So you are ready to get started with Zoom, but where do you download the Zoom client for meetings from? Not only that, what device options do you actually have for the Zoom service?
Let’s answer these questions below!
Zoom Meeting Client for Windows
First comes, of course, the Windows Zoom client for meetings. It’s perhaps the best bet if you don’t care about Macs and the Apple ecosystem, and if you also aren’t a user of Linux.
Not only that, but if you are not a very tech-savvy user, Zoom on Windows will be easy enough to install and use, even easier than Macs since they may give you a few problems when trying to install the client.
The Windows client together with the other desktop clients boasts the full functionality of the Zoom service. You have mobile apps, of course, but they lack some of the features of the desktop client.
Zoom Meeting Client for Mac
Zoom also offers a desktop client for geeks of Apple devices and users of the Apple ecosystem. The Mac client appears to offer the same features as the Windows client, so you shouldn’t miss out on anything if you decide to go with Mac instead of Windows.
Installing the Zoom client on Mac can be a bit more difficult than on Windows PCs though because you may have to deal with privacy settings. By default, the Mac OS allows you to install apps from only the App Store. And since the client is downloaded from the Zoom web portal, you will need to change the privacy settings on your Mac.
We’ve covered how to do this in a few other posts, but here’s a quick guide so that you don’t have to leave this page:
- Click the Apple Icon at the top left of the home screen.
- Navigate to System Preferences > Security & Privacy.
- Click the lock icon at the bottom of the window to make changes to the settings.
- Under Allow apps downloaded from:, switch from App Store to App Store and identified developers.
- Again click the lock icon.
Zoom Meeting Client for Linux
Aside from Windows and Mac, the Zoom client for meetings is also available on Linux. Probably relatively few people are going to want the Linux client, but it’s nice that it’s even available for this OS.
Installing the Linux client may be a little tricky for new Linux users – you may need to deal with the Linux terminal (which you should be able to use if you are on Linux), or you may opt for the graphical installers that are available for many Linux distributions.
Speaking of distributions, the not so good thing about Linux is that the installation process will be slightly different depending on what distribution you have. With that being said, Zoom does provide installation guides for each of the supported Linux distributions, which we covered in a separate post.
The Linux client of Zoom is available for the following distributions:
- Oracle Linux.
On the download page of the Linux client, there also is the Other Linux option which should be able to cover Linux distributions not listed above.
For each of the available distributions, you’ll need to choose your OS architecture and the Linux version to download the right client. Do make sure to choose the right Linux distribution. The base system of these distributions may be the same, but a few crucial differences here and there may make it impossible for you to install the client made for another distribution.
Zoom Meeting Client for Mobile
And, of course, it’s 2019, so it’s no surprise that the Zoom service is available on iOS and Android mobile devices. This means that you will be able to host and participate in Zoom meetings on the go as long as you have a good internet connection.
And you do need to ensure that your data plan is sufficient for the minimum 600 kbps bandwidth requirement of the video conferencing.
A few features of the Zoom service are absent from the mobile app as well. For example, you cannot do local recording from the mobile app – the only option is cloud recording. In turn, cloud recording is only available in paid Zoom plans.
The audio and video quality will also be highly dependent on the hardware in your mobile device, which may be a bad thing if you do need high-quality conferencing on the go. With that being said, modern mobile devices have very solid video and audio quality, so this shouldn’t be a big problem for users.
Where to Download the Zoom Meeting Client?
Now, where do you download the Zoom Meeting client for each of the available platforms?
If you are on a Windows or Mac computer, then you don’t have to download the client yourself – when you start or join a meeting for the first time, you are prompted to download the desktop client. Alternatively, the client is available at the Zoom Download Center. The very first download link on the page is for the Zoom client.
If you are on Mac, the Download Center should automatically show you the Mac download link. If not, use this link to access the Mac Download Center.
The Linux client can be downloaded from here.
As for the mobile clients, you obviously download them from the App Store for iOS and Google Play for Android devices. You may also launch the store of your mobile OS and search for the Zoom client manually.
Once the client is installed and you have a Zoom account, you are ready to get started!
Zoom Meeting has a variety of features for users, and they may be a little overwhelming for some people. To get started, find out how to use the Zoom client for meetings to start, join, or schedule meetings, all of which we covered in dedicated posts. These will be just the tip of the iceberg, but they are a good place to get started.