Joining a Zoom video call

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You can join an online meeting through an email invite, an instant messaging invite, from the browser, from the Zoom desktop and mobile application, from a landline or mobile phone, or with an H.323 or SIP device.

Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download Zoom from the Download Center. Otherwise, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link.

You can also join a test meeting to familiarize how to use Zoom.

This article covers:

Prerequisites for joining a virtual meeting

How to join a Zoom meeting on the desktop client

  1. Open the Zoom desktop client.
  2. Join a meeting using one of these methods: 
    • If you want to join a meeting without signing in, click Join a Meeting.
    • If you want to join a meeting by signing in:
      1. Sign in to the Zoom desktop client.
      2. Click the Home tab.
      3. Click Join.
  3. Enter the meeting ID and your display name.
    • If you're signed in, change your name if you don't want your default name to appear.
    • If you're not signed in, enter a display name.
  4. Select if you would like to connect audio and/or video.
  5. Click Join.

  1. Open the Zoom desktop client.
  2. Join a meeting using one of these methods:
    • If you want to join without signing in, click Join a Meeting .
    • If you want to join by signing in:
      1. Sign in to the Zoom desktop client.
      2. Click the Home tab.
      3. Click Join.
  3. Enter the meeting ID number and name.
    • If you're signed in, change your name if you don't want your default name to appear.
    • If you're not signed in, enter a display name.
  4. Select if you would like to connect audio and/or video.
  5. Click Join.

How to join a Zoom meeting on the mobile app

  1. Open the Zoom mobile app.
  2. Join a meeting using one of these methods:
    • Tap Join a Meeting if you want to join without signing in.
    • Sign in to Zoom then tap Join.
  3. Enter the meeting ID number and your display name.
    • If you're signed in, change your name if you don't want your default name to appear.
    • If you're not signed in, enter a display name.
  4. Select if you would like to connect audio and/or video and tap Join Meeting.

  1. Open the Zoom mobile app. If you have not downloaded the Zoom mobile app yet, you can download it from the App Store.
  2. Join a meeting using one of these methods:
    • Tap Join a Meeting if you want to join without signing in.
    • Sign in to Zoom then tap Join.
  3. Enter the meeting ID number and your display name.
    • If you're signed in, change your name if you don't want your default name to appear.
    • If you're not signed in, enter a display name.
  4. Select if you would like to connect audio and/or video and select Join.

How to join a Zoom meeting on a web browser

Google Chrome

  1. Open the Chrome browser.
  2. Go to join.zoom.us.
  3. Enter your meeting ID provided by the host/organizer.
  4. Click Join.
    • If this is your first time joining from Google Chrome, you will be asked to open the Zoom desktop client to join the meeting.
    • (Optional) Select the Always open these types of links in the associated app check box to skip this step in the future.
    • In the pop-up window, click Open Zoom Meetings (PC) or Open zoom.us (Mac).

Safari

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Go to join.zoom.us.
  3. Enter your meeting ID provided by the host/organizer.
  4. Click Join.
  5. When asked if you want to open zoom.us, click Allow.

Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer

  1. Open Edge or Internet Explorer.
  2. Go to join.zoom.us.
  3. Enter your meeting ID provided by the host/organizer.
  4. Click Join.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Go to join.zoom.us.
  3. Enter your meeting ID provided by the host/organizer.
  4. Click Join.
    • If this is your first time joining from Firefox, you may be asked to open Zoom or the Zoom installer package.
    • To skip this step in the future, select the Remember my choice for zoommtg links check box.
    • Click Open Link.

 

How to join a Zoom meeting through other methods

  1. In your email or calendar invitation, click the join link.
  2. Depending on your default web browser, click Allow if you are prompted to open Zoom.

If you are online, with the Zoom desktop client or mobile app, others will have the ability to send you a meeting request via instant message. You will receive an incoming message notification displaying who is calling along with a ringtone. Select Accept to join the meeting with the person who is calling you.

 

  1. On your phone, dial the teleconferencing number provided in your invite.
  2. Enter the meeting ID number when prompted using your dial pad.

Note: If you have already joined the meeting by computer, you will have the option to enter your 6-digit participant ID to be associated with your computer. If you have not joined on your computer, simply press # again when prompted to enter in your participant ID.

  1. Dial the IP address provided to you in the meeting invitation (requires Room Connector port add-on).
  2. Enter the meeting ID by touch (DTMF) tones followed by #.
    You can also use dial strings, such as 192.168.10.55##000111000 to join directly into the meeting.

How to join a meeting with the Zoom web client

The Zoom web client allows users to join a Zoom meeting or webinar in a web browser without downloading any plugins or software.

Join a Zoom meeting without downloading the app

Note: The meeting host must enable Show a "Join from your browser" link for their participants.

  1. Locate the meeting invite link from your email or calendar invitation.
  2. Click the join link to join the meeting.
    On your web browser, a pop-up window will prompt you to open or download the application.
  3. In the pop-up window, click Cancel.
  4. At the bottom of the page, click join from your browser.
    You will be directed to a new page.
  5. Click Allow to allow Zoom permission for your microphone and camera.
  6. Sign in with your name to join the meeting.
  7. (Optional) Select the Remember my name for future meetings check box.
  8. Click Join.

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