Installing and Signing into the Zoom Application (Client)

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Last Updated: February 02, 2022
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The Zoom App is a desktop application that is installed on your computer.   

Be sure the Zoom App is installed, updated frequently,  signed in and minimized or running in the background to mitigate any security or user issues during meetings.

The Zoom App allows you to quickly initiate on-demand meetings without having to go to your calendar or Blackboard to schedule a meeting.  

The Zoom App generally keeps you signed in, however, when the application is updated you'll need to sign in again.

These instructions are for the desktop client but you can still visit the Zoom Download Center for the mobile apps and other plugins/extensions.

  1. Download the client from the Zoom Download Center: 
    if you have issues accessing the Zoom Download Center, open an incognito browser window (ctrl+shirt+n or cmd+shift+n) and in that window go to
    • Click Download under "Zoom Client for Meetings"
    • Click to install the .exe (Windows) or .pkg (Mac) and follow the installation prompts.
  2. If Zoom doesn't open automatically, find and launch the Zoom app from the start menu (Windows) or Finder (Mac)
    Zoom in Start menu   ZOom in Finder
  3. Click Sign in at when the prompt appears after installation.
  4. Click Sign in with SSO to ensure that you sign into your SBU Zoom account
  5. Enter the Stony Brook domain as stonybrook and click Continue
  6. You will be prompted to log in with your NetID and NetID password. 
    *If you are not prompted to log in with your NetID they system may have saved credentials if you have ever used Zoom's free trial or another Zoom account. To ensure that an SBU account is generated with your Stony Brook email address, follow the instructions for logging in to the online application in a private or incognito browser window:
  7. Lastly, make sure you have the latest version of the Zoom Client by following these instructions:


*Ensure that you are logged in correctly in the Web, App and Google Calendar*

This is the Zoom Client screen

  • New Meeting:  Initiates Zoom to start an on-demand meeting. You can invite guests within the meeting room
  • Join: Prompts you to enter a Meeting Room ID to join a meeting.
  • Schedule:  Prompts you to schedule a meeting at a future date.  You can set up scheduled meetings for yourself or others.  Once you click Schedule here, Google Calendar or Outlook will open for you to finish and send the meeting invitation to guests.
  • Share Screen:  Enter a Sharing Key or Meeting ID to share your screen.
  • Upcoming Meetings:  You will see any upcoming Zoom meetings on the right side of the screen.



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