Meetings and Webinars - Joining & Starting
There are several ways to join a meeting: instant meeting through an email invite, an instant messaging invite, from the browser, from the Zoom desktop and mobile application, from a landline or mobile phone, and with a H.323 or SIP device.
Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from our Download Center. Otherwise, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link.
You can also join a test meeting to familiarize yourself with Zoom.
If you are the meeting host and need to start or join a scheduled meeting, there are several ways that you can join the meeting. As the host, you can start the meeting from the Zoom desktop client for Mac, PC or Linux, the Zoom app for Android or iOS, your web browser, or an H.323 or SIP device.
See the How do I start or join a scheduled meeting as the host? help article for more information.
With the UND Enterprise license, users can host up to 2 meetings at the same time. Both meetings need to be started by the original meeting host and cannot be started by an alternative host. The host can leave the meeting and pass host privileges to another user if needed.
See the Can I Host Concurrent Meetings? help article for more information.
The feature to join multiple meetings or webinars simultaneously from the Zoom desktop client allows participants to participate in or monitor multiple meetings or webinars at the same time. This is ideal for support staff who may need to monitor multiple sessions at the same time.
Once the setting is enabled, you can join multiple meetings by using the join URL or navigating to https://zoom.us/join and entering the meeting ID. The Join button in the Zoom client will only work for the first meeting that you join.
See the Joining multiple meetings simultaneously on desktop help article for more information.
Breakout rooms are sessions that are split off from the main Zoom meeting. They allow the participants to meet in smaller groups, and are completely isolated in terms of audio and video from the main session. Breakout rooms can be used for collaboration and discussion of the meeting.
See the Participating in breakout rooms help article for more information.
You can join a test Zoom meeting to familiarize yourself with Zoom, in addition to testing your microphone/speakers before joining a Zoom meeting. You can also test your video or audio while in a Zoom meeting.
See the Joining a test meeting help article for more information.
Participants who are unable to install Zoom can join a meeting or webinar using the Zoom web client on their desktop web browser. The Zoom web client offers limited functionality.
The Join from your browser link will appear after the user clicks on the link to join the meeting. You can automatically include a Join from your browser link or you can require participants to attempt to download Zoom first.
The participant can click on Join from your browser. They will be prompted to enter their name and then be able to join the meeting.
See the Show a "Join from your browser" Link help article for more information.
Breakout rooms allow you to split your Zoom meeting in up to 50 separate sessions. The meeting host can choose to split the participants of the meeting into these separate sessions automatically or manually, or they can allow participants to select and enter breakout sessions as they please. The host can switch between sessions at any time.