Zoom – tips for using

26th March 2020

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Getting ready for a Zoom ‘event’
Joining a Zoom ‘event’
Tips for during zoom events

Getting ready for a Zoom ‘event’

Tablet or phone instructions
  • On your device, install ‘Zoom’ from the Google Play store (for Android devices) or Apple’s App Store (for Apple devices)
  • Once you click the link above on your device you’ll be taken to the relevant app store, where there will be able to ‘install’ the app
  • Problems?
    • Some older devices won’t be compatible with Zoom – if this is the case, consider using a newer tablet or phone, or a desktop computer
    • If your device is low on space, you may be prompted to remove other apps to make room for Zoom
  • Once Zoom is installed, you don’t need to open it or do anything else for now! – just wait to receive a link from the meeting organiser shortly before the meeting starts


Laptop or desktop instructions
  • Download the zoom software, and install on your device (you may need to click ‘yes’ to a prompt)
  • Wait to receive a link from the meeting organiser shortly before the meeting starts

Joining a Zoom ‘event’

Tablet or phone instructions
  • On your tablet of phone, click (or type in), the link sent to you by the meeting organiser. If presented with the option of opening the link with Zoom or another App (e.g. Chrome), select ‘Zoom’
  • You will be prompted to enter your name – do this, and tap ‘OK’, then tap ‘I agree’ when asked about terms and conditions
  • Your device will spend a few seconds connecting, then you’ll need to grant Zoom some permissions, click:
    • “Got it!”
    • “Allow” (when asked if you allow zoom to record audio)
  • Next, you’ll need to Start the Audio and video by:
    • Tapping ‘Call via device Audio’ (above ‘Join Audio’)
    • ‘Start Video’ (2nd option from left at the bottom)
  • You should be ready to go! Check out the Tips for during zoom events section


Laptop or desktop instructions
  • On your device, click the link from the meeting organiser
  • Click ‘Open Zoom’ (if you don’t have this, check you installed Zoom in getting ready)
  • Enter your name and click ‘Join meeting’, then ‘I agree’ to terms and conditions
  • Click ‘Join with video’, then ‘Join with computer audio’
  • Make sure your volume is turned up, and you should be good to go! Check out the Tips for during zoom events section.

Tips for during zoom events

  • Ensure your mic is unmuted, and your video is on – this will help others!
  • Make sure your device is fully charged / you have a charger to hand
  • Try to rest your device on or against something, as it’ll get tiring holding it the whole time (and might make other people sea-sick!)