How to Setup, Host, & Join a Zoom Meeting on iPhone & iPad

Apr 9, 2020 - 12 Comments

How to Set Up Zoom Meeting on iPhone and iPad

Zoom is a video conferencing solution that allows people to easily setup, host, and join video chats for remote meetings, work, or even just social events.

If you are an iPhone or iPad user and also one of the countless people who are currently working from home during this COVID-19 lockdown period, you’ll be pleased to know that Zoom makes video conferencing quite easy. And even without the COVID-19 outbreak, using Zoom for group video conferences and work-related meetings is easy and convenient.

There are several video conferencing applications that are available today, but Zoom is primarily targeting businesses and institutions that are out there. With many schools and colleges being shut down due to the global pandemic, several educational institutions have even begun online classes with the help of Zoom, as it’s capable of hosting up to 100 participants for 40 minutes, even on the free plan.

Are you trying to host or join a Zoom meeting from your iOS or ipadOS device? Here we’ll be discussing how you can set up, host and join a Zoom meeting on both the iPhone and iPad.

How to Setup, Host & Join a Zoom Meeting on iPhone & iPad

Before you go ahead with the procedure, you’ll need to install Zoom from the Apple App Store. After you have the Zoom app on your device, go ahead and follow the necessary steps to properly host or participate in a Zoom meeting on your iOS or iPadOS device:

  1. Open the Zoom app on your iPhone or iPad.

  2. Choose “Sign Up” if you don’t have a Zoom account. It’s worth noting that you don’t really need an account to join a zoom meeting. However, it’s necessary if you’re hosting it.

    How to Set Up Zoom Meeting on iPhone and iPad

  3. Now, enter your name, e-mail address and tap on “Sign Up” located at the top-right corner of the screen.

    How to Set Up Zoom Meeting on iPhone and iPad
  4. You’ll receive a verification e-mail for activating your Zoom account. Simply select “Activate Account” and enter a preferred password to create the account.

    How to Set Up Zoom Meeting on iPhone and iPad
  5. Now, you’ll see a bunch of different options when you open the Zoom app. You can host, join and schedule zoom meetings right on your iPhone or iPad. Additionally, you’ll also be able to screenshare with the participants. In order to host a meeting, select “New Meeting”.

    How to Set Up Zoom Meeting on iPhone and iPad
  6. Here, make sure the toggle for “Use Personal Meeting ID” is enabled and then tap on “Start a Meeting”.

    How to Set Up Zoom Meeting on iPhone and iPad
  7. This will launch your iPhone or iPad camera and start the Zoom meeting. Here, you’ll be able to see the participants, share content and do a lot more. Simply tap “End” to exit the meeting.

    How to Set Up Zoom Meeting on iPhone and iPad
  8. If you want to join a Zoom meeting, head back to the main menu and select “Join”.

    How to Set Up Zoom Meeting on iPhone and iPad
  9. You’ll need to enter a Meeting ID that was provided to you by the host and then tap “Join”. Alternatively, you can also join the meeting with a personal link name.

    How to Set Up Zoom Meeting on iPhone and iPad

Now you know how to host Zoom meetings and join a Zoom meeting right from your iPhone or iPad. Pretty easy, right?

As mentioned before, Zoom is generally aimed at business, education, and institutional work, but many people are also using it privately too. Of course if you have an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, then you can also use those devices natively for video chats too, but if you’re unfamiliar you an learn about using Group FaceTime calls on iPhone and iPad for group video chat and how to make group FaceTime video calls on Mac.

If you own multiple iOS and iPadOS devices, you can use one of your devices to record video and another device to screenshare content with your participants. This feature could come in handy during an online lecture or presentation.

Zoom offers both free and paid subscription plans. The free plan has a 40-minute limit on group meetings and capable of hosting up to 100 participants. If you want a longer duration limit on your Zoom meetings, you’ll need to subscribe to the Pro plan that costs $14.99 a month and lets you host 24-hour meetings. Additionally, the $19.99/month business plan will let you host up to 300 participants in a single meeting.

Although Zoom has been available for a while, the service has recently grown in popularity among businesses, medical offices, high schools, and college students, as companies and educational institutions are resorting to online meetings and classrooms due to the massive global COVID-19 outbreak. Whatever the reason, Zoom can work for handling important meetings, as many people are stuck at home for schooling and work.

Did you manage to host or join your Zoom meeting on your iPhone or iPad without any issues? How does it compare to other popular video conferencing solutions Skype, Slack, Hangouts and more? Do let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section down below.

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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. window says:

    Guy, you saved my time! Thank you a lot!

  2. Emma says:

    I realize this post is a bit old but I’m having trouble and I hope you’re still reading comments.

    I can’t find anywhere instructions on how a host using an iPad can enable screen sharing for participants. On the host’s main screen, they have a “share content” button instead of a “share screen” button so the host’s setup looks different from mine. They can share their own screen but not enable mine.

  3. Figaro86 says:

    Why would anyone even remotely aware of current conditions
    use a China-owned utility for anything if there were acceptable alternatives?

  4. Andrew Goodwin says:

    Zoom: Every security issue uncovered in the video chat app
    Here’s a timeline of Zoom’s rapid rise and the security problems that have come to light.

    https://www.cnet.com/news/zoom-every-security-issue-uncovered-in-the-video-chat-app/

  5. Landgrebe Valerie says:

    Question: Having stored my friends Zoom ID Nos. in my Contacts List is there some way of connecting with them from that list (as there is with mail, mobile & message). There is a Video icon but it is greyed out.

  6. Robert P. Hartle says:

    Hey George McFly! Numerous Governments, Schools and Companies have all banned the Use of Zoom and you Boneheads decide to put up a brand new tutorial on How to Use It! Not to mention how it circumvents iOS and Mac Security with it’s install scripts… I am aghast that you would even consider doing this! Consider doing an article about the many other excellent alternatives to this App! Sheesh!

  7. Christopher Heckman says:

    I could have used this about a month ago, when Arizona State switched to Zoom for its online classes.

    However, I am having a specific problem with Zoom, my MacBook, and my iPad. Maybe you could help out?

    I set up a meeting with my Macbook (host) and iPad (generic participant), both running from my ASU account. I tried to send a document from the Macbook to the iPad. After enabling everything, I’m going to the Chat, clicking on “File”, selecting the file from my computer, and Chat creates the link to the document.

    When I’m using my Macbook, I click on the link, and the document downloads and runs automatically. So far so good. But when I’m using my iPad, and open the Chat, there is no link visible. However, I can send messages back and forth between the two machines.

    Is there some setting in the Chat that I missed, whether in the iPad or my account.

  8. JK says:

    Hey, do you really recommend Zoom? Canada already forbid it.

    • Opinion says:

      Zoom works well for video conferencing but it depends on what your purpose is beyond that. I personally wouldn’t use Zoom for anything private since it is a company from China with some privacy issues. I also wouldn’t use a Huawei device for the same reason.

      If you want a more private video call try Signal or maybe FaceTime. There are also others that are HIPAA approved but who knows if they copy or keep the data for analytics…

  9. The Monster says:

    Setup is not a verb. It’s a noun or adjective. “Set up” is the verb form. See http://notaverb.com/setup for further information.

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