Never done this before? You’re not the only one. Let’s take it step by step.
To get a link to our weekly worship service, email your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
First, look at the invitation that was sent out. Check to make sure that we are using Zoom, and not another form of technology.
Click the link for the Zoom meeting.
2. DOWNLOAD THE APP
If you have never used Zoom before, when you click the link for the first time, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app.
We recommend that you take a moment to do this, as it will make things easier down the road.
Note: There are Zoom apps for both smartphones and computers – you can use either.
3. TURN ON YOUR SOUND
Zoom will prompt you to choose whether you’d like to use your computer’s sound system, or use your phone to dial in.
If your computer has a working microphone and speakers, choose computer. If it doesn’t or you are not sure, click the button to join by phone and follow the instructions on the screen to dial the phone number and code.
Do NOT join the sound using both the computer and the phone – there will be an echo.
4. TURN ON YOUR VIDEO
You should see lots of faces on the screen.
If you see the message “Waiting for the host to started the meeting.” You are ready and will proceed when the host starts.
If you are comfortable with people seeing you on the screen too, click the button that looks like a video camera in the bottom left-hand corner.
If you do not wish to join with video, or your computer does not have a camera – don’t sweat it. Only your name will appear, you are still on the call and you are still part of the program.
AFTER YOU HAVE JOINED
• STAY ON MUTE AS LONG AT POSSIBLE
When everyone has their microphone turned on, there can be a lot of background noises and echoes.
Whenever you are not speaking, please mute yourself by clicking the button on the bottom left-corner that looks like a microphone.
If you are on the phone, rather than the computer, mute your phone.
• CHOOSE A “VIEW” OPTION?
On the top right-hand corner of the screen, you can choose between two view options.
Speaker view will show a full-screen picture of the person who is currently speaking.
Gallery view will fill your screen with the faces of every person on the call, all at once. There may be more than one page, and you can get around by clicking on >.
• UNABLE TO GET A WORD IN?
One great feature of Zoom is the chat box, where you can write messages that everyone can see. Please feel free to use that if people cannot seem to hear you – or for any other reason, such as Joys & Concerns, asking a question, or providing information.
You can also choose to send messages to individuals, rather than the entire group, to have a private side conversation.
• DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO A COMPUTER?
Zoom invitations include a phone number in addition to the link.
If you do not have access to a computer, you can join any Zoom call by phone by dialing the number and entering the access code. You will be able to hear and to participate in the call, but you will not be able to see or be seen.
This information is taken from First UU of Philadelphia