How to download and set up the Zoom app for Mac

Zoom is a communication app used for everything from video calls to chat. The best thing about it is that it’s incredibly easy to use, even for computer novices.

Zoom is available on all operating systems, including macOS. If you want to use the Zoom app on your Mac, this quick guide can help you get set up.

How to Download Zoom on a Mac

First, you’ll want to download Zoom on your Mac. It is a simple process. Start by clicking on this link or continue and enter in your browser.

Then you will need to follow these steps to complete the installation process:

  1. To select To download to start the download.
  2. Depending on your browser settings, you may need to allow the download. If a pop-up window appears, select To allow.

The image shows the Zoom download center on the Zoom website

The download will proceed and you will be ready to continue installing Zoom.

It’s important to note that Zoom will automatically initiate the download process if you try to join someone else’s meeting from a link without Zoom already installed on your Mac.

How to Install Zoom on a Mac

When the download is complete, select the download icon in the upper right corner of your browser. Then follow these steps:

  1. Double-click to open Zoom download.
  2. If prompted, select Continueafter reading the introductory information, of course.
  3. Continue through the installation prompts, including selecting an install destination.
  4. Then select To install.


Zoom Setup Window

How to set up your new Zoom account

The installation process should only take a few moments. Once done, you will see the Zoom app window on your screen. You will have two choices here: Join a meeting Where Login.

How to Join a Zoom Meeting

There are several ways to join a Zoom meeting. Using the Zoom app, simply select Join a meeting then enter the meeting ID or personal link name. The meeting host should provide you with this information prior to the meeting.

Image shows the meeting join screen in Zoom on desktop

How to sign in to a Zoom account

If you’re just going to join meetings, you might not need a Zoom account. However, if you want to schedule your own meetings, change your personal settings, or upgrade Zoom, you’ll need to create a Zoom account.

You can do this by selecting Login in the Zoom app, then clicking Register in the lower right corner. Zoom will then guide you through the account creation process.

Once your Zoom account is created, you can log in through the Zoom client or through your browser.

How to Start a Zoom Call on a Mac

Once connected, you’re ready to make your first Zoom call. There are two ways to do this. You can either start a call immediately or schedule a meeting for later.

Start a call immediately

To start a call immediately, simply select To start up. Once in your meeting, you can choose to Join computer audio Where Test the speaker and microphone.

The image shows a Zoom meeting in Zoom

It’s a good idea to test your speaker and microphone to make sure they’re working properly before your meeting. By selecting Test the speaker and microphoneZoom will guide you through a quick test.

You can also take this opportunity to ensure that the quality of your video is up to par. And if not, you can troubleshoot your video quality before the call.

When you’re ready, you need to invite guests to your call. You can do this by selecting Speakers then Invite. You can send invitations via your contacts or via email, depending on your needs and configuration.

The image shows the invitation window on Zoom

When you have finished your call, simply select End of call.

Schedule a Zoom call

If you don’t want to hold your meeting instantly, you can also schedule your call by selecting the plus (+) icon in the upper left corner of the Zoom application (in the main window).

The image shows the schedule window in Zoom

In the window, add all the details for your next Zoom meeting. You can then share the personal meeting ID and passcode with your invitees or send invitations through Gmail, Outlook, or another calendar app.

Here. Happy zooming! If on your first or hundredth call you run into issues, you can check out our guide to fixing common Zoom issues.

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