in the US and Christmas around the world.
Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others - either by video or audio-only or both, all while conducting live chats - and it lets you record those sessions to view later. Over half of Fortune 500 companies reportedly used Zoom in 2019 and during 2020 it hit even greater heights, racking up 227 per cent growth over the year.
When people are talking about Zoom, you'll usually hear the following phrases: Zoom Meeting and Zoom Room. A Zoom Meeting refers to a video conferencing meeting that's hosted using Zoom. You can join these meetings via a webcam or phone. Meanwhile, a Zoom Room is the physical hardware setup that lets companies schedule and launch Zoom Meetings from their conference rooms.
One-on-one meetings: Host unlimited one-on-one meetings even with the free plan.
Group video conferences: Host up to 1000 participants (if you purchase the Enterprise plan). The free plan, however, allows you to host video conferences of up to 40 minutes and up to 100 participants.
Screen sharing: Meet one-on-one or with large groups and share your screen with them so they can see what you see.
Recording: You can record your meetings or events too.
Zoom allows one-to-one chat sessions that can grow into group calls, training sessions and webinars for internal and external audiences, and global video meetings with up to 1,000 participants and as many as 49 on-screen videos. The free tier allows unlimited one-on-one meetings but limits group sessions to 40 minutes and 100 participants. Paid plans start at $9.99 per month per host.
1. Basic: This tier is free. You can hold an unlimited number of meetings. Group meetings with multiple participants are capped at 40 minutes in length, and meetings can't be recorded.
2. Basic Plus: This tier costs $9.99 a month and gives you 4 meetings up to 80 minutes, with up to 100 attendees. There's also 1GB of cloud storage.
3. Pro: This tier costs $15.99/£11.99 per month and meeting host. It allows hosts to create personal meeting IDs for repetitive Zoom Meetings, and it allows meeting recording in the cloud or your device, but it caps group meeting durations at 30 hours, with 5GB cloud storage.
4. Business: This tier costs $19.99/£15.99 per month and meeting host (10 minimum). It lets you brand Zoom meetings with vanity URLs and company branding, and it offers transcripts of Zoom meetings recorded in the cloud, as well as dedicated customer support. It has 30 hour time limits for up to 300 attendees, with 5GB cloud storage.
Another tool for quickly starting or scheduling a Zoom meeting comes in the form of an extension for your favourite browser. There is a Zoom Chrome extension and Zoom Firefox add-on that let you schedule a Zoom meeting via Google Calendar. A simple click on the Zoom button and you can start a meeting or schedule one for later with all the information on the meeting being sent via Google Calendar to make it easy for participants to join.
If you don't have access to any apps - or haven't installed one - you can run Zoom in a browser. Even if you do have Zoom apps, you can run Zoom in a browser instead. When you click on a Zoom link on a desktop, it will open a quick browser tab that will then launch the app on your device.
It is actually possible to get Zoom working on your TV so you can have a video call on the big screen. We've written a detailed guide on the various ways you can get Zoom on your TV that is worth checking out.
There are a few differences between the paid and free Zoom plans that are worth noting.
A. Free users You can download the Zoom app on your computer or phone and join any meeting with a supplied meeting ID. You can disable audio or video before joining. You can create a free Zoom account and from there you can create a new meeting, schedule one, join a meeting, share a screen, add contacts, and so on.
B. Paid users You can sign up and download Zoom onto your computer using your work email if your system administrator has a Pro, Business, or Enterprise account. You'll then want to sync Zoom to your calendar so you can schedule Zoom meetings and invite remote participants to join.
Zoom has been updated with security changes to reassure users. One of these has been the requirement for a password as default for Zoom meetings. This, combined with virtual waiting rooms, ensures that only those people who have been invited to the call are actually allowed in.
In October 2020, Zoom unveiled the public beta for OnZoom. It is described as an online events platform and marketplace that allows paid Zoom users to create, host, and monetise events such as fitness classes, concerts, stand-up or improv shows, or music lessons.
We were humbled and inspired by all of the amazing ways the world adapted to a literal shutdown of in-person events amid COVID-19. When business owners, entrepreneurs, and organizations of all sizes had to find some way - any way - to stay the course and continue providing services to their customers, many turned to Zoom," Zoom explained. "OnZoom simplifies that experience.
Zoom lets you create recurring meetings. You can set the call settings you want once and have them be in there every time you plan to meet, and you can join calls using the same URL each time. In the Zoom mobile app, just log in, click schedule, tap the Repeat option, and select a recurrence. For more info on scheduling meetings in general and all of the meeting settings, see Zoom's FAQ.
Zoom lets you record calls as videos. You do need permission to do so though. The meeting host will have to enable recordings in settings. It's worth checking your account settings to make sure recording is enabled before you get started.
1. Log into your Zoom account.
2. Click to view Account Settings/Meeting settings.
3. Navigate to the Recording tab and click to enable video recording.
It is possible to record Zoom meetings and calls on mobile too. However, this is done via cloud recordings so you need a paid Zoom membership in order to use this feature. It's also worth noting that cloud storage is limited, so be careful how many meetings you record while using the mobile app.
1. Open the Zoom app on your mobile.
2. Click to join or start a meeting.
3. Click the three dot menu on the bottom right of the screen.
4. Click "Record to the cloud" or "record".
5. You'll then see a recording icon and the ability to pause or stop recording.
6. Once the call is over you'll find the recording in the "My Recordings" section of the Zoom site.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to join a Zoom meeting quickly:
If you have a join link for a meeting, just click on it or paste it into your web browser to join the meeting.
Open the Zoom app and click on the “Join” icon.
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Zoom is a video conferencing platform that can be used through a computer desktop or mobile app, and allows users to connect online for video conference meetings, webinars and live chat.
Many graphics programs (e.g., Adobe Photoshop), and Internet browsers (e.g., Google Chrome), support the keyboard shortcut key "Ctrl+minus key" to zoom out and "Ctrl+plus key" to zoom in on a picture or web page. Also, Ctrl + 0 (the number zero) resets the zoom to the default zoom level if you zoomed in too far.
In May 2012, the company changed its name to Zoom, influenced by Thacher Hurd's children's book Zoom City.
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Tap anywhere on the screen, except the keyboard or navigation bar. Drag 2 fingers to move around the screen. Pinch with 2 fingers to adjust zoom.
Zoom, stylized as zoom or Zoom Meetings, is a proprietary videotelephony software program developed by Zoom Video Communications. The free plan allows up to 100 concurrent participants, with a 40-minute time restriction
You can view up to 16 (4x4) or 25 (5x5) people at a time. To switch back to Active Speaker View, tap the screen to view the controls and tap Switch to Active Speaker in the top-left corner of the Zoom window.
Press the Windows logo key + Ctrl + M to open the Magnifier settings view. Press the Tab key until you hear “Zoom out, button” or “Zoom in, button,” and press Spacebar to adjust the zoom level accordingly.
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ou can join a Zoom meeting or webinar, which allows you to dial in to a virtual meeting without a computer. This is useful when:
1. you do not have a microphone or speaker on your computer
2. you do not have a iOS or Android smartphone
3. you cannot connect to a network for video and VoIP (computer audio)
After joining a Zoom meeting, you will be prompted to join the audio automatically. If this prompt does not appear or you close out of it, click Join Audio in the meeting controls.
Note: If you're joining a webinar, you may automatically join computer audio. Click the up arrow next to Audio Settings then Switch to Phone Audio.
Click the Phone Call tab.