Zoom 101: Beginners guide to Zoom video-conferencing.
Having difficulties using Zoom video-conferencing application/software? You are reading the right article. This article is straightforward and contains pictures of each step for ease of understanding.
The world is constantly evolving, and meetings have evolved from a one-on-one physical conversation into a virtual conversation where you can engage with one or more people from the comfort of your location. As a result of the measures to curb the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, the use of video conferencing applications is being encouraged in any setting- casual, or formal.
What is video conferencing?
Video conferencing is a live video-based meeting with one or more people that takes place over the internet with internet-enabled devices – phones or laptops. Video conferencing applications allow you to not only make video calls but also chat and transfer files.
Video conferencing software/applications can be used anywhere – schools, offices, hospitals, etc., and anytime provided you have a stable internet connection.
Importance of video conferencing software/applications?
Video conferencing software/application offers a variety of features like screen sharing, chat box, file sharing, video call recording, device switching, and noise cancellation. These features provide a rich online meeting experience. With these features in place, video conferencing:
- Boosts productivity.
- Saves time.
- Reduce travel expenses.
- Provide a well-structured meeting.
- Improve remote workforce.
What is Zoom video-conferencing?
Zoom is one of the popular video conferencing applications founded by Cisco Webex’s former president, Eric Yuan. Zoom was created to make video communications frictionless and secure while empowering people to accomplish more.
Zoom video-conferencing supported devices.
Zoom applications can be used on devices that support Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, and web platforms.
It is important to note that the Zoom interface for desktop and mobile applications is similar and you do not have to learn its usage for different devices. With this, this article will cover Zoom signing up and joining a zoom meeting.
Sign up on Zoom.
Step 1: Visit https://zoom.us/signup on your desktop/laptop.
Step 2: Enter your “Date of birth” and click the “Confirm” button.
Step 3: Enter your email address and click the “Sign up” button. Note: Enter an existing email you have access to.
Once you have clicked on the “sign up” button, you will be sent an activation email via the entered email address.
Step 4: Visit your email to activate your account.
After activating your Zoom video-conferencing account, fill in your details.
Make sure to click the “I am not a robot” section. Following this, click the “Continue” button.
Step 5: After filling in your details, a welcome page will be displayed.
This page allows you to either “Go to your account” or “start a new meeting”. You can download the Microsoft Outlook plugin or Chrome extension.
Join a Zoom meeting via your desktop/laptop.
Step 1: Visit https://zoom.us/signin on your desktop/laptop. Enter the meeting ID or Personal Link Name then click “join”.
Step 2: Enter the meeting passcode then click “join”. Once your meeting has started, you will see fellow participants and your host. Have a wonderful meeting.
Zoom pricing and benefits.
The Zoom video-conferencing application has four plans with amazing features. These plans are Free, Pro, Business, and Enterprise. The benefits of these plans include, but are not limited to unlimited one-on-one meetings with no time limit, hosting up to 500 participants, group meetings of up to 30 hours, unlimited cloud storage, social media streaming, company branding, recording transcripts, private and group chat. Click here for detailed benefits.
In general, a lot of organizations use Zoom video-conferencing applications/software because:
- It is easy to use.
- It has affordable plans.
- Allows seamless transition between video, voice, or video+voice calls.
- It has good video quality.
Congratulations! You have successfully signed up for Zoom and/or joined a zoom meeting via your preferred device. Read our “Zoom 102: Understanding Zoom icons” article for other Zoom tutorials. You can also check our article for other video conferencing applications/software.