Joining a Zoom Meeting

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You may need to join a Zoom meeting or many meetings throughout the quarter.  Most links will be shared with you in your Canvas course, but you may also receive links through email or links posted to websites.

You do not need the Zoom Desktop App to join meetings.  The app does provide more features and controls during the meeting, but it is not a requirement.  The steps below will walk you through joining a Zoom meeting from a Web Browser. If you'd like to Download the Zoom Desktop app you can do so at 

If you'd like to join Zoom meetings from phone, you must go to the app store and download the Zoom Cloud Meetings application first.

How to Join a Meeting Video

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Locate the link for the Zoom meeting you want to join.
  2. Click the link (a new tab will open)
  3. In the new tab that opens, along the bottom there is a Click Here link.  Select that link to be directed to the Join Meeting page.
    1. If you have already installed the Zoom Desktop client, choose the option to launch the application now.
  4. In the Join Meeting page, the meeting room ID and if a password was used, will be automatically added because you selected the link from your course or email.
  5. Type your name as you want others to see it in the Zoom webinar and Join the meeting.

If you choose to join from the desktop app or the mobile app, you may not need to be signed into the application.  However, it is strongly encouraged that you do.  On the login screen, click SSO and log in with your SPU Username and Password.

Zoom sign in screen showing where the SSO button is located on the left side of the application.

Joining a Zoom meeting via canvas

  • Go to your canvas course
  • Locate Zoom in your navigation panel
  • Click on Zoom
  • You will find the link to join a meeting.

Troubleshooting Zoom Issues

If you try joining a Zoom meeting and you have issues there are some things you can to try to alleviate the problems, by reviewing the How to Optimize your Zoom Connection on the CIS HelpDesk Wiki.

You can also try Joining a Zoom Test room in advance of your meetings, to make sure your connection and computer/mobile hardware will work -