RVillage tips: The ABCs of using Zoom to connect virtually
With all the RVillage Virtual Get-Togethers happening, are you still confused about using Zoom? Here are some easy tips to get you up & rolling in no time!
There are many detailed, complex how-to-use Zoom articles and videos out there. Here's something a little simpler, so you can join the next Get-Together quickly!
1. You'll need a reliable internet connection
If you are at your home base and have internet access through cable or other major providers, your connection will be fast & easy!
If you are using a cellular connection, you won't be able to use campground or RV park wifi—even if the signal were strong enough—many parks won't allow live streaming. If you don't have a dedicated hotspot for internet access, you may be able to use your phone as a hotspot. See this article for how to to do that.
Check out the RVillage group: Internet on the Road for tips on mobile cellular internet.
2. If you are using a cellular connection, you'll need unlimited data
If you don't have an unlimited cellular data plan, it may not be a great idea to try and do Zoom calls—as you will quickly use up your monthly allotment of data. It's up to you if you want to upgrade to an unlimited plan. Many carriers are offering specials at this time.
3. Sign up and install Zoom on your device
4. Join the Get-Together
- Go to the Get-Together you are interested in attending. See Upcoming Get-Togethers here. (If it is past the meeting time, you may want to check the Past Get-Togethers page.)
- Under the “Description" section, scroll down until you see “Click here to Join In”
- When you click the link to join the meeting, a dialog window will come up, prompting you to “Open Zoom Meetings." Click to open, and the application will launch.
- You can also manually join a meeting with the meeting number provided in the “Description” section. Join a meeting manually.
- After joining, you will see a window with multiple attendees. If you only see the person who is speaking, you are not in “Gallery View.” Click the icon in the upper right corner for this view:
- Make sure your camera and microphone are enabled (see trouble-shooting links below if needed) and sit back, relax—and HAVE FUN!! It's really that simple!
Zoom meeting etiquette
All start-up technicalities aside, once you are in the meeting, please mute your microphone when you are not speaking. That way, any background noise in your home/RV does not creep into the meeting while others are talking. All your fellow Zoom callers don't need to hear your TV, your dog barking, or your conversation with DW or DH. Thank you!!
More Zoom help resourcesQuick start guide for new users
Computer: Getting Started on Windows and Mac
Phone: Getting Started with iOS
Phone: Getting Started with Android
Joining a Zoom meeting | Video tutorial
My video or camera isn't working
Testing computer or device audio
My audio is not working on iOS or Android
Sharing your screen in a meeting
Adding a virtual background
Now that you know how to use Zoom, join an RVillage Virtual Get-Together and have some fun!
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