How To Use Zoom on Laptop

Chris Campbell23 Jan 2022

Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service that allows you to virtually connect with people through video, audio-only, or both, while also engaging in live chats.

These days, knowing how to use Zoom is a must-have ability. It's one of the greatest video conferencing tools for holding virtual meetings. Zoom is also fantastic for remote gatherings for people who still prefer social distancing.

Video conferencing applications like Zoom have been tremendously helpful during the pandemic. They help organizations in continuing their operations and holding remote meetings with their teams and clients. Zoom allows school teachers and college professors to deliver their lessons to pupils through the internet.  Knowing how to operate Zoom has also become vital for connecting distant family members and friends to get together for social events such as parties, special celebrations, or even weddings.

So how do you use Zoom on your laptop?

How To Download Zoom on Laptop

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, virtual meetings have become increasingly important. Professionals opt for digital solutions to remain connected in global lockdowns. In the same retrospect, numerous schools and academic institutions have decided to use video conferencing applications to remotely interact with their pupils. Zoom has grown as one of the most popular video conferencing services. Cross-platform compatibility is among the reasons for its success. Zoom provides capabilities such as the ability to join a conference via an internet browser and broadcast your screen with up to 100 people.

To download Zoom on your laptop:

  • Navigate to https://zoom.us/ in your web browser, whether you’re using Google Chome, Mozilla, Internet Explorer, Opera Browser, or Safari.
  • Tap on RESOURCES, and then select "Download Zoom Client."
  • Hit the "Download" button."
  • The application will then be downloaded and will appear on your downloads and the bottom left of your screen.

How To Install Zoom on Laptop

Zoom is accessible across computers and mobile devices. Zoom attendees can also join their Zoom conference hosts using an internet browser. Furthermore, the Zoom application enables you to invite up to 100 people to a single meeting, with the Large Meeting add-on allowing you to invite up to 500 people. In the past, various privacy issues have been highlighted, which have influenced the expanding worldwide success of the Zoom program. Its development team, on the other hand, claims to have begun focusing all of its efforts on improving privacy. Zoom may become a more solid option for video conferences as a result of this.

To install Zoom on your laptop:

  • Download Zoom first. 
  • "Zoominstaller.exe" will then display at the lower left of your screen. Double-click this to begin the Zoom application installation. You may be prompted to confirm that you wish to install or make changes.
  • At such prompt, press "OK" or "Yes."
  • Zoom will then finish installing after a few minutes, and you'll see a "Start Zoom" icon on your laptop.

How To Update Zoom App on Laptop

Keeping the Zoom software on your laptop up to date is essential to ensure that your remote meetings and virtual conferences run smoothly and that you have an overall solid experience. Zoom constantly issues updates, but the Zoom application on your laptop does not update automatically. You need to therefore check for and install updates regularly.

To update the Zoom application on your laptop, follow these steps: Windows 10

  • If you're running Windows 10, go to the taskbar and click the Windows icon.

  • Scroll through your application list until you reach the Zoom folder.

  • Select the Zoom folder.

  • To open the program, double-click on Start Zoom.

  • Login into the Zoom app with SSO/NetID after it has opened (or log out and again in to ensure you're logged in with SSO).

  • Update the software by clicking your photo/initials in the top right corner.

  • Follow the instructions to update Zoom.

    Windows 8

  • Simply tap the Windows icon in the taskbar in Windows 8.

  • To view All Apps, hit the down arrow in the lower-left corner.

  • Scroll down until you see Zoom, and afterward hit Start Zoom.

  • Login into the Zoom app with SSO/NetID after it has opened (or log out and again in to ensure you're logged in with SSO).

  • Update the software by clicking your photo/initials in the top right corner.

  • Follow the instructions to update Zoom.

Mac

  • Locate the Finder icon in your dock if you're using a Mac.
  • Right-click the icon and choose New Finder Window.
  • Select Applications in the new window. Locate zoom.us in your application list and double-click its icon to launch the app.
  • Login into the Zoom app with SSO/NetID after it has opened (or log out and again in to ensure you're logged in with SSO).
  • Update the software by clicking your photo/initials in the top right corner.
  • Follow the instructions to update Zoom.

(For some, but not all, Zoom upgrades, the Zoom application will display a banner indicating "A new version is available!" Simply click Update under that banner to update your application.)

How To Cast Zoom to TV From Laptop

Using the Chromecast is one of the simplest options to cast Zoom from your laptop to TV.

To start casting:

  • Launch and sign in to your Zoom meeting.
  • Minimize the meeting tab and launch a new window of Google Chrome Browser immediately after everyone joins the meeting with their video cams turned on.
  • Three dots will appear in the upper right of the browser. Hit it and select the "Cast" option.
  • After tapping Cast, your Chromecast device will appear in the "Sources" section. Simply tap "Cast Desktop" after selecting the device.
  • After picking the Cast Desktop option, a new pop-up window will appear, displaying the screen you wish to cast. You must first choose the one where the Zoom Meeting is already in progress and then click the "Share" option.
  • The meeting will be instantly projected on the TV after hitting the Share button.
  • That's it. Now you can take advantage of a vivid virtual experience on a much larger screen.

Zoom is one of the top video conferencing services that allows you to keep in touch for professional and personal purposes, whether it's a remote team meeting or virtual happy hour with friends.

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

Thanks for reading! I'm Chris, an avid tech fanatic that enjoys keeping up with the latest laptop models. Hopefully my tips & tricks can help you out!

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