Zoom meetings will be the online meeting software of choice (at least for now) for our confirmation classes. It’s free, fairly easy to use, and seems quite robust.
So, how do you get zoom? If you are computer-savvy, just skip this guide and get it installed. If you need help however, this guide is here to make it as easy as possible.
Step 1: Open a web browser (Internet Explorer, Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Brave, Safari, Edge, etc – the browser you use should not matter). Open the website https://zoom.us. It should look like this:
Step 2: Now, in the middle of that page, enter your email address where it says “enter your work email” and then press “Sign Up Free”. What email address you use does not matter, as long as you have access to it. It apparently now asks you for your age. Just fib about your birth year – put in 2000. You should now see something like this:
Step 3: Open your email client/mail program/gmail/outlook and you should see an activation email which looks something like this:
Click the big blue button in the email, and it should take you to a new page to finalize your account creation.
Step 4: When it asks if you are signing up on behalf of a school, choose no and press Continue.
Step 5: Now you will be asked to fill in your personal information. Do so, then continue.
Step 6: You should now see the screen below. When you do, choose “Skip this step”
Step 7: At this point your install is 90% completed! If you are going to be using a phone or tablet for confirmation, then install the Zoom app (found easily on the Apple Store or Google Play) and log in with your email address and your new password.
Step 8: Connect to the Zoom meeting provided by Pastor Mayer (he will email it to you). Open the email from pastor and click on the meeting link. It will open up a webpage for you. When you connect for the first time on a computer, you will have to download the Zoom app. You may see a screen like this:
If you are not prompted to download automatically, then choose “download & run Zoom”. You will see something like this:
Save the file, then run it. It will install a simple Zoom connector, which will make meetings connect properly. Then try the meeting URL from pastor again, and you should connect. You can also just start the Zoom client from the icon – you will see a screen like this:
Press “Join a Meeting”,then enter in the meeting ID and password. That should get you online!