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Zoom Teleconferencing: What’s the 411?
March 16, 2016 by Priscilla Barolo

A common misconception about Zoom is that it only works for desktop and smartphone-based video meetings. This is waayyyyyy off base, as anyone who reads this blog should know, considering we talk a lot about our conference room solutions. But there is another way to join a Zoom meeting: Your good, old fashioned telephone. That’s right, that thing that was invented just over 140 years ago can join a state-of-the-art Zoom meeting too via teleconferencing! By now you’re probably amazed and have several questions. Let’s take them one-by-one…

Why Would I Join By Telephone?

For those of us now accustomed to joining video meetings on Zoom, teleconferencing can seem totally insufficient. I can’t see the other person! How do I know what they’re thinking and doing? There are, however, some scenarios where teleconferencing can be helpful or even vital. Off the top of our head: if you don’t have a working microphone or speaker on your desktop, your smartphone or tablet dies, or you don’t have reliable access to the Internet to support VoIP (aka computer audio).Live Demo

How Do I Join a Zoom meeting via Teleconferencing?

If you are joining a scheduled meeting, you should see a teleconferencing phone number right in the invitation. In the US, it should look something like this:

Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)

Meeting ID: 555 555 5555

International numbers available:

Dial any phone number listed for your country (you might see toll free numbers too if the host has a Premium Audio plan), and enter the meeting ID listed. You will be prompted to enter your unique participant ID – you can just press # to skip this step unless you’re pairing your phone to your computer (see the next section).

How Do I have Video While I’m Teleconferencing?

You just want it all, don’t you? Well, that’s no problem. If you want to join the meeting by your computer for video, but use your telephone instead of VoIP for your audio, that’s also an option. Here are the steps:

  1. Join a Zoom meeting on your computer.
  2. Once you are in the meeting, select Join Audio in the bottom menu bar.
  3. Follow instructions on the Dial In section of the dialog box to dial in from your phone.

Note: If you decided to Join via telephone after Joining via computer, please select Audio Options and Leave Computer Audio. Then enter #Participant ID#. Otherwise you may hear audio feedback or echo in the meeting.

How do I Schedule Teleconferencing-Only Meetings?

Let’s say you know in advance that you only want to use telephones for your Zoom meeting. Here’s how:

  1. Schedule or update your meeting with “enable join before host” selected (this is only necessary if you don’t have our Premium Audio plan).
  2. Next, follow the steps that apply in your case:

Anything Else?

One final note about teleconferencing: You won’t have host controls from your telephone such as recording and the mute all/individual functionality.

If you’d like to learn more about Zoom and teleconferencing (or literally anything Zoom-related), sign up for a live demo with a Zoom product specialist today!