Meetings and Work Sessions (Zoom)

Zoom is available to anyone with a Princeton NetID and does not require administrative permissions to install. If you do not already have an account set up, get started here:

  • Login with your NetID and password.  This will require DUO authentication.
  • The first time you use Zoom, you’ll be prompted to run and install the zoom-launcher.

When you receive an invite for a Zoom meeting, you’ll be provided with a link to join the meeting.  

  1. Click the link to run and install the zoom-launcher.  
  2. Click the file to install the launcher.

Upon completion, your meeting should begin.

You will need the following: 

  • Device with a good Internet connection (see Bandwidth Requirements, below)
  • Headphones or earbuds (optional)
  • Microphone (a separate microphone can be better than your device's built-in, if possible)
  • Web camera (optional, preferred for face-to-face contact)

How do I use it? 

Once you're in a Zoom meeting, you can use features like turning your video and microphone settings on and off, inviting other meeting participants, chatting with other meeting participants, recording the meeting, and sharing your screen.

Important message on recording virtual meetings

The use of Zoom and other University electronic services, equipment and systems are subject to Princeton University’s policies, including the Acceptable Use Policy.  Pursuant to the Acceptable Use Policy, non-public virtual meetings must not be recorded except when recording is necessary to facilitate University operations and serve institutional needs.  For examples of recordings that serve institutional needs, please see the Guidelines for Compliance with the Acceptable Use Policy, under “Limits on Recordings.”

Host a meeting

When you schedule a new meeting in Zoom, you are the host of the meeting. As the meeting's host, you have full permissions to manage the meeting and the meeting participants.

Host controls and actions

Host Control Bar

Participate in a meeting

A meeting host can invite you to join a Zoom meeting by sharing the meeting details with you. As a participant, you can use many of the features included in Zoom to engage in the session, such as chatting with individuals, chatting with the group, and sending reactions.

Participant controls and actions

Participant Control Bar

Zoom bandwidth requirements

Zoom recommends a broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) Internet connection. This can also translate to a broadband cable/wireless cellular data service bandwidth range of of 600kbps to 1.5 Mbps (recommended).  Note that most common broadband cable and fiber-based services offer service levels above these recommendations.  Cellular MiFI devices or tethered smart phones also meet these recommended levels.

For complete details, see the published Zoom requirements.