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UC San Diego Zoom - Video and Web Conferencing

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Learn about Zoom, a web-based teleconference and video conference solution, the UC replacement for ReadyTalk.

About Zoom

Zoom offers the best in class video, audio, and screen-sharing experience across Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

Only the host of a Zoom call needs to have a Zoom account. Use it anytime for any meeting, conference, or person-to-person video calls. There is no cost to your department.

Getting Started

Acquiring a Zoom Pro account is a 2 step process. Pro accounts have no time limits on meetings.

  1. Sign up for a Zoom Basic account using your SSO account.
  2. Request an upgrade to a Pro account.
    • All faculty and staff are eligible for a Pro account. Students are only eligible for a Basic account.
    • Once your request is approved, you will receive an email notifying you your account has been upgraded to a Pro account (1-2 business days).
  3. Review our User Guide for detailed instructions.


UC San Diego Health has a separate instance of Zoom for Health Sciences.
UC San Diego Health faculty and staff can create Zoom accounts a https://uchealth.zoom.us/

Basic Zoom account - 40 minute meeting limit

Key Features

  • Host group meetings
    • Up to 300 people
    • Up to 40 minutes
  • One-to-one video calls are unlimited
  • Available for All UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students with an @ucsd.edu email address

Zoom Pro account - no limit meetings

Key Features

    • Must be upgraded by IT Services
    • Host group meetings
      • Up to 300 people
      • Unlimited time
    • One-to-one video calls are unlimited
    • Customize your Personal Meeting ID
    • Can be expanded with add-ons licenses for an additional cost
    • Pro accounts are limited to faculty and staff.

Zoom is the recommended replacement for ReadyTalk

Zoom is now available to UC San Diego as part of a UC system-wide contract. We recommend Zoom as a replacement for ReadyTalk. The contract with ReadyTalk has expired and we are no longer operating under a pricing agreement with accepted terms and conditions. With Zoom, we have an opportunity to upgrade our campus to a better product for videoconferences, video calls, webconferences, webinars and meetings with telecommuters. Zoom has the best video and audio quality with screen-sharing, annotation, chat, local recording, and file sharing built-in. 

Existing UC San Diego ReadyTalk users are encouraged to claim a Zoom Basic account and to request an upgrade to a Zoom Pro account. Pro accounts allow for unlimited meeting length and can host up to 300 people per meeting.

Note: This page has a friendly link that's easy to remember: http://blink.ucsd.edu/go/zoom