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How to Join a Zoom Meeting: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

Zoom meetings are everywhere these days. With so many people working and learning remotely, video conferencing has become an essential tool for collaboration. But if you're new to Zoom, joining a meeting can seem daunting. Have no fear! This step-by-step guide will walk you through everything you need to know to successfully join a Zoom meeting.

Section 1: Getting Set Up with Zoom

Before you can join a meeting, you'll need to get Zoom set up on your computer or mobile device. Here's how:

If you'll be using Zoom frequently, download the Zoom app. This will give you full access to all of Zoom's features. Go to and click "Download" under "Zoom Client for Meetings." Install the app on your device once the download is complete.

If this is your first time using Zoom, you can join a meeting without downloading the app. Just make sure you have the latest version of Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Safari web browser on your computer.

On a mobile device, you can join a meeting via the Zoom mobile app or your web browser. The app can be downloaded from the App Store (iPhone and iPad) or Google Play Store (Android devices).

That's it for setup! As long as you have Zoom installed or a compatible web browser, you're ready to join meetings.

Section 2: Joining a Meeting

Now comes the fun part—actually joining a meeting. Follow these steps:

On a computer:

  1. Open the Zoom desktop app or web browser.
  2. Click "Join a Meeting" if prompted. Otherwise, go to
  3. Enter the meeting ID provided by the meeting host/organizer. The meeting ID is a 9, 10, or 11-digit number.
  4. Click "Join."

On a mobile device:

  1. Open the Zoom mobile app. Tap "Join a Meeting."
  2. Enter the meeting ID and tap "Join Meeting."
  3. If prompted, enter the meeting passcode provided by the host.

That's all there is to it! You should now be joining the meeting.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • You may need to enter your name so the host knows who is joining.
  • The host may require a passcode. This will be provided to you ahead of time.
  • If you join before the host, you may be placed in a waiting room. Don't worry—the host will admit you once the meeting begins.

Section 3: Configuring Your Audio and Video

Before the meeting starts, you'll need to set up your audio and video settings. Follow these tips for the best audio/video experience:

For audio:

  • If using a desktop/laptop, join computer/device audio by clicking "Join Audio" in the dialog box.
  • On mobile, tap "Call via Device Audio." This uses your phone's mic and speakers.
  • If calling in, dial the number provided and enter the meeting ID when prompted.

For video:

  • On desktop/laptop: Click "Start Video" to turn on your webcam so others can see you.
  • On mobile: Tap the camera icon to turn on your device camera.
  • If you don't want others to see you, keep video off. But you'll still be able to see everyone else.

You can test your speakers/microphone before joining to ensure proper audio setup. Running a bandwidth test also helps avoid glitches.

Make sure you join in a quiet space without background noise so everyone can hear clearly. And adjust your video framing so your face and shoulders are visible on camera.

Section 4: Meeting Controls and Features

Once you're in the meeting, familiarize yourself with the Zoom controls and features:

  • Audio/Video buttons - Mute/unmute your microphone or turn video on/off.
  • Participants list - See who's currently in the meeting.
  • Chat - Message other participants or the group.
  • Share screen - Share your screen or a document with meeting attendees.
  • Record - Start/stop a local or cloud recording (if enabled by host).
  • Reactions - Provide visual feedback during screen sharing using icons like Clap or Thumbs Up.
  • Leave meeting - Leave the meeting while it continues for other participants.

Take advantage of tools like chat, reactions, and screen sharing to actively engage in the meeting! But keep your mic muted when you aren't speaking to minimize background noise.

If you're hosting a meeting, there are additional controls like managing participants, starting breakout rooms, and more. We don't need to get into those here, but just know the host has extra functionality.

Section 5: Get Help from Supernormal

One great way to level up your Zoom skills is using Supernormal. Supernormal is an AI-powered meeting assistant that can transcribe your meetings and create helpful meeting summaries that are formatted for the type of meeting you were in and complete with action items that you can check off and assign to teammates.

Here are just some of the things Supernormal can do:

  • Real-time transcription - Get a live transcript of the meeting typed out for you to follow along or refer back to.
  • Highlight key discussion points - Supernormal will summarize main topics and important decisions following each meeting.
  • Share meeting notes - The highlights and transcript can be easily sent to meeting participants for reference.
  • Remember action items - Flag any personal tasks that come up and get reminded to follow up later.
  • Search transcripts - Easily find key moments in past meetings by searching the transcript archive.

Supernormal takes notes so you don't have to! Its virtual assistant makes meetings more productive and collaborative for everyone. And Supernormal works seamlessly with Zoom—no installation required. Just connect your Zoom account and start your meeting as normal.

Joining Zoom Meetings with Ease

Joining a Zoom meeting for the first time may seem intimidating, but it's quite straightforward once you learn the basics. With just a Zoom install or compatible web browser, entering a meeting ID, and configuring your audio/video, you'll be ready to meet and collaborate in no time.

Remember these tips:

  • Download the Zoom app or use a current web browser
  • Enter the 9, 10, or 11-digit meeting ID assigned by the host
  • Set up your preferred audio and video options before joining
  • Use meeting features like chat, screen sharing, and reactions
  • Leverage Supernormal to transcribe meetings and provide summaries

With this handy guide, you can now hop on a Zoom call like a pro. Here's to successful video conferencing!

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