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Zoom: Join a Meeting by Phone

Learn how to join a meeting on Zoom using your phone.

Teleconferencing use cases

You can join a Zoom meeting via teleconferencing/ audio conferencing using a traditional telephone. This is useful in occasions where:

  • you do not have a microphone or speaker on your computer,
  • you do not have a smartphone (iOS or Android) while on the road, or
  • you could not connect to a network for video and VoIP/ computer audio. 

You have two options for joining a zoom meeting by teleconferencing:

  1. Join by computer (for video) and telephone (for audio)
  2. Join by telephone only

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Option 1: Join by computer (for video) and telephone (for audio)

  1. Join a Zoom meeting
  2. Once you are in the meeting, select the Join Audio in the menu barJoin audio screen shot
  3. Follow instructions on the dialog box to Dial In
    Dial in screen shot
  4. Enter #Participant ID#. Otherwise you may hear audio feedback or echo in the meeting.

Option 2: Join by telephone only

  1. Dial a local number. See a list of dial-in numbers.
    For US calls: (408) 638-0968  -or-  (646) 558-8656
  2. You will be prompted to enter the meeting ID - the nine (9) or ten (10) digit ID provided to you by the host
  3. You will be prompted to enter your unique participant ID - Press # to skip
    Note: If you decided to Join via telephone after Joining via computer:
    1. Select Audio Options
      Zoom sound setting screen shot
    2. Click Leave Computer Audio.
      Leave computer audio screen shot
    3. Then enter #Participant ID#. Otherwise you may hear audio feedback or echo in the meeting.

Teleconference Only Meetings

  1. Schedule or update your scheduled meeting with 'enable join before host' selected.
    Enable join before host screen shot
  2. See which of the following applies to your case when scheduling or updating your meeting.
  3. See above 'Join by Teleconference' section.

Phone commands available for meeting participants

The following commands can be entered via DTMF tones using your phone's dialpad while in a Zoom Meeting:

  • Star (*) 6 - Toggle mute/ un-mute
  • Star (*) 9 - Toggle raise/ lower hand

Additional information

  • If you would like the meeting to last for unlimited duration you will have to schedule from a Pro account.
  • If you have scheduled the meeting from a basic account the meeting will timeout after forty-minutes with a thirty minute warning notification.
  • If you do not use a computer or app to control the meeting, you will not have host controls such as recording, mute all/ individual functionality.
  • The number of phones that can connect to a Zoom Meeting or Webinar is determined by account type and add-on assigned to the user account

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