What you need
Before you can participate in any Zoom meeting your device needs the Zoom software downloaded and installed. A quick and easy way to do this is follow this handy link for a Zoom Test Page before you join a meeting for real. If it is the first time you have used Zoom, this link will prompt you to download and install the relevant software for your PC, smartphone or tablet.
To get started
You do not need a Zoom account to join a meeting, only if you want to be the person hosting and scheduling the meeting.
To join a meeting, the host will have emailed or texted you a link to click on that allows you to join the meeting at the appropriate time. Just click on it.
A box will open in your screen window asking you to ‘Open this page in Zoom’. Click on ‘open’ (in some versions it says Allow or OK – all have the same effect.) The screen will display four choices – choose Join.
Sound: Just before you enter the meeting a button highlighted in blue will ask if you want to join using your computer or phone’s audio – click on the blue button (unless you have an alternative sound system connected to your device.)
Once in the meeting, make sure your sound is not muted by looking for the microphone icon. If it’s muted it will have a diagonal bar across it. To turn it on or off, just click on it.
Camera: To make yourself visible to others in the meeting make sure video is turned on. If the camera icon has a diagonal bar across it, click on the icon to turn video on to make yourself visible to others in the meeting. The screen by default shows the person speaking and everyone else in thumbnail size windows.
If you want to see everyone in equal size windows look for the grid icon in the top right corner of the screen and select Gallery View. You can toggle backwards and forwards between this view and Speaker View.
To end the meeting, click on Leave Meeting in the bottom right hand corner.