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How to Use Zoom on a Chromebook

How to Use Zoom on a Chromebook

Many schools rely on Chromebooks as part of regular classroom instruction, even more so now to continue remote learning. Zoom is committed to delivering the optimal teaching and learning experience across all Chrome devices.

As of Sept. 21, 2020, we’ve updated the Chrome Web Store app to optimize CPU usage for all Chrome devices so that everyone using Zoom on a Chromebook has an easy-to-use, reliable experience. We also announced at Zoom Summer Academy 2020 our intention to build a next-generation Chrome client to ensure that schools can use Zoom on Chrome devices for the long term, and that work is underway.

Our commitment to Chrome

Zoom is currently developing a new Chrome client from the ground up. We are partnering with Google to ensure our new web client and progressive web applications are optimized for speed, features, and compatibility. This app will be the foundation of the Zoom on Chrome experience, and we expect to make it available well before the expected June 2021 sunset of the Chrome Web Store.

In the interim, we are continuing to update our existing Chrome application for speed and efficiency. For the best experience, please ensure you are running the latest Chrome OS and the latest Zoom on Chrome client, and close any unnecessary applications and browser tabs.

Using Zoom on a Chromebook

Zoom makes it easy for students to use our video solution on a Chromebook. We’ve compiled step-by-step instructions for how to best download, join, and use Zoom on a Chromebook. For the best functionality, we recommend using the Zoom Chrome Store app over the web browser, and these steps reflect that workflow and features.

Downloading Zoom to your Chromebook

To start using Zoom on your Chromebook:

1. Install the Zoom app from the Google Chrome store. (Here’s more info about adding apps to Chromebook.)

Download the Zoom app from the Chrome Web Store

2. Go to the app launcher and click on Zoom.

Launch Zoom on a Chromebook

3. Sign in using your school-issued Zoom credentials.

Sign in to Zoom on a chromebook

4. Join a test meeting to ensure your camera and mic are connected and that your internet connection is stable.

Once you’re connected, you’ll be able to immediately begin participating in your Zoom online classes.

You can also access our Zoom for Chrome OS support page for additional help downloading, joining, and starting a Zoom Meeting.

Zoom functionality on a Chromebook

Zoom on a Chromebook - full screen

Zoom for Chromebook offers much of the same great Zoom functionality as Windows or Mac desktop. You can:

  • Join audio/video
  • Manage participants
  • Invite others to join
  • Use Breakout Rooms
  • Control screen share
  • Use the in-meeting chat 
  • Pin a participant’s video
  • Start or stop your video
  • Switch to Gallery View

There are also some settings in place to ensure the best experience for using Chromebooks in a classroom setting.

Teachers hosting a Zoom class from a Chromebook can:

  • Access the Security icon in the meeting controls to lock the meeting, enable the Waiting Room, and remove participants
  • Share their entire screen or just a single application window
  • Record the session to the cloud (if using a paid Zoom account)
  • Create and assign students to Breakout Rooms

Teachers hosting a Zoom class on the Chromebook app won’t see the Whiteboard option when sharing their screen, nor will they have the Annotate option. Additionally, when sharing the entire screen, your camera is turned off by default, but you can toggle this setting in the meeting controls.

Chromebook classroom participants can:

  • View a teacher’s shared screen and share their own if enabled
  • Use nonverbal feedback like Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down
  • Raise their hand to ask a question
  • Chat with the teacher
  • Join Breakout Rooms created by the teacher

Students and other participants also don’t have the Annotate option on shared screens.

Additional tips & resources

A few other tips for anyone using Zoom’s Chromebook app:

  • Always upgrade to the latest version of Chrome OS for the best performance.
  • Reduce the number of open tabs and apps to avoid spreading out your CPU usage.
  • Avoid connecting multiple monitors to minimize CPU load constraints.

For additional Chromebook support, access the Chromebook Help Center.

To learn more about using for remote learning and digital education during this time, visit our Educating Over Zoom resource page. Or check out some education-specific blog posts for more tips on using Zoom:

You can also contact a Zoom product specialist to learn about the additional benefits of a Zoom for Education plan.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 23, 2020, and has been updated with the latest information about Zoom for Chrome devices.

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