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This is a short list of simple instructions to pass along to the people you invite to your Zoom meeting.

What Participants Need To Get Started

· An internet connected computer, laptop, or mobile device

· Your meeting ID #

· A webcam, computer microphone, headset or ear buds (if you’re participating with a laptop)

· A phone (if you’re unable to receive audio via your computer, laptop, or device)

How to Launch Zoom and Participate in a Meeting

When you’re invited to participate in a Zoom meeting, you’ll receive instructions similar to what you see below. You can either click on the link provided, or go to the Zoom web site at and click on “Join a Meeting” where you can enter the 9 or 10-digit Meeting ID number. Audio is integrated in the meeting. However, you have the option to participate via audio-only if a web connected device is not available.

While You’re Waiting for the Meeting to Begin

You’ll be presented with a screen that says, "Please wait for the host to start this meeting," if the host hasn’t started the meeting at the time you join. We recommend that you check your audio settings while waiting for the meeting to start. Furthermore, we recommend that laptop users participate with a headset to avoid audio feedback.


Join By Computer Audio

Once you join the meeting you will be asked whether you want to join using your computer audio or join by using your phone.

If you’re using your computer microphone you MUST click the green button to join audio by computer. No one on the call will be able to hear you until you click this button.

If for some reason you do not see this window pop up, look for the small green arrow on the bottom left in the tool bar asking you to "Join Audio".

If your computer does not have a microphone you can join by phone using one of the toll numbers given to you in the invite. 


Audio Settings

By clicking on the small carrot next to the microphone icon, you can choose your microphone and speaker settings. It normally defaults to your built-in microphone and speakers but you can select any other microphone or speakers you have plugged in to your computer. 

Video Settings

By clicking on the small carrot next to the camera icon, you can choose which video camera you want to use. 


Audio and Video Mute and Unmute

During a session you might be asked to mute your microphone until you have a question or comment.
This helps to minimize background noise and audio feedback. Mute your audio by clicking on the microphone icon located in the lower left-hand corner of the menu bar. You can mute your video by clicking on camera icon as well. 

For more downloadable instructions to give to your participants click the link below:

Swarthmore Zoom Participant Instructions (1).pdf