Many people are relying on video chat and online meeting tools to stay in touch during the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve put together some step-by-step guides on how to get started with Skype and Zoom, for both desktop computer and smartphone. We’ve tried to make them as easy as possible to follow along, even for people who have never tried to video chat before or who may be a little uncertain when it comes to using new technology tools. Please feel free to use and share these widely.
Zoom is for scheduled meetings with several people. Many people use it to teach classes or host events online, so if you are interested in joining in those things, you will need to download Zoom and create an account. If you want to start your own meeting, you have to create the meeting and then share with the people you are planning on chatting with, either by email or by texting them the meeting name/password.
Skype is good for chatting, voice, or video calling. It doesn’t require you to setting up a meeting, although you may need to schedule time with your friends and family so that everyone is available on their computer or smart phone at the same time. It allows you to have a bank of contacts that you can attempt to message or video chat with at any time, as long as they are also on their device.
Make an appointment to practice using Zoom, Skype, or Google Hangouts. For those who want to learn these apps to connect with family and friends, take part in live online events, or teach a class…or for those who just want to have a chat with us! Make your appointment online and we’ll follow up via email with instructions on how to join the meeting.