Start or join a 100-person meeting with crystal-clear, face-to-face video, high quality screen sharing, and instant messaging - for free. Zoom brings video conferencing, online meetings and group messaging into one easy-to-use application.

It's super easy: install the free Zoom app, click on "Host a Meeting" and invite up to 100 people to join.

Zoom offers video, audio and screen-sharing experience across Windows PC, macOS, iOS, Android and H.323/SIP room systems.

What is the difference between paid and free Zoom?

Zoom free license gives you unlimited time for individual meetings, but group meetings are limited to 40 minutes with up to 100 video participants. A free license also allows for screen sharing. Zoom Pro (paid) gets you unlimited group meetings, a personalized meeting ID, and access to add-ons like Zoom Webinars, Zoom Rooms, Cloud Room Connector, etc.

What happens if I go over 40 minutes on Zoom?

After 40 minutes, the meeting will end, in this case users can restart the meeting after waiting 1 minute by clicking the same meeting link or starting a new meeting.

Do I need an account to attend a Zoom meeting?

No, you do not need an account to attend a Zoom meeting. However, if you want to host a meeting, you must first sign up for an account.

Is Zoom secure?

By default, free and paid Zoom accounts use 256-bit AES encryption to share audio, video, and application sharing. Right now, Zoom also offers End-to-End Encryption (E2EE) as a technical preview, though enabling this setting also disables some features.

Can I record a meeting with Zoom?

Yes, you can record meetings on your local device with a free license. Pro accounts add 1GB storage for cloud recording.

What are the best Zoom alternatives?

There are several Zoom alternatives, some of them include free plans to host meetings like Google Meet, Cisco Webex, Skype, and MS Teams.



  • Screen share directly from your Android device
  • Screen share photos, web and Google Drive, Dropbox or Box files
  • Send group text, images and audio from mobile and desktop
  • Contact availability status
  • Easily invite phone, email or company contacts
  • Join as interactive participant or view-only webinar attendee
  • Works over WiFi, 4G/LTE and 3G networks
  • Safe driving mode while on the road
  • Connect with anyone on Android, other mobile devices, Windows, Mac, iOS, ZoomPresence, H.323/SIP room systems, and telephones


The Zoom Chrome Extension allows participants to schedule Zoom cloud meetings directly from Google Calendar. With the click of a button, you can start an instant meeting or schedule a future meeting. The meeting URL and information is sent via a Google Calendar invitation so the attendee can join with a single-click. Zoom Chrome Extension allows you to:

  • Start an instant meeting
  • Schedule a meeting
  • Schedule a meeting for other

Focus Mode

In focus mode, only the host can see participants' videos and profile pictures. You can start Focus Mode from the "More" menu on the toolbar of the desktop client. This setting is available at the account-, group-, and user-level settings pages. This requires the desktop client for Windows or macOS version 5.7.3 or higher.

What's New

Changes to existing features

  • Breakout Rooms 100 enabled for all accounts - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
  • The maximum capacity of Breakout Rooms has been increased for all accounts, supporting up to 100 breakout rooms, with a maximum capacity of 1000 in a single breakout room or up to 1000 total among all breakout rooms (depending on account limits). This also affects the pre-assignment limits, raising them also to 100 rooms and 1000 participants. Previously, this increased Breakout Rooms capacity required Zoom enablement.

New and enhanced features

General features

  • Activity Center - Windows, macOS: Notifications for cloud recordings and transcripts, missed phone and video calls, received voicemails, SMS messages, and whiteboards will all be consolidated into the Activity Center. Users can view their notifications, mark them as unread, filter the displayed notifications, and control which activities provide a notification.
  • Zoom Network Connectivity Tool - Windows, macOS: This tool allows users to run a series of tests on their network connection, providing insights into any issues they may be experiencing. Logs can be exported to be provided to Zoom Support for more severe issues and troubleshooting, as well as the ability to run the network test on a specific server URL.
  • Additional MSI/PLIST/GPO/MDM options:
    • Allow users to access Network Diagnostics Tool - EnableDiagnostic - Windows, macOS
    • Enabled by default, this policy controls the ability for the desktop client to access the Network Connectivity Tool, which allows a user to test their network connection with Zoom services.
    • Set IP address for Zoom Mesh local detection - MeshMulticastIP - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
    • Set as by default, this policy allows admins to specify a valid IP address to be a UDP multicast IP for Zoom apps to declare themselves and detect each other in their local sub-network ( Admins can choose other IP addresses within the range of [,].
    • Set network port for for Zoom Mesh nodes - MeshMulticastPort - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
    • This policy allows an admin to specify a valid port to be used as the UDP multicast port to communicate with other Zoom Mesh nodes on the network. The default port is 36699.
    • Set network port range for Zoom Mesh parent-child node communication - MeshListenPortRange - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
    • This policy allows an admin to choose a valid port range that will be used to set up listen sockets for connection requests between Mesh parents and children nodes. The nodes will also use this range to send signals and media data. The default port range is 18801-19800.
    • Allow external participants to connect via Zoom Mesh - EnableGuestMesh - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
    • Disabled by default, this allows external users (not on your account) to join a Webinar through the local Zoom Mesh-enabled network. Other requirements must be met, such as the device having the minimum supported client version for Mesh connections and the associated account setting in the web portal also enabled.

