Testing audio before Zoom Meetings

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There are two ways to join meeting audio: joining via computer or joining via telephone. Follow these sections to test your audio before or after joining a meeting.

You can also join a test meeting if you want to test your audio and familiarize yourself with meeting controls.

Prerequisites for testing your device’s microphone and speakers

  • Microphone, such as the built in microphone, a USB microphone or an inline microphone on headphones
  • Speaker or headphones

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Testing audio before joining a meeting

If you haven't enabled the setting to automatically join by computer audio, you can test your speaker and microphone before joining a meeting:

  1. After joining a meeting, click Test Speaker and Microphone.
  2. The meeting will display a pop-up window to test your speakers. If you don't hear the ringtone, use the drop-down menu or click No to switch speakers until you hear the ringtone. Click Yes to continue to the microphone test.
  3. If you don't hear an audio replay, use the drop-down menu or click No to switch microphones until you hear the reply. Click Yes when you hear the replay.
  4. Click Join with Computer audio to exit the speaker and microphone test.
  5. Click Join with Computer Audio to join the test meeting with the selected microphone and speakers.

Testing audio using audio settings

To test your audio, navigate to your audio settings before or during a meeting:

Before a meeting

  1. Sign in to the Zoom client.
  2. Click your profile picture, then click Settings.
  3. Click the Audio tab.
  4. Follow the sections below to test your speaker or microphone.

During a meeting

You can access your audio settings and test your audio when you are already in a meeting. 

  1. In the meeting controls, click the arrow next to Mute/Unmute.
  2. Click Audio Options.; this will open your audio settings.

Checking your computer speakers

  1. Click Test Speaker to play a test tone. 
  2. If you cannot hear it, select a different speaker from the menu or adjust the Volume.

Learn more about audio settings.

Adjusting your computer microphone

  1. In the Microphone section, you will see the green Input Level bar move when Zoom is picking up audio. 
  2. Click Test Mic to test your microphone. 
  3. Your audio will start recording. Click Recording when you are done and it will play back. You can select another microphone from the menu or adjust the input level.
  4. Check Automatically adjust microphone settings if you want Zoom to adjust the input volume automatically. 

Learn more about audio settings.

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Testing audio using audio settings

To test your audio, navigate to your audio settings before or during a meeting:

Before a meeting

  1. Sign in to the Zoom client.
  2. Click your profile picture then click Settings.
  3. Follow the sections below to test your speaker or microphone.

When joining a meeting

If you haven't enabled the setting to automatically join by computer audio, you can test your speaker and microphone before joining a meeting:
  1. After joining a meeting, click Test speaker and Microphone. This will open the audio settings.
  2. Follow the sections below to test your speaker or microphone.

During a meeting

You can access your audio settings and test your audio when you are already in a meeting. 
  1. In the meeting controls, click the arrow next to Mute/Unmute.
  2. Click Audio Options; this will open your audio settings.
  3. Follow the sections below to test your speaker or microphone.

Checking your computer speakers

  1. Click Test Speaker to play a sound. 
  2. If you cannot hear it, select a different speaker from the menu or adjust the Output Volume.
Learn more about audio settings.

Adjusting your computer microphone

  1. In the microphone section, you will see the blue Input Level bar move when Zoom is picking up audio. 
  2. If Zoom is not picking up your microphone, you can select another microphone from the menu or adjust the input level.
  3. Check Automatically adjust microphone settings if you want Zoom to adjust the input volume automatically. 
Learn more about audio settings.

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Joining with device audio in a meeting

  1. If this is the first Zoom meeting that you've joined, you will be asked to give access to your microphone.
  2. When you join the meeting, you will be prompted to join the audio by using one of the following audio options:
    • Call via Device Audio: Connects audio through the internet.
    • Dial in: Provides options to dial into the Zoom Meeting via telephone.
    • Call My Phone: Calls your phone to join the meeting. Requires an audio plan for the meeting host.
  3. If you choose Cancel, you can open the prompt again by tapping Audio
  4. Once connected, you will see the microphone icon to mute and unmute in the bottom left-hand corner.
  5. If you need to join the audio with a different method, you can disconnect audio by tapping More and then Disconnect Audio.

Joining with device audio in a meeting

  1. If this is the first Zoom meeting that you've joined, you will be asked to give access to your microphone.
  2. When you join the meeting, you will be prompted to join the audio.
  3. You will have the following audio options:

    • Call using Internet Audio: Connects audio through the internet
    • Dial in: Provides options to dial into the Zoom Meeting via telephone
    • Call My Phone: Calls your phone to join the meeting. Requires an audio plan for the meeting host
  4. If you choose Cancel, you can open the prompt again by tapping Join Audio
  5. Once connected, you will see the microphone icon to mute and unmute in the bottom left-hand corner.
  6. If you need to join the audio with a different method, you can disconnect audio by tapping More and then Disconnect Audio.

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