You must have heard about Zoom, a platform for video calls and meetings. Though, we can bet that you have never thought that you can use it in different situations and for different purposes. How? Read on to know how we use it in our daily routine.
For starters let’s make it clear. What is Zoom? And how Zoom works? This is a platform for free video conferences which is famous for being extremely user-friendly. You just register there and start using it. Zoom doesn’t require hours to get acquainted with. Also, you can use it on any of your devices as it is compatible with Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, and iOS. You can use it on your PC, or your smartphone, or both ways.
Yeah, you can say that there is nothing special about it, but wait. Take a look at the features it provides: one-on-one video calls, group video meetings, screen sharing, the ability to record meetings, and have them automatically transcribed. In some cases, it is possible to select a virtual background. Sounds impressive, eh? Well, now let’s see how you can use it.
Zoom for Personal Use
During and after the global quarantine, we all have realized that the capacities of the most popular messengers are not enough for us. When you are locked down, it is impossible to gather your friends and family in one location and have a nice conversation, kind of a party, or just a drink. Unless you use a platform like Zoom. It gives you enough capacity to invite up to 100 people at a time for free. Just imagine, you can meet them all! Without breaking the rules of quarantine or choosing whom to invite to the chat today. Use this possibility. And maybe it will become a good tradition to join a Thursday family of friends meeting from any part of the world?
Zoom for Online Education and Remote Work
Yes, that is what it was made for. Zoom was made for business first and foremost. And it does have all your business needs. If you have a small business or need to stay in touch with your partners, a free Zoom account will be enough. If you have a bigger company, or if you are planning to move your business online, you can opt for one of the payment business plans. Thus, you will be able to make group video meetings with 100+ participants, share your screens, swap files, etc. Yes, you will have to pay for it, but… It costs less than rent for an office, doesn’t it?
Also, Zoom is a perfect tool if your business is connected to online education. You can make live webinars, lessons, and conferences with ease. This powerful tool is also a big helper for teachers and students in times like the pandemic of 2020.
Zoom for Vlogging
Yes, it can be used by vloggers as well. How? Well, not all Youtubers can make live streams. You should have thousands of followers before this option is available for you. With Zoom, you can start live streaming with a few followers. Just share an invitation link with them and that’s it! Also, you can record your webinars, live streamings, or an interview using Zoom. The quality of video and audio is pretty good, so you can shoot some content without using a camera, a tripod, etc.
Is Zoom free?
Yes. The basic plan is absolutely free. It allows you to have unlimited one-to-one meetings, and invite up to 100 participants to your online meetings, but with 40 minutes time limit. If you need to invite more people or use its special advanced features, you can choose between three payment plans.
How to create a Zoom meeting?
You need to Sign Up or Log in, and then just follow the official instruction which you can find here. Also, if you need to join an already existing meeting, get started with a webinar, or recover a deleted meeting, send a zoom meeting invite of anything else, check out this official Zoom FAQ page.
Is there a Zoom teacher tutorial?
Yes. There is an official Zoom teacher guide with all useful tips and tricks that might be in handy. You can find it here.
Can Zoom be used on iPhone?
Yes. You just need to download an app. Also, there is an app to use Zoom on Android.
Can Zoom record meetings?
Yes, all meetings are being recorded automatically for all paid subscribers. The Basic plan members, it is possible to record Zoom meetings by clicking the “Record” button. Though, you need the host or meeting organizer’s permission for that. If it is you who is the host, go to the Settings page on the Zoom website to set the permission.
Well, there are no platforms with the same capacity and same possibilities, but there are some services that can be a part substitute for Zoom. Here are some of them:
- Skype. It is a free platform allows you to have group chats with up to 50 participants at a time. You can share your screen there, chat, and swap files. You can use it on your smartphone, computer, and the web page.
- Google Meet. It is also a free platform for one-to-one and group chats and video calls. It is available for any Gmail user and allows to make up conferences with up to 250 participants.
- Whereby. This one allows you to have a video conference with four participants for free. It has screen sharing, chat, and recording features. Also, it has a YouTube integration.
- Facebook Messenger has also improved its group video calls. Be sure to use it for your personal online conversations or small business online meetings.
- Viber. It is a world’s popular messenger that also allows you making group video calls. First, you have to gather all the participants in one chat, and then you can start video calling them. iPhone, Android, and desktop versions are available for free.
There are some other Zoom alternatives available. Maybe you have one to add to our list? Anyways, as you see, there is no direct analog for Zoom. Zoom gives you way more features and possibilities than all the named alternatives combined.