Top Tips for Zoom Video Calls
February 26, 2021
February 26, 2021
Zoom, an online, internet-based videoconferencing software option, has proven invaluable during the pandemic. Because it’s easy to use and low-cost, it’s one of the most popular ways to connect virtually, and after undergoing a privacy and security overhaul in 2020, it’s much safer. Not only are businesses, government entities, and schools leveraging the platform for meetings, collaboration, and remote learning, but also families and friends are using it to socialize and stay in touch as well. Going beyond wine nights with friends, family dinners, and play dates, participation in graduations, weddings, baby showers, and holidays has been ingeniously enabled through Zoom.
If you’re new to the platform, check out our Get Started section. Otherwise, skip on down to our Zoom Tips.
Join a meeting using your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. To be on video, you’ll need a webcam, which usually comes standard on most devices.
You’ll need a reliable Wi-Fi (or wired) internet connection with up to 3 Mbps download and 4 Mbps upload per active HD Zoom call. Cellular data is an alternative option where an internet connection is not available, but it is not recommended without unlimited data.
Tip: If you have multiple users in your household on devices, your bandwidth needs will add up quickly. If you attempt to have multiple video calls at once without the right bandwidth, you may experience buffering or a degraded video feed. You could also have zones of low Wi-Fi connectivity in your home, such as a basement bedroom. Read this article to learn how to optimize your Wi-Fi Network or contact us for a free evaluation.
You do not need to create an account to simply join a Zoom meeting. If you want to host meetings, the Basic, Personal Meeting Zoom plan is FREE and meets the needs of most users. It allows up to 100 participants, group meetings for up to 40 minutes, and unlimited one-on-one meetings. Consider upgrading your plan if you’ll be hosting calls with larger groups, your calls will be longer than 40 minutes with three or more people, or you require additional options for your business. Learn more about plan options.
Joining and Hosting a Meeting
If you’re accessing Zoom for the first time, allow additional time before the meeting starts to make sure you have the desktop client or app downloaded. Learn how to join a Zoom Meeting or schedule one yourself.
It’s easy to trip up and embarrass yourself, whether you’re new to Zoom or you’ve used it a hundred times. Since the pandemic began, there have been stories of people going to the restroom while on a call (even celebrities have made this mistake!) or neglecting to wear appropriate clothing. Kids and pets have unexpectedly joined their parents on national television during news interviews. And there’s the time a supervisor attended an entire meeting as a potato.
For a laugh, search the web for the best Zoom video fails. But don’t let those deter you from using video calls to connect with friends, family, and coworkers. Use these tips to help you avoid any missteps.