Step by Step for Joining a Zoom Meeting from Various Devices

When you received the invitation info for the meeting, you will see the join link within the email or text message. This is a link that looks like https://zoom.us/j/10DigitMeetingID

If you did not receive a “link” and have only received a “Meeting ID” and a password, that is fine too. Just type the following into your web browser:

zoom.us/j/YourMeetingID
(replace YourMeetingID with the meeting ID number that was shared with you).

Clicking (or typing) that link will join you to the meeting. Find the appropriate section below for your specific device.

If you would prefer to not use an “app” and just dial into the meeting using only your phone, please see this article (note you won’t have video): http://jwtechnicalhelp.com/2020/04/joining-the-zoom-meeting-with-audio-only-via-a-telephone-call-in/

Joining from a Computer

If you are joining the meeting from a computer, you will be prompted to download and run a small program once you click on the invitation link. Your internet web browser will open and then show a similar message to the one on the right.

On a PC: Installing the Zoom Application

Once the small program downloads, click on it (as shown in the screenshot below):

Once you’ve clicked on the program to install, you will see a similar screen shown below.

 you might be prompted to “allow this app to make changes to your device“? This is okay and go ahead and click on the “Yes” button.

Zoom will now ask for your name, which is how others will know who you are when you are connected to the meeting. If you are assigned to comment, please make sure you use your first and last names to avoid any confusion. Some congregations are also putting the number of listeners at the end of the name, so that they can get an accurate count of how many are listening (not just the number of connections to the meeting).

You will now be connected to the meeting. It will now prompt you to choose how you would like to connect to the audio portion of the meeting. You have two options:
1) Connect audio by using your computer
2) Connect audio by using a telephone
I will describe how to connect using both methods below, but performing only one is necessary.

On a Mac: Installing the Zoom Application

Once the small program downloads, click on it (as shown in the screenshot to the right):

The installation will continue pretty quickly and the Zoom application will start, as shown in the screenshot to the right.

If you clicked on the meeting invite link, then you will also be automatically connected to the meeting in a new window.

You will now be connected to the meeting. It will now prompt you to choose how you would like to connect to the audio portion of the meeting. You have two options:
1) Connect audio by using your computer
2) Connect audio by using a telephone
I will describe how to connect using both methods below, but performing only one is necessary.

On a PC or Mac: Connecting to Audio from Your Computer

If you choose to connect via your computer, you will see a screen like the one to the right:

Click on the blue button that says “Join with Computer Audio“. This will use your computer speakers (or headphones if you are plugged into your computer) to join the meeting.

If you click on the arrow next to the microphone, you will have additional options including the option to change which speakers and microphone you are using (if you have other options), as well as other settings.

If you would like to un-mute yourself, click on the “Unmute” microphone icon. To mute yourself, click on the “Mute” microphone icon.

This is how the icons will look if you are muted and not sharing your video.

This is how the icons will look if you are un-muted and not sharing your video.

Connecting to Audio from Your Telephone Dial-In

To join via a standard telephone dial-in, at the Audio Conference option screen, click on the “Phone Call” section. This will display a list of telephone dial-in numbers that you can use (any number is fine), along with the Meeting ID that you will need to enter when prompted. You will also be asked for your Participant ID which you will need to enter when prompted.

Once you dial into the meeting, Zoom will see that you are connected and it will show you a confirmation on the screen, like the one to the right.

The icon in the lower left of the Zoom window will now show a telephone, and will automatically be muted. To un-mute your connection, click on the telephone icon. To mute the connection again, click on the telephone icon again.

Joining from an Apple or Android device

First, install the “Zoom Cloud Meetings” app from your devices “App Store”.

For Apple Devices: click this link if you are on your mobile device

For Android Devices: click on this link if you are on your mobile device

Open the Zoom mobile app and click on the “Join a Meeting” button. There is no need to “Sign up” or to “Sign in”.

On Apple Devices
On Android Devices

Next, enter the “Meeting ID” that you received to join the meeting. If you clicked a link to join the meeting, the meeting ID will automatically be filled in.

For “Screen Name” enter your name, followed by how many listeners are listening to the meeting. For example: “Smith-3
This will help us get an accurate count of everyone who is listening/watching the meeting.

Optional: You can turn off your video by enabling the “Turn off My Video” option by tapping the slider next to the option.

On Apple Devices
On Android Devices

Now you will be connected to the meeting.
For assistance with using your video in Zoom, please see this article: http://jwtechnicalhelp.com/2020/04/using-video-with-zoom/

If your video is already connected and there are no issues, please see this article below which will help you use the Zoom app during the meeting: http://jwtechnicalhelp.com/2020/04/using-the-attendee-controls-during-a-meeting/

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