Zoom is a videoconferencing software program that has become increasingly popular during the COVID-19 pandemic
The application can be downloaded on all smartphones (Android or iOS) by going to the App Store or Google Play Store.
Zoom for Windows and Mac desktop users
You will require access to a webcam and microphone, although the majority of laptops from 2008 onwards have these built-in
Creating your own account:
To sign up for your own free account, go to https://zoom.us/signup and enter your date of birth (for age verification), followed by your email address. You will then receive an email from Zoom (firstname.lastname@example.org). In this email, click Activate Account.
Signing in to your Zoom account on the web:
You can login to your Zoom account on the web at any time, at https://zoom.us/signin. Once you're logged in, use the panel on the left side to navigate the Zoom web portal. You can update your profile, schedule a meeting, edit your settings, and more.
Test Zoom meeting:
You can join a test Zoom meeting to familiarise yourself with it and test your microphone/speakers before joining a Zoom meeting. Visit http://zoom.us/test and click the blue Join button. When prompted by your browser, click Open Zoom Meetings. If you don't have Zoom installed on your computer, follow the prompts to download and install Zoom. The test meeting will display a pop-up window to test your speakers and microphone.
Using Zoom and joining meetings:
It is common practice that you will receive an email invitation requesting you to join a Zoom meeting. Click the invitation link in the email. If you have already downloaded Zoom to your computer, this will automatically connect you to the meeting.
Alternatively, go to https://zoom.us/ and click the JOIN A MEETING button on the top-right. Enter the meeting ID provided by the meeting host or found in an invitation email.
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