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Zoom test meeting: check your hardware before a call

An online meeting requires two things to work well; a service that can handle audio and video streams well, and a stable internet connection. It is up to a user to find a service that is capable of handling audio and video calls well. If you plan on using Zoom for meetings, you can check if your internet connection can handle audio and video streaming.

Zoom test meeting

Zoom test meeting

Zoom can be used for free and as such, you can always start a random meeting with zero participants and check if everything is working. That said, if you don’t have a Zoom account or you want try your hand at a test meeting regardless, Zoom has you covered.

Start Zoom test meeting – Desktop

To start a Zoom test meeting, follow these steps.

  1. Open a modern internet browser like Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari.
  2. Visit the Zoom Test meeting page.
  3. Click Join.
  4. Open the Zoom client when prompted to.
  5. If you do not have the Zoom app installed, dismiss the prompt and click on Launch Meeting.
  6. Zoom will ask if you can see yourself in the camera, play audio via the speakers, and have you speak into the mic.
  7. If the hardware is all working, you’re good to start a meeting.

Start Zoom test meeting – mobile

In order to start a Zoom test meeting on a mobile device, you must have the official Zoom app installed on your phone. It is available for both Android and iOS.

  1. On your phone, visit the Zoom Test Meeting page in your browser.
  2. Click Join.
  3. Click Launch meeting.
  4. Allow your browser to open the Zoom app.
  5. Test the audio and video.
  6. If everything is working, end the meeting.

Check internet speed

The Zoom test meeting checks your hardware but if you want to check your internet speed. we recommend two tools that you should try.

Speed.net is the go-to tool for checking your internet’s speed. Visit the website and click Go. You should have decent speed and low ping. 

There is also Fast by Netflix. It’s meant to check if your internet can support streaming from Netflix but it’s a great tool to check if your internet speed will allow you hold an online meeting as well. If your internet connection is fast enough for Netflix, it will be fast enough for an online meeting.

Conclusion

It’s always a good idea to test Zoom out for a meeting, especially if you’ve just installed the app or you plan on using it on a system you aren’t familiar with. The test call is free but acts as a great pre-call check. If something is wrong, you have time before the meeting starts to fix it. 

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