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Having issues with Zoom? Here’s a list of ways to resolve them.

Having issues with Zoom? Here’s a list of ways to resolve them.

Has your company found another app to make long——distance meetings productive? Or you have found another app that is doing a better job than Zoom? Well, either way, it is time to say your Goodbyes. How to delete your Zoom account?  Deleting a Zoom account is super easy if you are using it for free.  Step1: Open up the Zoom website in your web browser and log in to your account. Step 2: Then go to, “My Account”. Here, select, “Account management” and go to “Account profile”.  Step 3: Here, you will find basic information related to your account. And just below the information, you will find a button, “ Terminate My Account”, to terminate your account. Step 4: After selecting the, “Terminate My Account”, A pop-up will appear in front of you to ask for the confirmation. Step 5: Just chill! It’s been done. How to cancel a Zoom subscription? Step 1: Open up the zoom website in your browser and go to, “My Account”. Step 2: Now, select, “Billing” from the built-in menu visible at the left screen of your device. Step 3: Now you will be taken to your current plans, consisting of all the details regarding your subscription. Here, you will find an option of, “Cancel Subscription”. Select, “Cancel Subscription” to cancel the subscription. Step 4: Now, Zoom will one more time ask for confirmation, with a deadline to download all the recordings from your Zoom account as they will be deleted forever after the expiration of this period. Note: You will not be automatically billed for the next billing cycle from Zoom, but you will be able to use Zoom for the remaining time of your current cycle. How to Cancel a Zoom Meeting? Once in a while, such scenarios are possible to occur when you have to cancel your Zoom meeting and reschedule on a later date. But, as literally, the whole world has moved online, people are tight-packed managing home and work, and won’t be available soon.  So, avoid canceling meetings if it’s not an urgency & always send an email to all the attendees informing them regarding the cancellation & if they are available at some other time. Now, how to cancel the Zoom meeting: Step 1: Launch the Zoom on your device and go to the “Meetings”. Step 2: All of Your upcoming meetings will show on the right side of your screen. Select the meeting you would like to cancel. Step 3: The selected meeting will appear with 4 different options: StartDeleteEditCopy Invitation Select, “Delete”. Step 4: After selecting, “Delete”, Zoom will send a pop-up telling you that you can recover the meeting within 7 days from the “Recently Deleted” page. Below the message, you will find the, “Yes”, and “No” buttons. Select, “Yes”. And that’s how you cancel a meeting. Now send an email informing all attendees regarding the cancellation.
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How to set up a Zoom Meeting

How to set up a Zoom Meeting

In the era of working from home, Zoom has become a leading video-conferencing application. Most corporations and even educational institutions prefer Zoom to conduct online meetings, webinars and digital get-togethers. Up to 100 participants can engage in an audio or video conference, chat, or webinar with a restricted time of 40 minutes.  Downloading Zoom  If you are joining a meeting as an attendee, you don’t have to download and install zoom on your device. However, if you’re the host of the meeting, then you will need to install the app on your device.  Follow the steps mentioned below to download and install Zoom: Open Zoom’s download center. Click on the “Download; button under “Zoom Client for Meetings”.  Choose the location where you’d like to save the download. After the download is finished successfully, “ZoomInstaller” will appear. Run the software, and Zoom will begin installing. Once the installation is complete, Zoom will open automatically. Setting up Zoom Meeting  When you open Zoom, you’ll be given a few different options. Select the “New Meeting” icon to start a new meeting. Then, you’ll be in a virtual video conferencing room. At the bottom of the window, select “Invite.” A new tab will appear with various methods for inviting people to the call. By default, you’ll be in the “Contacts” tab. If you have a list of contacts, you can select the person you want to contact and then click on the “Invite” tab in the bottom-right corner of the window. Alternatively, you can choose the “Email” tab and pick an email service to send the invitation. An email with the different methods for joining will appear on your screen. Enter the recipients in the “To” address bar and then select the “Send” button. If you wish to invite someone via Slack or any other communication app, you can do the following:-  Copy the conference invitation URL.Copy the invitation email and share it with them. 8. Now you can enjoy your call. Once you’re done with the call, select the “End Meeting” tab in the bottom-right corner of your window.
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How to Hide your Background during Video calls in Zoom

How to Hide your Background during Video calls in Zoom

Working from home has become a major part of most of our lives. Every now and then, we need to attend video conferences. However, you might feel uncomfortable showing your untidy room during a professional video call.  To save you from much embarrassment, the virtual background feature comes in handy. It can hide your real background environment and give it a professional touch.  Hiding your Background during Video calls in Zoom Download, install, and open Zoom. Select the “Settings” icon in the top-right corner of the window.  Source: THE VERGE Select “Virtual Background” from the “Settings” window.  Source: THE VERGE Then, you’ll see a video preview of your current background environment along with a “Rotate 90° option on the top right-hand side. Source: THE VERGE Below the preview, you’ll find a few backgrounds to choose from. You can also select the “I Have A Green Screen” or “Mirror My Video” option. If you have a green screen in your background, make sure to check that option because it will improve the quality of your virtual background significantly.Select one of the virtual backgrounds from the library. Source: THE VERGE The background will instantly appear behind you and the actual background will be completely hidden. Source: THE VERGE If you’re unsatisfied with the background options in the library, you can use your own options. Select the “Add Image or Video” button (represented by the “+” icon) from the virtual background selection panel. Then, choose “Add Image” or “Add Video.” Source: THE VERGE Zoom will open the File Explorer (or Finder for Mac). Open the location of the image or video you’d like to use, select it, and then click the “Open” button. Source: THE VERGE The selected background will now be implemented. Make sure that the chosen image is of high-resolution. This will ensure that your video’s quality won’t decrease.  
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How to Change your Zoom Background