Meeting/webinar features

  • On-demand watermark - Windows, macOS, Linux
  • The host of a meeting or webinar can enable or disable the visual watermark as needed during the live session. This must be allowed by account Admins and can be controlled at the Account-, Group-, and User-level web settings. This feature must be enabled by Zoom.
  • Custom watermark location - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
  • Meeting hosts can choose where the watermark will appear, helping them avoid locations that distract or obscure the presenter or presentation. This feature must be enabled by Zoom.
  • Cloud recording support for sign language interpretation - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
  • Hosts can enable their cloud recordings to capture sign language interpretation as an additional video file and view option when watching the recording.
  • Save my speaking language - Windows, macOS, Linux
  • When enabling translated captions, the user can choose to save the selection to be used for future meetings.
  • Follow the host option always available - WIndows, macOS, Linux
  • Meeting hosts will always have the option to push their view of meeting participants to others in the meeting. Previously, this was only available when a custom gallery view organization was set.

Meeting features

  • Joining a meeting with Okta authentication for end-to-end encryption (E2EE) - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS: If enabled by their admins, users can join an end-to-end encrypted meeting with identity information provided by Okta. A badge assigned to the user indicates that the information provided by Okta matches those provided by Zoom; meeting participants must review that the displayed account domain and user information are trusted identifiers.

Whiteboard features

  • Version history for in-meeting whiteboards - Windows, macOS, Linux: Whiteboards opened or created during a meeting now include a Version History that summarizes the changes made by users. The Version History provides a list of current and previous versions, including revisions made by users such as edits, updates, deletions, and new pages. Ability to restore previous versions can be performed only by whiteboard owners.

Team Chat features

  • Personal note enhancements - Windows, macOS, Android, iOS: Various enhancements have been made to make the personal note feature easier and more impactful to use.
  • Consolidated notifications for channel member changes - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS: When users join, leave, are added by, or removed by another user, the various chat notifications displayed in the chat channel are consolidated down when there are multiple of these notifications in a given day. This provides more visual space for chat messages, while still providing the additional information when needed.

Zoom Mail and Calendar

  • Offline mode for Mail - Windows, macOS: Users can choose to store some emails for later access when offline. Users can also compose new emails, reply, or forward emails while offline, which are automatically sent when online again.
  • Dark mode support for Calendar and Mail - Windows, macOS, Android, iOS: The Mail and Calendar tabs support displaying your inbox and calendar in the dark theme.
  • Support for Japanese, Spanish, French, and German - Windows, macOS, Android, iOS: Mail and Calendar UI and settings have been localized into Japanese, Spanish, French, and German languages. Previously, only English was supported.

Contact Center features

  • Enhancement to address book search - Windows, macOS: Supervisors and agents can search address book contacts by name and number using the Zoom desktop client.
  • Outbound video engagement - Windows, macOS: If configured by an admin, agents can start a video engagement with an address book contact by sending a join link using SMS or email. This feature must be enabled by Zoom.
  • UI enhancements - Windows, macOS: Agents can resize the Profile and Engagement panels and collapse the right-side Profile panel. When resized, UI elements are responsive so that information is visible.

Resolved Issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements
  • Resolved an issue regarding Zoom Phone connection issues (code 701) when connected to VPN - Windows, macOS, Linux
  • Resolved an issue when installing Skype plugin on devices set to the Chinese localization - Windows, macOS
  • Resolved an issue regarding missing line breaks with manual captioning - Windows
  • Resolved an issue regarding transferring a call to a Common Area Phone on your starred contacts list - Windows
  • Resolved an issue regarding call queue names not being displayed properly in the German localization - Windows
  • Resolved an issue regarding the Personal Note in Zoom Team Chat - Windows
  • Resolved an accessibility issue when switching between participant views and content from a second camera - Windows
  • Resolved an issue regarding Do not Disturb still allowing meeting call ringer audio - Windows
  • Resolved an issue regarding duplicate caller IDs for incoming calls from a call queue - Windows
  • Resolved an issue for a subset of users regarding status not being seen by others in the Phone tab - macOS
  • Resolved an issue regarding the code snippet option not being available - Linux
  • Resolved an issue regarding in-meeting chat behaving unexpectedly when a guest user joins a meeting - Linux
  • Resolved an issue regarding a missing Delete option for meetings - Linux
  • Resolved an issue for a subset of users regarding the Zoom app not opening properly after OS update - Android
  • Resolved an issue regarding recurring meetings not appearing in the Zoom app - iOS