Zoom: Getting Started

Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool that allows users to meet online. For meeting attendees, Zoom is free to use and no account is needed. For meeting hosts, there are free and paid account options available.


1. Download and install Zoom

A Zoom account is not required to join a meeting. If you have not previously installed Zoom, you will be prompted to download and install the software upon clicking a Zoom meeting invitation link.

If you have not received a Zoom meeting invitation link, or a meeting ID and password, prior to your meeting, please contact your meeting host. You will need a meeting ID, and often a password, to join the meeting.

You may also install Zoom from the Zoom Download Center.  Most users should download “Zoom Client for Meetings”. For Android or iOS, search for “Zoom” in the Google Play Store or the App Store on your device.

2. Join a meeting

To join a meeting, either click on the link provided or start the Zoom application and click on “Join a Meeting”, then provide the Meeting ID and the name you’d like to display to represent you in the meeting.  If a password is required, you will be prompted to enter the password.

Most often, meetings will have a “Waiting Room” screen display until the meeting host is ready to admit you to the meeting.  Some meetings will have all participants join in audio and video for real-time conversation.  Others may be a presentation style, where only the speaker keeps audio and video on during the meeting, while meeting attendees keep their audio and video off and communicate with the host and presenters using the Chat.

See the Zoom website for more detailed information, like this Quick Start guide, along with many tutorials with the latest updates.