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How to use Zoom on a Chromebook

How to use Zoom on a Chromebook


Zoom’s new Chromebook app is as Zoom-like as its apps on Mac or PC.

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Image: Samar Haddad / The Verge

Until last year, the way to use Zoom on a ChromeOS device was to download and use Zoom’s ChromeOS app. However, in August of 2022, that app was sunsetted and replaced by the Zoom PWA (progressive web app) for ChromeOS. According to the Zoom blog, the idea was to leverage “web-based technology to deliver a native desktop experience.”

Chromebook users were given until February 2023 to switch over to the new app. If you haven’t done that yet or if you’re a little unsure of how to use the new app, here are some quick directions:

  • First, of course, install the app from Google’s Play Store.
  • You’ll immediately have the option to either join an existing meeting or sign in. If you’re not in a hurry for a meeting, it’s a good idea to sign in and get it over with.
Page headed “Sign In’ with art on left showing two people assembling windows into a display, and sign-in spaces on the right.
The initial sign-in page for Zoom PWA for ChromeOS.
  • If you already have an account, you can simply use your email account and password; if this is your computer, it would probably be most convenient to click on the Stay signed in box. You can also sign in using a single sign-on (SSO) or your Apple, Google, or Facebook account.
  • If you’ve never used Zoom on your Chromebook before (or haven’t used it in a while), you’ll be asked to enter a six-digit code sent to your email account to verify your identity.

And that’s it! You’ll get a fairly simple Zoom page with the usual Start, Join, and Schedule icons. An Add a calendar link will let you connect to your work or personal calendar so that the page can show all upcoming meetings. Or you can use the menu on top of the window to take part in a team chat, see any upcoming meetings, get a list of your contacts, or create a whiteboard.

Zoom page for a Chromebook including icons for Start, Join, and Schedule on the left, and a picture showing the time, date, and a plant on the right.
The homepage for the Chromebook version of Zoom looks like any other Zoom homepage.

For example, if you click on Schedule, you’ll see the usual Schedule Meeting page.

Zoom page on Chromebook with personal menu on left with such choices as profile, meetings, and webinars, and a Schedule Meeting area on the right asking for a topic, date, and duration of the meeting.
Chromebook offers Zoom’s usual Schedule Meeting page.

And that’s it! Enjoy your Zoom meeting (assuming it’s a meeting that you actually want to attend, of course...).