How to set up a Zoom meeting

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Learning how to set up a Zoom meeting is a fairly simple process, and an essential skill when you're working from home or looking to catch up with folks you can't see in-person.

Zoom is one the best video chat apps right now because it's free for personal use and can accommodate large video calls. Fitness instructors, teachers and managers are among the millions that have taken to Zoom to conduct meetings now that many of us are working from home more. 

If you're looking for a fun video chat platform for playing games with friends, consider learning how to use Houseparty. But if you need a service that's more professional, or you need to run a class or presentation, you'll want to learn how to use Zoom. 

And if you're simply looking to enter a conference, not start one, we have a separate guide on how to join a Zoom meeting. And once you're in a meeting, have some fun by figuring out how to change your Zoom background.

But if you're looking to quickly and easily set up a Zoom meeting for colleagues to join, here's how to get started.

How to set up a Zoom meeting from a computer 

Step 1: Open the Zoom app on your computer, or download it (opens in new tab) if you haven't already.

Step 2: Sign in to Zoom, or make an account if it's your first time using Zoom.

How to set up a Zoom meeting

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Step 3: Click the orange camera icon that reads 'New Meeting' to start a meeting. 

How to set up a Zoom meeting

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Step 4:  Click the 'Join With Computer Audio' icon to start your Zoom meeting. Your camera should turn on and you can now manage your meeting settings with the dashboard on the bottom of your screen.

How to set up a meeting in Zoom

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How to set up a Zoom meeting from a phone with the Zoom app

Step 1: Open the Zoom app or download it if you haven't already.

Step 2: Sign in to Zoom, or make an account if it's your first time using the Zoom app.

Step 3: Click the orange camera icon that reads 'New Meeting.'

How to set up a Zoom meeting

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Step 4: Click 'Start a Meeting' to begin your Zoom meeting.

How to set up a meeting in Zoom

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As a Zoom meeting host, be sure to check out our guide on Zoom-bombing: How to trolls out of your Zoom meeting. And make sure you figure out how to see everyone on Zoom.

Kate Kozuch is an editor at Tom’s Guide covering smartwatches, TVs and everything smart-home related. Kate also appears on Fox News to talk tech trends and runs the Tom's Guide TikTok account (opens in new tab), which you should be following. When she’s not filming tech videos, you can find her on an exercise bike, mastering the NYT Crossword or channeling her inner celebrity chef.