As many adjust to new work spaces (albeit by the couch or in view of the fridge), there's one question many would rather google than ask their fellow coworker or family member:
Question: I just got a Zoom invite from my (insert senders role here), yet I've never done this before. Embarrassing, I know, but how do I join a Zoom meeting?
Answer: It's not embarrassing. And you're not alone. Many people are using Zoom for the first time these days, whether to virtually hang out with friends and family or continue their work from home. Luckily, setting up is a breeze.
Steps to join a Zoom meeting on your computer:
- First, you'll need to visit zoom.us/download to download the Zoom desktop app on your PC or Mac.
- Once you've downloaded the software onto your computer, open the Zoom app.
- Click on the meeting invite URL that the host shared via email.
- Approve the request for permission to use your computer's audio and camera. (Depending on the meeting's setup, you may enter the meeting right away, you may need to wait for the host to arrive first, or you may be placed into a waiting room that the host controls.)
- Chat away.
- You can get more information, including how to use Zoom on your phone, at support.zoom.us/hc/en-us.
Make sure you have a strong Internet connection
The last thing you want to do is wait until your Zoom meeting begins to realize you don't have a strong internet connection. It's hard enough to understand people through the phone or computer audio without having to piece together their words because of buffering screens or a call dropping.
As the value of a strong connection during social distancing becomes apparent, it might be a good time to explore your options. After all, time is money and the Zoom meeting invites aren't stopping any time soon.