Skip to end of metadata
Go to start of metadata

About Zoom

Zoom is Brandeis University's preferred web conferencing platform. Zoom allows you to hold simple online meetings or host a fully immersive and interactive, synchronous online learning environment with up to 50 participants. Zoom offers a high-quality and easy-to-use video, audio, and wireless screen-sharing experience across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Linux, Zoom Rooms, and H.323/SIP room systems.

Getting Started: User Guide

Downloading the Zoom app

Zoom is an application that must be installed on your computer or mobile device in order to host or participate in a meeting.

Once you have logged in to your account, click on "Host a Meeting". The desktop app will then auto-download. Alternatively, you can click on the download footer link at or directly from 

  • For iOS, visit the Apple App Store and search "zoom"
  • For Android, visit Google Play and search "zoom"

Obtaining an account:

Zoom host accounts are available at no cost to all Brandeis Faculty/Staff/Students (anyone with an email address).

To obtain a host account, simply visit and click on "sign in". You will then be prompted to login from the main Brandeis UNet login page. If you do not already have an account, the system will automatically provision an account for you.

To Start

After you launch the app, you have two options. You can select "Join a Meeting" or "Sign In."  If you just want to join a meeting-in-progress click on "Join a meeting."  If you would like to log in and start or schedule your own meeting, click on "Sign In."

Note: The client version number is located on the bottom of this dialog box.

Logging In

To login, click on the "Sign In" button and then in the next window, click "Sign in using SSO" to sign in with Brandeis Unet credentials via the Brandeis login page.

It will ask you to specify the domain of the institution. In the box, just type "brandeis".
It will then ask you to login via the main Brandeis login page.

Home Screen

Once you have logged in, you will see the main dialog box as shown below. The default tab is "Home". 

You can:

  • Click on Start without video to start a meeting sharing your "desktop" or "application"
  • Click on Start with video to start a video meeting
  • Click on Schedule to set up a a future meeting
  • Click on Join to join a meeting that has already been started 

Note: Click on the dropdown to view your profile, check for updates, switch accounts and logout.



Select "Meetings" to view, start, edit, and delete your personal meeting ID, scheduled meetings, and recorded meetings. Click here for more information on Personal Meeting ID(PMI).
Note: PMI Partially blocked for privacy.

You can:

  • Start: Selecting start will start the pre-scheduled meeting that you have listed in your upcoming meetings.
  • Edit:  You can edit or update your scheduled meeting.
  • Delete: Selecting delete will permanently delete your scheduled meeting.
  • Copy: Here you can copy your scheduled meeting(s) invitation text and manually paste into an email, IM, SMS etc. 
Note: if you do not see your scheduled meeting, click the refresh tab in the upper right-hand corner to update/refresh the meeting list.

Zoom Settings

 You can find the Settings tab in the main dialog box or in the meeting menu bar. After clicking Settings, you will have the following options:

  • General: You can select default preferences
  • Audio: You can test, select and adjust your speakers, and microphone
  • Video: You can test and select your video camera
  • Feedback: We welcome any questions, comments, or feedback
  • Recording: Here you can browse/open your stored recordings (all recordings are stored on your local device/computer) 
  • Account/Pro account: Here you can upgrade your account to PRO and manage your account details (learn more)











Meeting Features

 Once you have started or joined a meeting, you can perform the following actions from the menu bar located at the bottom of the meeting window (move your mouse to toggle):
You can:

  • Invite more people to join by email, IM, SMS (mobile users) or meeting ID (learn more)
  • Screen share your desktop or specific application window (learn more)
  • Group or private chat (learn more)
  • Record your meeting (learn more)
  • Manage participants (learn More)
  • Mute and unmute your audio
  • Select audio options (learn more)
  • Stop and start your video
  • Configure your settings (learn more)
  • Leave or end the meeting