With recent high demand on video calling, zoom has become a key platform when it comes to calling a group of friends, family or co-workers.
Be cautious if using a cellular data network, as this will use your data or prepaid allowance depending on the mobile plan you are using. Video calling can use quite a bit of internet if calling for extended periods of time.
If you want to download this program in advance, you can visit www.zoom.us/download on a computer or search for the Zoom app in your devices app store on a smart phone or tablet.
By clicking on the link, you will be prompted to download Zoom if you haven’t already or taken straight into the call if Zoom is installed on your device. When joining, you can opt to have your audio and video turned off, giving you time to prepare yourself.
If you have only been given the Meeting ID, you can open up the Zoom application on your desired device and enter this ID to gain access. You will then be asked for a password, so be sure to ask the host for this information as well if it has not been provided.
- If muted, you will see a microphone with a red strikethrough icon.
- If you camera is turned off, you will see a camera with a red strike through.
If you can’t hear someone, make sure you check the sound is turned up on your device and is using the correct speaker system. This is also a great way to test inviting people or joining a call for yourself.
Zoom allows for screen sharing on desktop, tablet and mobile devices running Zoom. The host and attendees can screen share by clicking the Share Screen icon. Be sure to select the share computer sound option if you are wanting to share your screen with audio as well. Virtual background
The virtual background feature allows you to display a custom image or video as your background during a call. This feature works best with a green screen and uniform lighting, to allow Zoom to detect the difference between you and your background. Gallery view
Gallery view allows you to view a thumbnail of all participants in a call. This is generally displayed as a grid pattern and helps when you are wanting to view everyone at once rather than just who is talking. A yellow box will illuminate around the video of who is talking or where sound is coming from. Recording calls
Calls can be recorded only by the host to be used at a later date. Zoom recommends the host asks for your permission, however there is no option to opt out of the recording. If a call is being recorded, you will be notified by an indicator on the top left hand corner of the call. A host can also give permissions to a participant to begin calling too.
Never share your Zoom login credentials (email/password) to anyone! This will stop people from controlling the calls you are planning on hosting and keep your personal information safe. Never share your meeting ID or password
If leaked, anyone can join using this ID at any time if they have the correct password. Keep unwanted guests out of your calls by protecting your meeting ID’s and passwords. Don’t use public social media to share Invites
Only use private messaging tools or one-to-one conversation to share call information to keep it secure. Don’t send invites out too early
‘Zoom-bombing’ has become a trend where someone within your call shares the ID, making accessible to someone you haven’t authorised. Although this could happen on any call, if you don’t share the link early then it can reduce the risk of it being leaked. Remember everyone could see or hear you anytime….
Even if you are whispering, your microphone could pick up your audio. Even if you are on mute, people can still see you when your camera is on! Don’t forget you are visible to many when on call.