Being able to connect virtually with friends and coworkers to talk about projects, catch up on news, or just hang out is increasingly essential since so many of us now work from home. Because it allows you to have multiple people on a call at once and offers a highly useful, entirely free tier, Zoom is one of the most often used services for this purpose.
We walk you through setting up Zoom on your Mac and exploring some of its capabilities in this article.
Install the Zoom app on your Mac
Prior to utilizing Zoom, you must download the macOS program and create a free account. As of right now, the App Store does not have it. Instead, you will need to go to www.zoom.us and click the Sign Up, It’s Free button located in the upper-right corner of the screen.
Click the Sign-Up button after entering your information, which includes your work email address and date of birth. This will deliver a confirmation email to your address; upon receipt, click the Sign In button to return to the Zoom website and finish completing the other fields in order to finish creating your account.
You must install the desktop application before you can start scheduling or attending meetings. You can choose to download the Zoom client straight from this page, or you can click the Resources tab located in the upper-right corner of your account page and choose to download the Zoom client.
A zoom.pkg file will be left in your Downloads folder by the client when it has completed downloading. To install the software, double-click on this and adhere to the prompts.
Zoom isn’t available on the App Store, so if your security settings are preventing you from installing the app, it doesn’t always signal that something is wrong. For instructions on overcoming this limitation, see How to open a Mac app from an unknown developer.
The main screen will appear when you run the app after it has been installed. That’s all; now you can begin speaking.
How to use Zoom on Mac
Four sizable buttons and a calendar with upcoming meetings listed are the only features on the primary Zoom Home screen. The New Meeting, Join, Schedule, and Share Screen buttons are on the toolbar. Here’s how to utilize them, but they should be very obvious.
This is where a new call would be started, as the name would imply. This button indicates the presence of a drop-down menu with more selections, as you can see by the down arrow that appears after it. You have two options when you click on the arrow: Use my Personal Meeting ID (PMI) with the number shown below to begin the movie.
How to set up and use Zoom on Mac: New Meeting
Zoom’s primary function is video calling, thus by default, it is set to start with video. However, if you would rather have more control over whether and when you share video with others, you can uncheck the corresponding box. Within Zoom, of course, there are simple controls that let you turn the video on and off during a call.
Utilizing your Personal Meeting Room—which Zoom advises is best saved for quick meetings with those you communicate with frequently—is how Use my Personal Meeting ID (PMI) differs slightly from other options. It’s ideal for brief meetings with coworkers because they can join at any time by just entering your Personal Meeting ID.
A new call is made only by clicking the New Meeting button. To begin your first call, you will probably be prompted to allow Zoom to use the audio from your computer and camera. Once you have granted permission, you can proceed with the call.
Your camera will show you on the screen, and dragging the mouse down the screen will display a menu of settings at the bottom. These are in order from left to right:
Mute: disables your microphone.
Cease Recording: – switches off your camera.
You can use security to lock down the meeting so that no one else can enter, to allow attendees to utilize the waiting room (approval required for every new participant), and to provide access to additional features.
Participants: Gives you the option to mute all attendees, just a few, or everyone.
Record the call and turn it into an MP4 video.
Useful emojis for the call are called reactions.
Why Can’t I Download Zoom?
Prior to downloading and installing Zoom on Mac, there are a few requirements that must be met. For instance, in order to use the video conferencing platform, you need to install the Zoom App, at least the Global Minimum Version.
You’ll also need to get into your Mac’s security settings and allow the download of programs from unknown developers.
For assistance with adjusting the ‘Privacy & Security’ section settings, see ‘How to Download and Install Zoom App on Mac.’