Zoom ‘1 to 1’ calls – making and answering

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Here’s how to call someone using Zoom or answer a call, then some of things you can do in a call.

Zoom makes a blurry distinction between a call (between two people) and a meeting (more than two).  It’s even possible to start/accept a Zoom call while in a Zoom meeting or vice-versa.

However, there’s no clear difference between a ‘call’ and a ‘meeting’. Sometimes there’s only a ‘Meet’ option and in a ‘call’ there are meeting options.  It seems that Zoom considers all audio/video connections to be ‘meetings’.

Here we’ll focus on Zoom ‘one to one’ calls which is a simple way to start with Zoom.

If you haven’t already, setup a free Zoom account and test your speaker, microphone and camera.

Hopefully you know someone else with Zoom that you can try out calling with.

Starting a call

Open a call by finding the person on your contacts list see Setup Contacts on Zoom then choose whatever call or meet options are available.

On an iPad, go to Contacts, select a contact then click the circled i at top right.  Then tap on the top line of ‘About Chat’.

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That opens up the communication options for that contact; Meet, Call, Chat and Share.  Tap Call to start the call.

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In the Zoom program for Windows, there’s only meeting choices.  Select ‘Meet with Video’ or ‘Meet without Video’ from the menu or just click Meet.

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You can switch video on/off during the call regardless of the starting selection.

Answering a call

Make sure your Zoom program or app has started and you’re logged into your account.

If someone calls you, a popup will appear like this in Windows.

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On an iPad it’s much the same.

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Click Accept to start the call.

Or Decline and perhaps use Zoom chat (text messaging) to arrange another time.

Automatically join audio when joining a meeting

If it’s your first time using Zoom you might see this dialog instead.

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Check the box at the bottom “Automatically join audio when joining a meeting” to stop this box appearing in future.

Click on ‘Join with Computer Audio’ to start the call.

During a call

While you’re in the call there are many options available.

In the Windows app, there’s a screen like this.

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At bottom left are choices to turn on/off the microphone or camera.

On an iPad, the options are hidden away a little. Tap on the screen and the top bar of options will appear.

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Get ready to Zoom ….

Setup Contacts on Zoom

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