How to Use Zoom on an iPhone

Tips on using the Zoom app for iPhone

Zoom has become one of the most popular web conferencing services to keep friends, family, and co-workers connected despite being physically remote. You can send and receive Zoom calls on your computer desktop, but rather than being tied down to a desk, it's often easier to use the service on a mobile device like the iPhone. Here's how to use Zoom on iPhone, including how to join a Zoom call and how to start one.

How to Join a Call Using the Zoom App for iPhone

While anyone can start a Zoom call and invite others, most of the time, you'll probably find yourself joining other people's Zoom calls. It's really easy to do this, since you don't even need a Zoom account to join a meeting. You simply need to enter the meeting ID and password in the Zoom app on your iPhone. 

  1. If you haven't already done so, install the Zoom app on your iPhone. 

  2. Join the meeting. If someone sent you an invitation to the Zoom meeting via email, tap the Meeting link in the invitation email message. The Zoom app should start.

    If you don't have a link but someone sent you the meeting ID, start the Zoom app and then tap Join a Meeting. Enter the meeting ID and then tap Join. Next, you'll also need to enter the meeting password.

  3. In the Zoom app, you'll need to choose whether you want to allow Zoom to use the camera (if you want to be seen in Zoom meetings, tap OK). After giving the app permission to use the camera, you'll see the Video Preview screen. 

  4. To hide the background of your room, tap the Plus sign at the bottom of the screen and choose a background image to place behind you. When you're satisfied, tap Done

  5. Choose whether you want to join with or without video. 

    Screenshots of joining a Zoom meeting on iPhone.
  6. After a moment, the meeting host should admit you to the meeting. 

  7. You may be asked if you want to use Internet Audio. If you want to be heard in the meeting, tap Call using Internet Audio

  8. You're now in the meeting; you can see others and talk to participate. If you need to see the meeting options, tap your screen. At the bottom of the screen, you can tap options to stop your phone's camera, mute your microphone, and share content like your screen, a photo, or web site with the meeting attendees. To chat privately with a meeting attendee, tap Participants and then tap the person you want to chat with.

  9. To end the call, tap Leave at the top of the screen.

How to Use Zoom on iPhone to Start a Zoom Meeting

 

If you want to host your own Zoom meeting, you need to create a Zoom account. You can do that in a web browser on your desktop computer, or in the Zoom app. If you haven't already done so, install the Zoom app on your iPhone and then tap Sign Up or Sign In at the bottom of the app's screen and follow the instructions to create an account or sign in with your existing Zoom account credentials. 

  1. To create a meeting, tap New Meeting at the top of the screen (you can also tap Schedule to start a meeting later). 

  2. On the Start a Meeting screen, tap Start a Meeting.

    Screenshots of creating a Zoom meeting on iPhone.
  3. Choose Call using Internet Audio to allow others in the meeting to hear you.

  4. At the bottom of the screen, tap Participants.

  5. Tap Invite and, in the pop-up menu, choose how you want to invite other attendees. The easiest methods are to send an email or send a text message. 

  6. When your recipients gets the invitation, they may go to the Waiting Room, and you'll need to admit them to the meeting. In the dialog box at the top of the screen, tap Admit. If you miss this dialog box, tap Participants and then tap Admit next to anyone who's waiting to join. 

    Screenshot of the waiting Room message on a Zoom meeting on iPhone.