In a web browser, Zoom lets you participate in Zoom meetings and webinars without the need to install any plugins or software. Using the web client, users can join Zoom meetings using their web browser without having to download the application. This can help those who cannot install or download applications. Participants joining through the web client do not need to have a Zoom account by default, but the host can require authentication.
Depending on your settings, you can choose whether the Join From Browser link appears automatically or only after the participants have attempted to download the Zoom client.
- Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Chromium Edge are the most suitable browsers to use the web client. For more information, see the web client features list.
- Internet Explorer (IE) 11 will cease to be supported by Microsoft on August 17, 2021. Due to this date, Zoom will end support for IE on September 30, 2021. Zoom can still be used on IE, but we will no longer be supporting it, fixing IE-related issues, or providing customer support related to it.
- The web client does not allow panelists to join a webinar practice session.
Prerequisites for using the web client
- Chrome Edge 80 or higher
- Version 53.0.2785 of Google Chrome
- Version 10.0.602.1.50 of Safari
- Compatible with Firefox 76 or later
- And Internet Explorer 10
- Microsoft will cease supporting Internet Explorer 11 on August 17, 2021. Based on this date, Zoom will no longer support Internet Explorer after September 30, 2021. However, Zoom will no longer support IE, fix IE issues, or offer customer support for IE after this date.
- The Join From Browser link has been disabled.
On the mobile version of web browsers, the web client is not supported.
How to start or join meetings and webinars with the web client
Join a meeting or webinar
Meetings and webinars can be joined directly from Zoom through a web browser, eliminating the need to download Zoom.
- Find the meeting invitation link in your email or calendar.
- Join the meeting by clicking the link.
- Click Cancel if you are prompted to open or install the Zoom desktop client.
- Click Join from your browser at the bottom of the page.
- if you do not see this option, make sure you have the latest version of your browser.
- Click Join From Browser to enable it.
- Enter your Zoom credentials if prompted. Create a Zoom account if you do not have one.
If your name and the meeting password were not included in the join link, you will be prompted to enter them.
- Click on Join.
Start a scheduled meeting or webinar
- You can access Zoom’s web portal by logging in.
- From the navigation menu, select Meetings or Webinars.
- Choose the meeting you wish to attend.
- Click Start Meeting in the top-right corner.
- If Zoom prompts you to launch the desktop client, click Cancel..
- Click the Join from Browser link.
- If you don’t see this option, you should enable Join From Browser.
Start an instant meeting
- Access Zoom’s web portal by logging in.
- Click the HOST A MEETING button in the top-right corner next to your profile picture to start a screen-only meeting, video-only meeting, or video-on meeting.
- Click Cancel when you are prompted to open Zoom.
- Click Join in the browser.
- If you do not see this option, make sure that Join From Browser is enabled.
Start join audio
For the host’s account, you can join the audio from a computer, a telephone, or by calling me. Toll-free numbers and Call Me numbers require audio conferencing plans.
- Click the Join Audio button to join the audio.
- You can join through the Phone Call, Computer Audio, or Call Me tabs.
- Dial in by phone according to the instructions on the screen.
- You can switch between microphones and speakers after joining computer audio by clicking Mute/Unmute in the lower left corner.
- You can choose the country of the phone you wish to call from the drop-down menu, then enter the number you wish to contact. If you would like to store this number for future meetings, check Remember this number on this computer. on Call me.
How to use the web client while in a meeting
In Gallery view and Speaker view, you can view up to nine specific participant videos if a host spotlights them. Additionally, you can stop all incoming video, which is useful if your internet bandwidth is limited or if you want to avoid mental fatigue.
- Click Participants in the meeting controls.
- Click the Invite button in the lower-left corner of the Participants panel to invite attendees to the meeting.
- You will have different options depending on your account’s add-ons, if you are a host, and if you are logged in.
- Invite your existing Zoom contacts.
- Meeting Rooms:
- Access the Zoom Rooms you have access to.
- In this case, you will have the option of sending an email with your default email client, Gmail, Yahoo, or copying the URL or copying the entire invitation.
- Call Out:
- Participants can be contacted by phone if you have an audio conference plan. Enter their name, select their country, enter their phone number, choose whether you want them to hear a greeting or require them to press 1 before connecting. Then click Invite.
- Room System:
- If you have the Cloud Room Connector add-on, you can view the information for an H.323 or SIP room system to join the call or invite them by calling their IP address.
Share your screen
- From the meeting toolbar, choose Share Screen.
- Choose the screen you wish to share and choose Share. If you are using multiple monitors, you will see each one.
Share an application window by clicking the Window tab, selecting the application, and clicking Share.
- When sharing an application, it is possible that live changes made to a document will not appear for others. The issue can be resolved by stopping your share and restarting it, or by displaying your entire screen.
- If several applications are open at the same time in Windows 10, users will see limited sharing options. If the application you want to share is not listed, close unnecessary applications and try again.
- You can even share specific Chrome tabs when connected.
- Below are the controls available when screen sharing:
- The shared screen appears as a notification at the top of your Zoom meeting window. Click Pause Share to pause screen sharing.
- Click Resume Screen Sharing to resume screen sharing. Click Stop Share to stop screen sharing.
- A floating notification bar will appear in your browser. Click Stop sharing to stop screen sharing. You can hide the floating notification bar by clicking Hide.
- Click the upward arrow beside the Share screen button to change who has access to screen sharing.
Request remote control
You can remotely control another participant’s screen while screen sharing.
- At the top of the screen share, click View Options and then Request Remote Control.
- Once the request has been confirmed, click Share.
- Control Click the participant’s computer within the screen share. At the top, click Give Up Remote Control.
Use webinar Q&A
If the host has enabled these features, you can ask, upvote, and comment on questions.
- Click Q&A in the webinar control panel.
- The controls are as follows:
- You can type a question in the text box.
- Clicking the thumbs up icon allows you to upvote or comment on a question that has already been asked. Upvoted questions are sorted alphabetically.
Start a cloud recording
Click Record as the host to record the meeting in the Zoom cloud. Local recordings are not supported by Zoom.
Add and launch polls
In the meeting controls, click Participants to manage participants. Some features may not be available on web clients. Check the web client’s features for more information.
Use webinar Q&A
You can manage attendees’ questions when you host, co-host, or appear on a panel by clicking Q&A.
Use Mask Background
Similarly to the virtual background feature, this feature allows you to keep part of your face visible in the meeting while masking your background. You can do this by:
- Join a meeting or start one.
- Click More and then Settings in the meeting control panel.
- Select Background from the drop-down menu.
- Select an image from your computer’s hard drive.
- You can mirror your video view by clicking Mirror my video (optional). This may feel more natural to some users.
- (Optional) Click on the shape in the video preview window to adjust the shape and location of the cutout. You can choose from three options (Circle, Rectangle, Heart), and click on any of them to change the shape. Click-and-drag the shape around the video preview window to change the location.
- Press X to close the Settings window and return to the meeting.
Add more images to use as a background:
- Join a meeting or start one.
- Select Settings from the meeting controls.
- Select the Background tab.
- Select your file browser by clicking the + button.
- Choose the image you wish to use and click Open.
- The image will become available as a background. If you wish to use it, click it.
Use other features
Please see the detailed list of features in the web client for more information.