Zoom is one of the most popular video conferencing services on the internet. It’s possible you are wondering how to use Zoom on a Chromebook, since it doesn’t allow for the installation of desktop applications. Don’t worry. It’s simple.
Starting in June of 2021, Zoom transitioned its Chrome OS experience to a Progressive Web Application (PWA). PWAs are websites that you can install like traditional apps, but they only run through your browser. This is ideal for Chromebooks and other lower-powered devices.
Note: You can also use Zoom on the Zoom website without any installation, but the PWA will be more integrated with Chrome OS and offer an all-around nicer experience.
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We’ll need to install the Zoom PWA through the Google Play Store on your Chromebook. Open it and search for “Zoom PWA.” Install the one titled “Zoom for Chrome – PWA.”
After it installs, click “Open” from the Play Store. You can also launch the app from the Chrome OS app drawer.
Now, you’re looking at a typical Zoom starting page. You can now “Join Meeting” and “Sign in” to your Zoom account.
The Zoom PWA has many of the same features as the full desktop versions (via Zoom):
- Customizable Gallery View (on supported machines)
- Self-select Breakout Rooms
- Live transcription
- Live translation (with assigned interpreters)
- A new background masking feature for privacy
- Raised hand and meeting reactions
That’s all there is to it. The browser version of Zoom offers a slightly different experience. However, the PWA feels more like an application than a website.
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