If you haven’t been asked to jump on a Zoom call this year, you’re definitely in the minority. Widely regarded as the “best-unified communication experience on mobile”, Zoom has had a massive few years, with global adoption rates rocketing to 12.92 million monthly active users as of February 2020. In fact, Zoom owns almost 48.7% of the video platform market right now, leaving Microsoft Teams, Google Meet and Skype picking up the pieces. So, if you haven’t already checked it out, here are the basics of using Zoom on your iPhone.
How do you use the Zoom app for beginners?
If you haven’t used Zoom yet, rest assured it’s super easy. All you need to do is head over to the App Store and download the free app to invite upwards of 100 people to join a Zoom call, anywhere, anytime from your iPhone or MacBook. Zoom’s call and video quality are top-notch, with easy audio to video transitions, recording capability, screen sharing and remote control options. You pretty much just need a zoom account and a stable connection to get started.
Here are the steps needed to install Zoom (iOS)
- Head over to the App Store on your iPhone and search for “ZOOM Cloud Meetings.”
- Tap the “GET” button to download the app and wait for it to install. Then, tap to open.
- Select “Sign up for Zoom”, enter your email and wait for an activation mailer to be sent.
- When you get the email, tap the “Activate Account” button. You’ll see your personal URL, and a “Start Meeting Now” button.
- Click on either of these options.
- You’ll be taken to a test meeting, with the option to “Sign In” at the bottom of the screen.
- Click through, enter your login information and, after the test is done, you’ll be ready to start using Zoom.
Can I host a webinar on Zoom?
Zoom is one of the better webinar experiences to come out of 2021. You can participate and run webinars using the Zoom iOS app, but to do this you're going to need to purchase the Zoom webinar add-on, which starts at $100 a month. You can get your webinar licence pretty quickly by heading over to the “account's billing page” or contacting someone in the Zoom sales team.
After you’ve bought your Zoom webinar (or conference) plugin, you can opt to either schedule a webinar with or without registration. In the “With Registration” section, participants registering for the event need to be manually approved. Depending on your licence, you can scale your attendees from 5000 up to 50,000 participants.
Here’s what you’ll need to do to set up a Zoom Webinar
- Sign in to your Zoom account and select “Schedule My Webinar.”
- Select your time/date and registration options and click “Invite Attendees.”
- Enable the “Q&A Feature”, which gives attendees the ability to ask questions.
- Select a few more Webinar options, like practice sessions and automatic recordings.
Can I record my Zoom meetings?
The short answer is yes. You can record meetings using the Zoom mobile app for iOS, BUT, you’re going to need the Pro Plan. Presently, Zoom doesn’t give the option to record locally from an iOS or Android device. Meetings are stored directly on the cloud, and this feature is only available to members with a paid subscription, which starts at $14.99 a month.
If you already have the Pro Plan in place, then your recordings will go straight to the cloud where you can view, share, and download them from your Zoom account.
As mentioned, to record to the cloud, you’ll need iOS: 3.5 or higher as well as a Pro, Business, or Enterprise account. And importantly, you can only record if you are the meeting host. Here’s what you’ll do to get started.
- Sign in and start your meeting as the host.
- Tap the “Record” button and select “Record to the Cloud” to begin recording.
- To stop recording, tap the “Pause”, “Stop Recording”, or “End Meeting” button.
- You’ll get a confirmation email notifying you that the meeting is in the cloud.
How to use zoom app on iphone
So, you’ve downloaded Zoom, got to grips with the app and you’re ready to run meetings from your iPhone. Here’s what you need to do to schedule and start a new Zoom meeting.
- Head over to Zoom and click the “Schedule” button.
- Set the time, time zone and date of the meeting and whether it should be repeated.
- Now you can either use your personal Zoom ID or opt for a one-time ID to be generated.
- You’ll be given an option to set up a waiting room where you control access to the call.
- Tap “Save” in the top right-hand corner of the screen, and you’ll be ready to roll.
Next, you’ll want to invite participants to your Zoom call. To do this you’ll need to open the Zoom app and sign back in (if you're not there already). Tap the “Upcoming” button and select the meeting you’d like to send an invite for. Then, tap the “Add Invitees” button and choose whether you’d like to send the invite link on Gmail, or as a message. You can also copy the link to your clipboard.