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How Do I zoom?

While the state of Ohio is under Governor's orders to stay at home, Connecting for Kids will be using Zoom to continue to provide programming for families. Zoom is a free program that you can use on your smart phone, laptop or tablet to connect with others. This guide is designed to help you get up and running on Zoom quickly and easily.

Before You Begin:

Zoom is a free service that anyone can use, but you can control more of how it works when you register for an account. To sign up for Zoom, visit the Zoom website and click SIGN UP, IT'S FREE in the upper right corner.

Zoom also allows you to join meetings without creating an account, but you won't be able to personalize certain settings (like setting a virtual background to protect your privacy). The instructions in step 4 will cover how to join with and without signing in.

Even if you choose to join meetings without registering, you will still need to download the software to participate.

Step 1: Download Zoom

If you are using a phone or tablet, visit your device's app store and search for "Zoom."

If you are using a home pc, Zoom will download automatically when you go to your meeting.

Step 2: Adjust Settings

If you registered with Zoom, you can optionally use Zoom settings to add a virtual background so that others don't see your home.


Step 3: Call In

When you register for a CFK program offered on Zoom, you will receive an email with the meeting link, ID and password. Use either the link or the ID to call in to your program at the scheduled date and time.

Step 4: Change Your View

When using Zoom with a home computer or tablet, you can change your view to see all participants in a program. This can be beneficial in programs like Coffee and Chat or Music Therapy & More.


Step 1: Download Zoom


HOME PC INSTRUCTIONS: If you are using a home pc to Zoom, the program will automatically download the first time you call in. Or, if you prefer to set Zoom up before your first meeting. you can download the client here. After opening the website:

  • Find the Zoom Client for Meetings and click Download.
  • When the file has finished downloading, double-click ZoomInstaller.exe to install the client.

After the software is installed, Zoom will open a browser window.

If you chose not to register with Zoom, continue with step 4, call in.

  • Click Sign In.
  • Enter the user ID and password you selected in step 1.

The Zoom client will appear.

From the client, you can personalize your settings or call in.


SMART PHONE/TABLET INSTRUCTIONS: If you are using a smart phone or tablet to Zoom, begin by visiting your device's application store.

 

Follow the prompts to download the application.


Step 2: Adjust Settings

Virtual backgrounds allow you to Zoom without sharing what is going on around you in your home. If you registered with Zoom, you can add a virtual background to your display or use one of the free virtual backgrounds provided by Zoom.


HOME PC INSTRUCTIONS

  • On the Zoom client home screen, click the settings cog on the upper right side of the window.

  • Click Virtual Background on the Settings screen that appears.

You will see a video sample from your device's camera.

  • Click a virtual background from the options below your video.
  • If a pop-up appears, click Download.

When the download is completed, your selected virtual background will appear.

Other Settings in Zoom

There are other settings you can adjust in Zoom to personalize your experience. For more information, check out this Zoom help topic.


SMART PHONE/TABLET INSTRUCTIONS:

Open the Zoom app on your device.

  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Meetings.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the list and change the Keep Virtual Background For setting to All Meetings.
  • Tap the back arrow at the top of the screen.
  • Tap Meetings.
  • Tap Start.
  • Tap Call in Using Internet Audio.
  • Tap the ... More menu.
  • Tap Virtual Background.
  • Select the free virtual background from Zoom or Tap + to add a background from your camera roll
  • Tap Close.
  • Tap End to leave the meeting.


Step 3: Call In

Once you are registered for a CFK program that uses Zoom, you will get an email with information on when and how to call in. This information will include:

  • A unique URL for your Zoom meeting
  • A meeting ID
  • A call-in phone number

Please note: We recommend starting your Zoom about five minutes before the scheduled program start so that you can make sure everything is working properly.


    HOME PC INSTRUCTIONS (with Registered Account)

    • Click the unique URL from your confirmation email.
    • Click Open Link in the pop-up that appears.
    • Click Join with Computer Audio.


    HOME PC INSTRUCTIONS (with no Registered Account)

    • Visit the Zoom website.
    • Click Join a Meeting.
    • Type the meeting ID into the box.
    • Click Join.
    • Type the password when prompted.
    • Click Join Meeting.
    • Click Open Link in the pop-up that appears.
    • Choose whether you want to join with video.
    • Click Join with Computer Audio.


    SMART PHONE/TABLET INSTRUCTIONS (with Registered Account)

    • Open the Zoom app on your device.
    • Tap Meet & Chat, at the bottom of your screen.
    • Tap Join.
    • Type the meeting ID.
    • Tap Join.
    • Type the password when prompted.
    • Tap Continue.
    • Choose whether you want audio or video to appear.
    • Tap Join.


    SMART PHONE TABLET INSTRUCTIONS (with no Registered Account)

    • Open the Zoom app on your device.
    • Tap Join a Meeting.
    • Type the meeting ID.
    • Tap Join.
    • Type the password when prompted.
    • Tap Continue.
    • Choose whether you want audio or video to appear.
    • Tap Join.


    Step 4: Change Your View

    On home computers and tablet devices, you can change your view to see all participants at once. This can be particularly helpful when participating in interactive programs like Coffee and Chat or Music Therapy & More.


    HOME PC INSTRUCTIONS

    • Click icon with 9 small squares, located in the upper right corner of your screen.


    Your screen view is changed to Gallery View.

    Tip: Turn Off Audio or Video

    You can turn audio and video off if you do not wish to be seen or heard during the Zoom. To do this, tap or click the video camera or microphone icons that appear on your screen. When a slash appears through the icon, your audio or video are no longer appearing for other Zoom users in the meeting.

    TABLET INSTRUCTIONS

    Note: Gallery View is not available on smart phones. 

    • Tap the circle with the 9-square grid on the left side of your screen.
    • Your screen view is changed to Gallery View.

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    Westlake, Ohio 44145

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