How to Download and Set Up the Zoom App for Mac

Zoom is a communication app used for everything from video calls to chat. Best of all, it’s incredibly easy to use, even for computer novices.

Zoom is available on all operating systems, including macOS. If you want to use the Zoom app on your Mac, this quick guide can help you get set up.

How to download Zoom on a Mac

First, you will want to download Zoom on your Mac. This is a simple process. Get started by clicking this link or go ahead and log in in your browser.

Next, you’ll want to follow these steps to complete the installation process:

  1. Please select Download to start the download.
  2. Depending on your browser settings, you may need to allow the download. If a pop-up window appears, select Let.

Image shows Zoom's download center on Zoom's website

The download will be processed and you are ready to proceed with the Zoom installation.

It’s important to note that Zoom will automatically start the download process if you try to join someone else’s meeting from a link without Zoom already installed on your Mac.

How to install Zoom on a Mac

When the download is complete, select the downloads icon in the upper right corner of your browser. Then follow these steps:

  1. Double click to open Zoom download.
  2. If prompted, select ContinueAfter reading the introductory information, of course.
  3. Continue with the installation prompts, including selecting an installation destination.
  4. Then select Install on pc.


Zoom installation window

How to set up your new Zoom account

The installation process should only take a few minutes to complete. Once you do, you will see the Zoom application window on your screen. You will have two options here: Join a meeting or Log in.

How to join a Zoom meeting

There are several ways to join a Zoom meeting. With the Zoom app, simply select Join a meeting and then enter the meeting ID or the name of the personal link. The meeting host should provide you with this information prior to the meeting.

The image shows the screen to join a meeting within Zoom on the desktop

How to sign in to a Zoom account

If you are just joining meetings, you may not need a Zoom account. However, if you want to schedule your own meetings, change your personal settings, or update Zoom, you will want to create a Zoom account.

You can do this by selecting Check in within the Zoom app and then clicking Register in the lower right corner. Zoom will then guide you through the account creation process.

Once you create your Zoom account, you can log in through the Zoom client or through your browser.

How to start a Zoom call on a Mac

Once you log in, you are ready to make your first Zoom call. There are two ways to do this. You can start a call immediately or schedule a meeting for later.

Start a call immediately

To start a call immediately, simply select Start. Once inside your meeting, you can choose Join with computer audio or Test speaker and microphone.

Image shows Zoom meeting within Zoom

It is a good idea to test the speaker and microphone to make sure they are working properly before the meeting. Selecting Test speaker and microphone, Zoom will guide you through a quick test.

You can also take this opportunity to make sure your video quality is up to scratch. And if not, you can fix video quality issues before the call.

When you are ready, you should invite guests to your call. You can do this by selecting Participants and then Invitation. You can send invitations through your contacts or email, depending on your needs and settings.

The image shows the invitation window in Zoom

When you are done with your call, simply select End call.

Scheduling a Zoom Call

If you don’t want to hold your meeting instantly, you can also schedule your call by selecting the plus icon (+) in the upper left corner of the Zoom app (inside the main window).

The image shows the programming window within Zoom

Inside the window, add all the details about your next Zoom meeting. You can then share the meeting’s personal ID and passcode with your invitees or send invitations via Gmail, Outlook, or another calendar app.

There you go. Happy zoomin ‘! If you’re having trouble during your first call or 100th, you might want to check out our guide to troubleshooting common Zoom issues.

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