Staying Connected: how to use Zoom

IPL and OTOC have begun to use Zoom for most meetings, including some new ones to help us all stay connected.

If you’ve never used Zoom before, we’ve compiled some resources to get you started. Don’t be intimidated!

Basic Instructions

For each Zoom meeting, click the link provided when it is time for the meeting. This is what that looks like:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/787401155?pwd=TUdQVTlsdG9INk4rdnFweDZFZTZLdz09
Meeting ID: 787 401 155
Password: 044698

You should not need the meeting ID or Password. Once you click on the link, it will ask if Zoom can run on your computer. Click yes, and the Zoom meeting window should open.

There is also a call-in option if you are unable to try the online video. Video is recommended if your computer or device has a webcam or camera, but if you don’t you can use the call in numbers. This is what that looks like:

Dial by your location
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 301 715 8592 US
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
+1 253 215 8782 US
Meeting ID: 787 401 155

You do not need to be signed up with Zoom to join meetings. If you would like a Zoom account, you can set that up here and click the “Sign up, it’s free” button. But again, you do not have to create an account. As long as you have the link for a particular meeting, you can get in.

Basic Instructions by device:

Before the Call

  • You can join the call using your computer, smartphone, or landline.
  • With your computer, allow Zoom to download and run as an application on your computer.
  • With your smartphone, install the “ZOOM Cloud Meetings” app. If you don’t want to use the app, call in as with a landline
  • You will have the option to check your audio and/or video before you join the call
  • You do not need to create an account with Zoom to access the call

Joining a Zoom MeetingFor computer and smartphone app:

  • Click on the “Join Zoom Meeting” link found in your email invite and connect directly
  • OR open the Zoom website ( https://zoom.us/join) or Zoom app. Use the Meeting ID (and password if required) to access the meeting
  • Follow prompts to allow the program to access your microphone and/or camera

For phone/landline:

  • Dial the phone number listed in your email invite. There may be several possible numbers listed. Choose the closest geographic location (Chicago) if you have multiple options.
  • The call will prompt you to enter the Meeting ID followed by # sign. Then you will be asked to input your participant ID if you have one, just hit # sign again.

Participating in a Zoom meeting

  • Once you’ve joined the call, there are several settings you can adjust when using your smartphone app or computer
  • On a phone, mute or unmute your phone by pressing *6. It’s recommended to keep your phone muted when you’re not talking to minimize background noise.

More resources and information:

Using Zoom (with pictures)

Zoom Basics and Tips

Video tutorial

Zoom.us resources and tutorials

Still confused?

On whatever devise you are using just click on the link and follow the prompts, that’s the easiest way.

Ask Greta for any help. We can all learn together!  gretalovem@gmail.com