How to start Zoom App guide for new users

A new user’s guide to getting started

You can follow the simple steps in getting started with your new Zoom account by following the quick start guide below, which explains how to schedule your first meeting, to download the Zoom client, and to update your Zoom profile. We have compiled this quick start guide to help you figure out what your next steps are regardless of whether you just signed up for Zoom or have been invited to join an existing account. Click the embedded links to learn more.

The following are the steps involved in registering and activating your Zoom account

Join an existing account

It is likely that you will receive an invitation email ( if you are being invited to an existing account. In order to accept the invitation, please click the Accept link.

Once accepted, your profile details (such as your name, profile picture, time zone, etc.) will be transferred to the other account, along with your meetings, webinars, cloud recordings, IM history, contacts, and settings. Reports will be excluded from this export, however. The invitation to attend should only be accepted after you have accessed any reports that you may need and had downloaded them. The invitation to attend should only be accepted within 30 days of being sent.

Create your own account

Please use the Zoom sign up page to create your own free account. Here you will also be asked to enter your email address. Using Zoom’s no-reply email address (, you will receive a reply email. To activate your Zoom account, click the activation link.

You can log in to your Zoom account on the web by following these steps

The Zoom web sign-in page is available anytime, anywhere, and you can sign up for an account by clicking You can navigate the Zoom web portal by using the panel on the left hand side when you are logged in. You can update your profile, schedule a meeting, edit your settings, and more.

How to update your profile

In addition to adding a profile picture, setting your time zone, updating your password and more, you can also publish your profile on the web. When you log into the Zoom web portal, you will be able to access your Zoom profile by clicking Profile under My Account.

How to schedule your first meeting

You can schedule meetings in a variety of ways, such as visiting our Zoom web page, using the Zoom client, or using what are known as extensions or plugins. The following is a basic walk-through of how you can schedule your first meeting.

  • Log in to your Zoom account on the Zoom web portal.
  • Click on the Meetings tab.
  • Click on the Schedule a Meeting button.
  • Choose a meeting date and time that works for you.
  • Depending on your needs, you may also want to choose other settings.
  • Click the Save button.

How to download the Zoom client

The Zoom Desktop Client can be downloaded from our Downloads page for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS, and the Zoom Mobile App for iOS and Android can be downloaded from our iOS and Android app page.

How to start a test meeting

If you are new to Zoom meetings, you can always join a test meeting to get to know the platform and test your microphones and speakers before you attend a Zoom meeting. You can reach the Zoom meeting by going to and clicking Join.

How to start your first meeting as the host

There are many ways you can start the meeting as the meeting host, so here are some of the options you have. In your Zoom desktop client or mobile app, you will find a list of meetings that are scheduled for the coming weeks in the Meetings tab. If you want to start one of the scheduled meetings, simply click Start. Zoom also provides you with the option of starting meetings directly from the Zoom web portal.

  • Please sign in to your Zoom web account.
  • Then click on Meetings.
  • Click Start next to the meeting that you want to start under Upcoming.
  • The Zoom client should launch automatically to start the meeting.

How to invite others to join your meeting

If you’d like to invite someone else to join your meeting, all they have to do is send the meeting invitation or share the link to join. To send the meeting invitation or share the link to join, click Copy the Meeting Invitation after scheduling your meeting.

How to join another user’s meeting

It is easy to join a meeting by clicking the link that the meeting host has provided to join the meeting. There are several ways to do this. One is to go to Zoom and click Join a meeting in order to join a meeting. In addition, you may be asked to provide a meeting passcode, so be sure to keep the meeting invitation details on hand.