How to Change your Zoom Background

At times, working from home can get tiring and boring. Putting an attractive and engaging virtual background can help to brighten things up. Here’s how! Changing Background on Zoom Using the settings menu, you can hide and replace your original background environment with a video or photo. Click on the up-arrow next to “Stop Video.” Then, select “Choose Virtual Background” from the menu.  Then, you’ll see a few background videos (those with a Video Camera icon at the bottom left) and photos that you can use as a background. To use your photo or video, click on the plus sign (+) above the provided images and videos. Now, file Explorer (or Finder on a Mac) will open. Browse and select the image or video you want to set as your background. Then, the selected photo/video will appear as an option under the “Choose Virtual Background” window. Which Videos or Images Can You Use? There are a few factors considering which you can check which types of virtual backgrounds you can use on your computer. The main factor is the specs on your PC or Mac. Use an image that has a resolution equal to or higher than the webcam’s resolution. If you’re unsure of your camera’s resolution, you can check it online. You just have to give them access to your camera, and then click a button to see the results. You can find other factors on Zoom’s website.  Choosing an Image or Video You can find many interesting and attractive backgrounds online. E.g. a company named “Budget Direct” has turned a scene from the famous cartoon series “Sailor Moon to Rick and Morty” into real-life backgrounds. Budget Direct’s version of Finn’s bedroom. Budget Direct You can also find nice GIFs, like Canva shown below. However, you’ll need a computer with higher processing power to use a video or GIF as your background.  P.S. Regardless of all the fun backgrounds, make sure to choose a background that complements your dressing sense and suits the occasion of the video conference.
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What is Zoombombing and how you can prevent it

What is Zoombombing and how you can prevent it

Zoom has become a large part of our lives. We engage on the platform daily. However, a common issue is occurring nowadays called “Zoombombing.”  What is it? How can you prevent it?  You can learn all about it here.  What Is Zoombombing? “Zoombombing” means uninvited and disruptive intrusion. This is done to gain a few cheap laughs at the expense of the participants. Zoombombers often pass racial comments, use abusive language or share offensive images. Zoom Bombing isn’t a security flaw. The issue is in people’s handling of public Zoom meeting links. These links are shared thousands of times between clients, friends, colleagues, classmates, and so on. If a user isn’t careful about the links, it will allow the Zoom meeting to become accessible to the public. Then, anyone who finds the link can join an on-going meeting. Public Zoom meeting links can show up in the results section when people search for “zoom.us” on Google. Anyone who finds such links can join that meeting. It should be noted that Zoomboming is illegal in a lot of places including the U.S.  How to Protect Yourself? On April 5, 2020, Zoom announced some features that improve meeting securities. These features would be enabled by default. However, it’s better to take necessary precautions to protect yourself and your near ones. Log into Zoom via the web portal.Click on the “Settings” tab on the left-hand side. Features You Should Disable Here you can find many useful features. Follow the guidelines mentioned below to learn which features should be disabled.  “Embed Password in Meeting Link for One-Click Join”: By enabling this feature,  anyone who clicks on the link can join the meeting.  This defeats the purpose of requiring a password. Hence, turn this feature off. “Screen Sharing”: This feature allows the host and participants to share their screens during the meeting. You can disable this completely or allow only the host of the meeting to share their screen. This way you can ensure that people do not share inappropriate content during the meeting.  “Remote Control”: This allows the screen sharer to let other participants take remote control of their system. Disable this feature. “File Transfer”: this feature allows the participants to share files in the meeting chatroom. You can disable this if you don’t want files to be shared. You can also select the “Only Allow Specified File Types” option. This will ensure that people only share certain types of files. “Allow Participants to Rename Themselves”: Disable this option since it will prevent Zoombombers typing a message as their name.  “Join Before Host”: This feature is disabled by default due to security purposes. “Allow Removed Participants to Rejoin”: This feature is also disabled by default. If it is enabled, kicked out participants can rejoin. Surely, you wouldn’t want the Zoombomber to come back.   Features You Should Enable It is recommended that the following features should be enabled: “Mute Participants Upon Entry”: If someone manages to Zoombomb your meeting, don’t allow them to speak up. Later, you can decide who gets to talk. “Always Show Meeting Control Toolbar”: This feature means that you’ll have quick access to the controls during a meeting. “Identify Guest Participants in the Meeting/Webinar”: This identifies who belongs in your group, as well as any attendees who join as guests. “Waiting Room”: This places all the participants in a waiting room before they’re able to join the meeting. Then, the host will decide if they can join or not. As of April 5, 2020, this feature is enabled by default. “Require a Password When Scheduling New Meetings”: It forces people to type a password before they can join a meeting. This won’t allow someone who found the link to join directly.  This is also enabled by default.  Remember to make security and privacy your top priority whenever you use Zoom.
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