Updated: March 28, 2020 6:42:08 am
Amid the coronavirus outbreak, many companies have asked their employees to work from home. To ensure smooth coordination, they rely on Zoom, which has seen increased use. The video conferencing platform has always been popular, but in these unprecedented times, Zoom has become an essential video conferencing tool for large and small businesses.
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Zoom is quite easy to use and the platform works on smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Think of Zoom as similar to FaceTime and Skype. However, video conferencing software has expanded features designed to meet a company’s demand. Zoom is completely free, but limits group sessions to 40 minutes and 100 participants. Paid plans start at $ 15 per month for longer meetings and larger groups.
If you are new to Zoom, these tips and tricks will help you take advantage of the video conferencing platform.
How to use Zoom on smartphones and laptops
To use Zoom, you need a smartphone, tablet, or laptop with a webcam. The software can be downloaded from the Zoom website or downloaded from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Once you download the software or application to your device, register the account. Once registered, click “Organize a meeting” and send the invitation URL to your colleagues or clients to join. Since the Zoom video conferencing platform works on many devices, guests can attend a video or audio call on a laptop, smartphone, or tablet.
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Tips for using Zoom
A nifty feature that can be accessed from the desktop app is the ability to do an audio test. Go to “Settings” in the upper right corner and check that your microphone, speakers and camera are working properly before the meeting starts.
Mute your microphone
Zoom allows you to mute your microphone when you are not speaking. Save yourself the embarrassment and press the mute button when you don’t speak.
Record your meetings
The good thing about using the zoom software is the ability to record your meetings. The free version allows you to record calls to your computer, which is useful for self-referral. Zoom also allows you to record your meeting in the cloud, however that option pays for itself.
Hide your face
If you’re not in the mood to show the other person’s face, you can use a screenshot of yourself in a Zoom meeting as a profile picture. That way, you can also take a call and save some bandwidth.
Change the background
One of Zoom’s most interesting but least appreciated features is its “Virtual Background”. Then Zoom has a “virtual background” function through which you can change the background of your choice. To use it, go to “Preferences” and upload a photo. But remember, the image should give a relaxing atmosphere.
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