How To Use Zoom Mobile App Step by Step For Beginners – (Android & IOS)
Keep reading for today’s best zoom tips, tricks and hacks for a better meeting experience on your phone!
In this tutorial you are going to learn how to use Zoom on a mobile phone. These steps are super easy to follow. The Zoom app is very straight forward and easy to use no matter if you are using an iPhone or Android. There are only slight differences between the two.
Although the Zoom app on your phone can be convenient for conferencing, teaching, meetings or other essential communications, it doesn’t always work in every situation. You need to be aware that not all the features on the Zoom mobile app are included as it does on the desktop version. For example, there are limited display options on the Zoom app. You can only have four faces on the screen at a time, whereas on the desktop you can have up to 25 faces. Also, if you are using an android phone you won’t be able to use the virtual background feature that comes with Zoom. Also, depending on how old your phone is, (iPhone 7 or earlier) you may not be able to record meetings. Having said that, Zoom is still a great app and we will explain why and how it works on mobile.
Step One: Join a Meeting
Download the ‘Zoom Cloud Meetings’ App in the app store. Once installed, click open and you will see an opportunity to join a meeting.
You don’t need a Zoom account to join a meeting, all you need is the meeting ID which you can receive from the Zoom host. They may also send you a password if it is required. Once joined, you can select two options, if you would like to ‘connect to audio’ and ‘turn off my video.’ You can then click the ‘Join Meeting’ button to join.
Step Two: Host a Meeting
If you want to host a meeting, you can sign up or sign in if you already have an account. To make it much easier and faster, you can also log in with your Google or Facebook account. If you are using iPhone, you can allow Zoom to access your calendar to send you notifications.
Once logged in, you can see the menu at the top, this is where all the magic happens! You have the options to start a new meeting, join an existing meeting, schedule a meeting or share your screen.
So if you want to start hosting a meeting with clients, the first thing you need to do is click the ‘New Meeting’ link and decide if you want the ‘video on.’ The other option will ask if you want to use your ‘Personal Meeting ID’. You will want this on with the people you have regular meetings with. This is what they will use to access the meeting you are hosting and they can use this to access a meeting whenever a meeting is live. The only time they will not be able to join is if you lock the meeting or use the waiting room feature.
You then want to click ‘start a meeting’. Ensure you give zoom access to your microphone and record audio once you enter the meeting.
The first thing that is really important when you are hosting a meeting is your meeting ID and password at the top of the screen. You will need to send this to your participants if you want them to join your meeting.
Step three: Invite participants
When you want to invite participants to join your meeting, you need to click ‘participants’ at the bottom of the screen. On the next screen you can select ‘invite’ on the bottom left. A new window will appear with many options on how to invite participants to your meeting. These will include messenger, email or your already saved Zoom contacts. For example, if you want to invite someone via a text message, you need to click this option, find the person you want to send the Zoom meeting link to and don’t forget to send them the ID and password! Once the link is clicked on a mobile phone, the participant will be taken to the Zoom app or the app store where they can download it.
As a host, other options you have on the participants tab is ‘chat’ if you want to send a message. You can also mute all participants by clicking the ‘mute all’ button. The benefit of this button means participants are not distracted by other noises and more focus will be on what the host is saying. You can then ‘unmute all’ or give them the option to unmute themselves.
Step Four: Share Content
Other features on the meeting controls toolbar are to share content. Once you click on this link you will see a number of options including documents, photos or website URL. There is also a whiteboard feature where you can scribble notes or do a drawing which is great for teaching.
To the left on your meeting controls you will see a ‘stop video’. This is useful if you don’t want to be seen by your participants. And on the far left of the meeting controls you will find the ‘mute/unmute’ button which comes in handy if you don’t want to be heard or to prevent background noise from hijacking the meeting. To the very right of the controls you will see three dots where you have more options that you can play around with such as ‘reactions.’ Another thing that should be mentioned is that if you are using an iPhone 8 or above you can also make use of the virtual background feature that is located on the meeting controls.
Step Five: Settings + Extra hidden tips
As a host, there are many options for the settings of your meeting. You will find ‘meeting settings’ when you click on the three dots and you can select different options to suit your meeting preferences.
Once your meeting comes to an end, you can click on the ‘end meeting’ button. This is located on the top right side of the screen. Once clicked, you’ll have the option to ‘end meeting’ (ending it for everyone) or ‘leave meeting’ (which allows participants to continue to communicate among each other).
When you are back on the dashboard of the app you can click ‘schedule a meeting.’ Here is where you can fill out all the relevant information for scheduling your next meeting. This includes date, time, and if you want to have a meeting password. If you have an iPhone, you can link your calendar with the Zoom app. This is a very useful feature as it can send you notifications of upcoming meetings. When scheduling a meeting, if you select ‘advanced options’ you can also record your meetings for future reference. Once you have completed all the options you can select ‘done.’
Going back to the dashboard, you can use the ‘share screen’ option. You will need to share your meeting ID from a Zoom room that is already active to use this feature.
In the middle of the dashboard screen you can ‘add contacts.’ A window will pop up giving you the option to add contacts by email or by phone. Once added you can chat with participants.
Finally, within your settings you can adjust all your default options for meetings, chat, contacts and about details.
Hopefully this has been a good summary of how to use Zoom on your mobile phone. The best way to learn is just by giving it a go.