Start a Zoom Meeting


Follow these steps to start a Zoom meeting from Zoom client or app, Outlook, or your web browser.


Critical Concepts

Steps to Take

From Zoom Client

  1. Open the client.
  2. Choose to either Start without video or Start with video.
  3. The meeting starts immediately.  Here you will have the ability to copy the URL for sharing.

From Outlook

  1. Open the Outlook calendar.
  2. Choose Start Instant Meeting.
  3. The meeting starts immediately, providing the ability to quickly add participants.
  4. Choose Click to invite participants.
  5. Choose Default Email.
  6. An Outlook message opens with the meeting invitation in the body.

From Firefox

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Choose Zoom from the top-right corner.
  3. You will be prompted to choose Schedule a Meeting or Start a Meeting.
  4. The Zoom Meetings application will start.

From Chrome

  1. Open Chrome browser and choose Apps.
  2. Choose Zoom.
  3. You will be prompted to Join a meeting or Start a meeting.
  4. Choose your preferred audio and/or video options.

From iOS

  1. Open the app and login with your Active Directory (AD) credentials (this is usually the same as your UCSD email username and password).
  2. Choose Start or Schedule a Meeting.
  3. Choose Start a Meeting.
  4. Zoom instantly opens up a virtual meeting room and presents the Meeting ID.

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