This article provides some best practices for Zoom participants.

Getting Started

  • Review the System Requirements section of the Zoom Support Page
  • Attend Zoom meetings where you have a strong internet connection.  A fast hard-wired connection or excellent Wi-Fi signal strength are key.
  • Public Wi-Fi hotspots are not usually strong enough for a quality connection.
  • Open a Zoom meeting ahead of time to familiarize yourself with the settings.

Audio and Video

  • A USB headset with microphone is best for sound quality.
  • The host controls the availability of participant microphones and webcams in the meeting.
  • A red bar over the microphone icon on the toolbar indicate that you are muted and other participants cannot hear you.  Click on the microphone icon to switch between Mute and Unmute (See Fig. 1).

    Figure 1: Mute and Unmute microphone

  • A red bar over the webcam icon on the toolbar indicates that your video is hidden.  Participants cannot see you.  Click on the webcam icon to switch between Start Video and Stop Video (See Fig. 2).

    Figure 2: Start and Stop webcam

  • Test your audio. Click on the ^ icon next to the Microphone icon and click Test Speak & Microphone in the menu (See Fig. 3).

    Figure 3: Test Speaker & Microphone

  • Your computer may have more than one option for microphone and speaker.  Select your preferred options in the Select a Microphone and Select a Speaker section of the menu (See Fig. 4).

    Figure 4: Set preferred speaker and microphone

Online Meeting Tools

  • Meeting leaders may allow participants to use the Share Screen feature to display content in the meeting.  Content items can include slide decks, applications, web pages, etc.
  • Annotation tools - The meeting leader may allow meeting participants access to Annotation Tools in the meeting.  With Annotation Tools, attendees may markup and highlight information displayed during a Share Screen.
  • Breakout Sessions - Meeting leaders may create small-group Breakout Sessions within the main online meeting.  The meeting leader is in charge of starting and stopping the Breakout Sessions.

Share Screen Tools

Hosts and participants can use the Share Screen tool, if enabled.  Only one person can Share Screen at a time. (Each Breakout Session may have its own Share Screen activity.

Mobile Apps

Attend a meeting on a desktop or a laptop for the best host or participant experience.

There are mobile apps available for both iOS and Android devices.  Keep in mind that some features may not be available on mobile apps, including some options for the Share Screen tool.


Modified on: Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 10:52 AM

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