You might have heard a lot of talk about Zoom lately. This web-based video conferencing tool is already widely used by businesses but is coming into its own as a simple but versatile way to stay in touch as more people work from home.
Zoom works via a desktop or mobile app that allows users to meet online, with or without video. You can record sessions, collaborate on projects, and share or annotate on one another's screens, all with one easy-to-use platform.
Zoom offers free accounts with limited functionality, such as a 40-minute limit on meetings with multiple participants. This level is ideal for family members wanting a video function to their calls or to enable several members of a family to interact together.
You can download the Zoom app to your computer or phone and join any meeting with a supplied meeting ID. Paid accounts at several tiers offer more options for business users, including recording, cloud storage, extended meeting lengths.
Connecting to Zoom
To connect to the Zoom platform, you have three options to choose from.
- Connect to Zoom using the Zoom desktop app.
- Enter the following URL into your web browser - https://zoom.us
- Click on the [Resources] tab located at the top right-hand side of the webpage.
- Then select download Zoom client.
- Simply follow the prompts provided by the installation wizard.
- Save the Zoom desktop app to your desktop for ease of access moving forwards.
The desktop app is available for Windows and macOS, while the mobile app is available for Android and iOS. All the apps let you join a meeting without signing into a Zoom account.
For home use, you can schedule a meeting using the app by clicking “new meeting” or “schedule meeting” to plan one for the future. This can be a recurring meeting or a one-off and you can sync it to your calendar.
Once you're in a Zoom meeting, you can use features like turning your video and microphone settings on and off, inviting other meeting participants, chatting with other meeting participants, recording the meeting, and sharing your screen.
Zoom's YouTube channel has a range of online videos for you to get familiar with the platform. You can check them out here.