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How to Join a Zoom Meeting – step by step

How to Join a Zoom Meeting

Here is a video demonstration of how to join a Zoom meeting or see the step by step instructions below.


Page Guide

Step by Step Instructions
If Joining from a Mobile Device
If Joining from a Computer
Join Audio by Computer
Join Audio by Phone
Join Meeting by Computer with Audio via Telephone
Raising Your Hand
Using Chat
Using Audio only


Step by Step Instructions


  1. click on the Zoom link you may have been provided with (it will look something like this: 


2. Go to and Enter the Meeting ID that you have been provided with in the appropriate field and click ‘Join’ (the Meeting ID will be a 9 or 10 digit number)

Join a Meeting

If Joining from a Mobile Device

If you are joining from a mobile device (Android smartphone/tablet, Apple iPhone/iPad) then it will simply prompt you to download the Zoom Cloud Meetings app from the App/Play Store.

See here for more details

If Joining from a Computer

When entering a Zoom meeting for the first time from a computer you will need to download a small application file.

This process is easy to complete on all commonly used browsers. The examples below are shown using Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox

Click ‘Save File’  and follow the instruction in the orange box.

Firefox Zoom Install

Google Chrome

Google Chrome Zoom Install

Google Chrome should automatically download the file and point to it as shown above. Clicking on the Zoom_launcher.exe file will install Zoom, there will be a short pause before a blue progress bar appears indicating the installation.

If an ‘Application Launcher’ or ‘External Protocol Request’ box appears simply tick the ‘Remember my choice…’ option box and then click ‘OK’

Zoom Application Launcher Zoom External Protocol Request

Just before entering the meeting you will be prompted to enter a display name. This name is simply to identify you in the meeting and is not connected to your University username.

Zoom Name

Join Audio by Computer

You will then be prompted how you wish to join your audio. If you wish to join audio via the telephone, follow the instructions further down, otherwise simply select Join Audio by Computer (TIP: by ticking the “Automatically join audio by computer…” option box first, will mean you won’t get prompted again in the future)

Join Audio by Computer

Join via Telephone

If you are unable to join from Zoom on a computer or mobile device, then you can join on the telephone instead.

If you would like to attend a Zoom meeting via telephone within NZ please call the NZ number (check this link for up to date numbers: Then enter the Meeting ID and PIN (if required) when prompted.

Please note calls will be charged at standard national rates.

There are also many “local” dial-in numbers from many international locations. You can find more details on these here.

Join via Computer & Audio via Telephone

It is possible to use a combination of computer for video and phone for audio.

If you use this option, then join the meeting using your computer first, and then select the Join By Phone tab when the audio pop-up window appears (see example below). This will display the NZ dial in number for you (or you can change it to display one of the many other countries which have a “local” dial in number by clicking on the flag icon), as well as the Meeting ID to enter and your Participant ID.

Dial in as noted above, however after entering the Meeting ID, you will be prompted to enter your Participant ID. Simply enter this number followed by # and your video and audio will then be synchronised.

Join Audio by Telephone

Raising Your Hand

As the non-speaker if you wish to ask a question or make a point during a meeting it is good protocol to use the ‘Raise Hand’ facility.

If the tool bar is not showing at the bottom of the Zoom window, place your cursor over the Zoom window so it appears and select the ‘Participants’ icon.

A window listing the other participants will appear. At the bottom of this list, there is a ‘Raise Hand’ icon, click the icon to make it known to the Host that you would like to raise your hand.

While your hand is raised, the icon should have an outline as below. If you wish to lower your hand, simply click the ‘Raise Hand’ icon again.

When your hand is raised, this will be reflected in the list of participants as below.

About hand-raises for hosts: 

As a host of a Zoom meeting, you can manually lower a participants hand yourself by going to the main participants list as above. There will be an icon next to the participant’s name indicating that their hand is currently raised. In order to “lower” their hand, you can simply mouse over their name and then click “Lower Hand”. This is demonstrated below:


Using Chat

You can use the ‘Chat’ facility to send text chat to all participants or privately to specific participants.

Click on the ‘Chat’ icon in the tool bar, again hover your mouse over the Zoom window if you can’t see the tool bar.

Chat Icon

A chat window will then open. Select ‘Everyone’ or the name of the person you wish to send a chat message to.

Audio only

It is possible that during the conference participants will be ask to turn off their cameras and move to audio only, particularly if there are problems with the available bandwidth.

To do this simply click on the camera icon at the bottom of the Zoom window. A red diagonal line through the video icon shows that your video is currently turned OFF in Zoom, see below.

Stop Video