This article covers the attendee experience when joining a Zoom meeting with user authentication enabled. This is helpful for newcomers to Zoom.
Note: At the end of this article will be a block of text that you can use to help Zoom newcomers understand what to do when trying to join a Zoom meeting if you are worried about their first experience joining a Zoom meeting. Simply copy and paste the information to an email or messaging platform they will see.
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When joining a Zoom meeting that has this security setting enabled, a window will pop up before you can join the meeting. It will ask you to sign into Zoom. The picture below shows what you will see.
If you have not created a Zoom account before or are not signed into Zoom yet, clicking the “Sign into Zoom” button opens Zoom.us in a web browser (or the Zoom client if it is installed on your device) so you can sign in or create a free Zoom account.
Click the “Sign Up for Free." It will ask for a birthdate and your desired username and password.
Click “Create Account” and follow any given prompts to join the Zoom meeting.
Note: Zoom is very good at directing your attention to things you must do then redirecting you back to the Zoom meeting. If at any point you mis-click and close a window or are worried you are not getting the right prompts, simply click the Zoom join URL again and repeat the process.
The January 19th, 2021 change did not affect joining a Zoom meeting via telephone. Joining a Zoom meeting with these security settings still prompts them to enter the meeting’s passcode. This can be found in the Zoom invite email you received and sometimes at the end of the Zoom URL.
You can join a meeting on a cellphone or rotary phone, using a smartphone is not required.
Note: If at any point you close a Zoom window or accidentally halt the process of joining to the meeting, click the Zoom invite URL to repeat the process again.
If you still have questions or concerns about the information presented in this article, please contact your IT department.