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How do I get started with Zoom?

This article describes various requirements for Zoom prior to starting your first Zoom meeting.

Log In to

IMPORTANT: First time U of I Zoom users need to log in via the Web Interface to create their account.

  • This will generate your U of I Zoom account. Please make sure you use your University of Illinois NetID and password
  • If you would like more information about how to log into U of I Zoom please visit How can I log in to Zoom?

Configure your meeting settings

Accessing your settings:

  • Access your settings by logging into your U of I Zoom account at:
  • Locate the settings tab within the menu bar on the left hand side of the window
    Zoom Profile menu bar
  • Select the type of Zoom service you would like to configure
    Zoom Settings select: Meeting, Recording, Telephon
  • For more information on how to Access and Edit your meeting settings, please visit Zoom Support.

Understanding your settings:

Downloading Zoom Desktop Application

  • Note: Most integrations require the Desktop Application.  Users will need to download the Zoom Desktop Application before many integrations will work correctly.
  • Please find the download version you require below:

Internet Bandwidth/Speed Requirements

  • Go to to check your network bandwidth. Generally, we recommend 1.2 to 1.5Mbps upload/download for an optimal experience on desktop or room systems.

Test your audio and video settings

Zoom Support

  • Pro users have the option to chat with Zoom support any time 24/7.  To chat with Zoom, please login to your U of I Zoom account at and click the blue question mark (?) at the bottom right hand corner of the screen.  
  • Zoom publishes and updates articles supporting all of there services.   These documents can be found at the Zoom Help Center
  • Zoom has specific articles relating to getting started which can be found at Zoom: Getting Started.
  • Zoom also has video tutorials if needed: Zoom Video Tutorials.

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Keywords:Desktop, Application, Bandwidth, Speed, Requirements, Best, Practice, meeting   Doc ID:99159
Owner:Dean D.Group:University of Illinois Chicago Technology Solutions
Created:2020-03-19 21:35 CSTUpdated:2020-11-17 10:42 CST
Sites:University of Illinois Chicago Technology Solutions
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