Getting started with Zoom Phone (users)

This post was most recently updated on July 28th, 2022



In this guide, you can learn how to set up your Zoom Phone account, use the essential features, such as checking your voicemail, and make calls. Click the embedded links to learn more about the features in this quick start guide.


  • The features of all platforms may not be available on all platforms at the same time. If you would like to know more about the features of Zoom Phone, please see our comparison article.
  • There are a number of devices supported by Zoom, including desktop and mobile clients that support secure voice calls. Here is more information about the encryption that Zoom Phone uses.

This article covers:

  • Initial setup
  • Phone settings
  • Contacts
  • Phone calls
  • In-call controls
  • Voicemail
  • Call history and recordings
  • Desk phones
  • Additional features


  • Update your Zoom desktop client or mobile app to the latest version
  • License for Zoom Phone

Initial setup

An email notification with a link to setup Zoom Phone will be sent to you if Zoom Phone is assigned to you by your Zoom Phone admin.


  • In the email notification, there is a link at the bottom. You can contact Zoom by clicking Phone if you didn’t receive an email.
  • Set up Zoom Phone by entering the following information:

    • Country and area code: Local numbers are dialed using the area code.
    • Timezone: Make sure the time zone is set correctly. Zoom Phone’s business hours, closed hours, and holiday hours will be affected.
    • PIN: If your administrator has assigned you a desk phone, enter your voicemail PIN here. Zoom desktop, mobile, or web portal users do not need the PIN to check their voicemail.
  • Setup will appear.

Phone settings

The Zoom Phone settings in the web portal should be adjusted once the initial setup is complete.

  1. To access the Zoom web portal, you will need to sign in.
  2. In the Phone menu, click on the Settings tab, and then click on the General tab.
    You may want to make the following changes to a few essential settings:
  • Emergency Address:
  • When a first responder dials an emergency number, the address provided to him or her is displayed on the screen. Please make sure that this address is correct.
  • Business/Closed/Holiday Hours:
  • The times during which you are able to answer phone calls can be changed.
  • Voicemail Greeting:
  • A recording that plays before calls are routed to your voicemail by Zoom Phone. By using the web portal, you can record audio directly in the web portal or you can upload an audio file from your computer.


For calls within the same organization, you can use Zoom’s contacts directory. You can add contacts from third-party services by following these instructions:

  • Zoom Desktop client: Google, Office 365, or Exchange can be used to sync your contacts. Your call history or voicemail can be used to add synced contacts after you sync your contacts.
  • Zoom mobile app: In the Zoom Phone mobile app, you can view the contacts on your phone.

Phone calls

As soon as Zoom Phone is set up, you will be able to make and receive calls using it. Using the dial pad, you can place phone calls or search through the contacts you’ve synced with the phone or those you’ve stored internally. It is possible to decline incoming calls so that they will be routed to your voicemail when you decline them.

In-call controls

It is possible for you to do the following while on a call:

  • The in-call controls include holding, recording, and transferring calls.
  • Join the other person on the call in a Zoom meeting by starting a Zoom meeting.
  • It is possible to change the device you are using for the call by using call flip.


Inbound calls that are not answered or declined by Zoom Phone are forwarded to your voicemail. If you want to play or manage your voicemail messages, you can do so by using the Zoom desktop client, mobile app, or web portal.

Call history and recordings

In the Zoom desktop client, mobile app, and web portal, you can check your call history and recordings at any time after making, receiving, or recording calls.

Desk phones

You can use a Zoom Phone desk phone if your admin set one up for you. In this guide, we will show you how to get started with Polycom VVX series of phones and Yealink T4/T5 series of phones. Zoom Phone does not support all of the features available on desk phones.

Additional features

In order to further enhance your experience with Zoom Phone once you are familiar with its features, you can use the following features:

  • Zoom Desktop Client and Mobile App settings: You can view all the information associated with your Zoom Phone account, such as the company number, extension number, and direct phone number. Additionally, you have the option of changing settings related to the notification of inbound calls.
  • Blocked list: You may be able to block certain phone numbers or prefixes from calling you by adjusting the settings on your phone.
  • Call delegation: If you want to make and receive calls on behalf of another phone user, you can assign them to do this for you.
  • Shared voicemail inbox: You could share your voicemails with another member of your organization who also uses a phone.
  • Click to dial: Make sure that your Zoom Phone settings are set to allow you to click on a phone number in Zoom Phone to dial it when you click it on Mac or Windows.