What Is Zoom Cloud Meetings?
Zoom Cloud Meetings is an enterprise video communications service allowing users to meet online, set up conferences, online meetings, chat, or mobile collaboration. Thanks to its cloud-based nature, Zoom can be used from virtually anywhere as long as your device has an internet connection, and even from a landline and mobile phones.
How Does it Work?
All you need to do to get started with Zoom cloud meetings is to create a free account and set up a meeting, which you can then invite people to via email or a direct link.
If you want to join a Zoom meeting rather than create one, then you will need to have the Zoom cloud meeting ID or your personal link. You don’t need to have a Zoom account to join Zoom cloud meetings.
While Zoom can be used for free by people on a budget or those who don’t need the service’s advanced features, it really starts to shine once you purchase a subscription. Among the features that paid plans bring are user management (e.g. assign roles), scheduling, conference recording, a higher participant number cap, and many other things.
Zoom Cloud Meeting App Download
As mentioned above, Zoom can be used from virtually anywhere as long as you have an internet connection, including from iOS or Android devices.
Zoom has developed a mobile app for iOS and Android whose functionality appears to be similar, and they are frequently updated. Among the features available on the mobile Zoom app are:
- Screen sharing.
- Sharing of photos, Google Drive, Dropbox, or Box files.
- Safe driving mode for on-the-road attendees.
- Siri commands (iOS).
- Fingerprint authentication on devices with fingerprint sensors.
Zoom Cloud Meetings for Mac
You can download the Zoom client for your Mac from the download page of the app. Use the very first download link at the top of the webpage. For Mac users, the Download Center should automatically deliver you the Mac client. If it does not, use this link.
You don’t need to manually start the download though – when you start or join your first Zoom meeting, the client will be downloaded automatically.
Keep in mind that you may need to change your security and privacy settings to allow for the Zoom apps to be installed on your Mac. By default, you can install only App Store apps on Mac computers.
To change your security settings to install the Zoom client, do the following:
- Click on the Apple icon at the desktop’s top left corner.
- Click on System Preferences.
- Click on Security & Privacy.
- Click on the lock icon at the window’s bottom left corner.
- Enter your username and password.
- Change Allow apps downloaded from: from App Store to App Store and identified developers.
- Click on the lock icon again to lock the settings and prevent further changes.
Zoom Cloud Meetings for PC
The download process of Zoom for PC is the same as for Mac computers – visit the download page and choose Zoom Client for Meetings. Again, if setting up or joining a Zoom meeting for the first time, the client will be downloaded automatically.
The installation on Windows PCs will be much easier than on Macs since you won’t need to change any settings to get started.
Zoom Cloud Meetings for Laptops
Laptops allow for video conferencing on the move, and no matter what kind of laptop you have, you should be able to use Zoom as long as you have internet.
For laptops, the download and installation process is the same as for Windows or Mac. Let the client be downloaded automatically when creating or joining your first meeting, or download it manually from the download page.
What is the cost of Zoom?
Zoom offers 3 paid plans – Pro, Business, and Enterprise, costing $14.99, $19.99, and $19.99 per month respectively. Yes, Business and Enterprise plans cost the same, but there are some crucial differences between them that set them apart.
Zoom also offers a variety of software-based conference room add-ons for an additional monthly fee. Cloud Meetings isn’t the only service offered by Zoom – there are plenty of other useful tools and features available for businesses. If you want to find out more, we have a post dedicated to Zoom’s pricing.
Is Zoom safe to use?
Zoom features end-to-end encrypted chat that allows Zoom users to securely send messages to each other using the AES 256-bit algorithm. The AES algorithm is used worldwide and, remarkably, is the first and only publicly accessible cipher system approved by the US NSA for top secret information.
Zoom also supports enterprise SSL proxies.
To find out more about Zoom’s security, have a look at its security guide.
What is Zoom’s bandwidth requirement?
Zoom’s bandwidth requirements for 1-video calling range from 600 kbps up & down for high-quality video to 1.3 Mbps for sending and 2.8 Mbps for receiving 1080p video.
For group video calling, the bandwidth requirements range from 600 kbps/1.2 Mbps (up/down) for a high-quality video to 2.5 Mbps for sending and 3.0 Mbps for receiving 1080p video.
For audio VoIP and screen sharing with or without video thumbnail, the bandwidth requirements are 60-80, 50-75, and 50-150 kbps respectively.
Your internet connection speed may be a problem for you if you are on mobile. Do make sure that you have a good enough data plan to be able to receive and send high-quality audio and video.
Are there any free versions available?
Yes, you can host Zoom meetings without buying any plans. However, you will have relatively limited functionality. With that being said, the free version may be more than enough for small teams or companies.
If you only want to join Zoom cloud meetings, then you do not even need to have a Zoom account. You only need to have the mobile app or client and the meeting ID of the conference to enter.