Get started with your new Zoom account with this quick start guide, which walks you through scheduling your first meeting, downloading the Zoom client, and updating your Zoom profile. You can read this quick start guide for a summary of your next steps, whether you just signed up for your own Zoom account or have been invited to an existing one.
How to sign up and activate your Zoom account
Join an existing account
Zoom will email you (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are being invited to an existing account. Click Accept Request when you receive the email.
By accepting the invite to the other account, you will have your profile details (name, profile picture, time zone, etc), scheduled meetings and webinars, cloud recordings, IM history, contacts, and settings transferred, but you will not receive any reports. We recommend that you access and download any reports you may need before accepting the invitation. The invitation is valid for 30 days.
Create your own account
Visit the Zoom sign-up page and enter your email address to register for a free account. Zoom will send you an email (email@example.com). To activate your account, click the link in the email.
How to sign in to your Zoom account on the web
At any time, you can sign in to your Zoom account on the web at zoom.us/signin. Zoom’s web portal can be navigated by using the panel on the left side once you are logged in. Among other things, you can update your profile, schedule a meeting, and edit your settings.
How to update your profile
Add a profile picture, set your time zone, update your password, and more by updating your profile. Zoom’s web portal allows you to access your profile by logging in and clicking Profile.
How to schedule your first meeting
- Log in to your Zoom account.
- Select Meetings.
- To schedule a meeting, click Schedule.
- Set the date and time for the meeting.
- (Optional) Select any other settings you wish.
- Then click Save.
How to download the Zoom client
Our Downloads page provides links to Zoom Desktop Clients for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS, as well as the Zoom Mobile App for iOS and Android.
How to start a test meeting
If you want to familiarize yourself with Zoom and test your microphone/speakers before attending a Zoom meeting, you can attend a test meeting. You can join the meeting by going to zoom.us/test.
How to start your first meeting as the host
You can start your meeting in several ways as the host. Zoom’s desktop client or mobile app will display your upcoming meetings under the Meetings tab. If you want to start a meeting, click Start. Zoom meetings can also be started from the web portal.
- Log in to your Zoom web account.
- Click on Meetings.
- Choose the meeting you wish to begin under Upcoming.
- When the meeting begins, Zoom should automatically launch.
How to invite others to join your meeting
You can share the invitation or join link with others to invite them to your meeting. This is done by clicking Copy the Invitation after scheduling the meeting.
How to join another user’s meeting
There are many ways to participate in a meeting, but the easiest way is to click the join link provided by the meeting host. Clicking Join in your Zoom client is another option. Keep the meeting invite information close at hand in case you are asked for a meeting passcode.