On this page, we lay out how you can join a Zoom meeting via desktop and mobile devices, from a landline or mobile phone.
Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from the Zoom Download Center. Otherwise, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link.
You can also join a test meeting to familiarize yourself with Zoom.
Because most of our Zoom presentations will be visual, you will get the most out of a meeting if you join via computer, tablet or smartphone. Just click on this link you get from your meeting invite on Zoom a few minutes before the presentation starts.
When you log on, you’ll have two options for sound: join with computer audio or dial in via phone. It’s generally easiest to join with computer audio. Make sure you have the volume turned up. If you don’t have a computer, smartphone or tablet, you can dial in via phone.
Is there anything I should do before a meeting or presentation?
- Yes. If you haven’t used Zoom before, please go to zoom.com or download the Zoom app for your smartphone or tablet (it’s free).
Will anyone be able to see that I’m watching the presentation?
- No. All participants will be asked to enter their name and email when logging into the presentation, but only ACLU staff members will see this information. We value your privacy!
Will you be able to see or hear me?
- No. You will be automatically muted when entering the presentation and the video function for participants will be disabled. So if you’re having a bad hair day, don’t worry about it. We won’t be able to see you – and neither will any of the other participants.
What do I do if I have a question?
- The chat function will be disabled during the presentation, but if you have any questions just type them into the Q&A box. We’ll answer everyone’s questions throughout the presentation. You can also choose to ask questions anonymously.