Can’t you have a meeting without the latest version of Zoom? Explain how to update

Can't you have a meeting without the latest version of Zoom
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From July 15, 2022, Zoom will have a 40-minute limit even for meetings with two participants if you have a free subscription. (Previously, it was only for meetings with 3 or more people.)
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Zoom is known as a tool that allows you to easily hold web meetings and trainings on Windows, Mac computers (PCs), and smartphones such as Android.

It has a good reputation for being convenient because you can download and install Zoom on your device, but are you updating it regularly?

If you neglect to update because you can use it even if it is not the latest version, problems will occur, and in the worst case, you may not be able to participate in the web meeting.

Therefore, this time, we will introduce how to check if the Zoom you are using is the latest version and how to update it.

This article is for people who:

  • People who want to check if the Zoom they are using is the latest version
  • People who do not know when Zoom has not been updated
  • People who want to know how to download the latest Zoom app

If you do not update Zoom to the latest version, you may not be able to participate in the meeting

If you do not update Zoom to the latest version, you may not be able to participate in the meeting

If you continue to use an outdated version of Zoom, you may not only experience glitches during meetings, but you may also be unable to participate in meetings.

 Missing an important meeting because you haven’t updated your Zoom is a disaster.

First, make sure you have the latest version of Zoom downloaded to your device using the method below.

5.0.0 or higher update required

Zoom released version 5.0.0 with enhanced security on April 27, 2020.

After that, as of May 30, 2020, you will not be able to participate in web meetings if you are using versions older than 5.0.0.

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If you haven’t used the device for a while, and an application with a version less than 5.0.0 is installed, it will be automatically updated when you join the meeting, which will delay your participation in the meeting. It is recommended to update to the latest application in advance.

Check the table for changes and added functions for each version

While we understand that using an older version of Zoom may prevent you from attending meetings, some people may not feel the need to update to the latest version.

Also, some people may be wondering, “How many versions of Zoom are there?”

Therefore, this chapter introduces a table that briefly summarizes the changes for each version.

It goes without saying that newer versions of Zoom have improved security and ease of use, so we recommend that you update them regularly.

Zoom version Major changes
5.1.0 Hosts can now unmute all participants if the number of participants is 200 or less Hosts can now select and delete
questions
Phone number display names can now be changed as desired became
5.2.0 Added keyboard shortcuts for
background noise suppression.
5.3.0 Participants can now choose breakout rooms
Can now select color filters for appearance enhancement Can now
mark files and images as unread
5.4.0 End-to-end (E2E) encrypted communication option is now available (preview release)
Zoom meetings can now be streamed on YouTube from smartphones
Timing for participants to join in advance before the host joins became adjustable

How to check if the latest version is downloaded

The method to check whether the latest version of Zoom has been downloaded to a device such as a computer (PC) or smartphone depends on whether you have a Zoom account.

If you have a Zoom account, you can check it from the home screen after signing in.

If you do not have an account, check the version from the screen where you sign in to Zoom.

How to check the version ① [Account registered] Check the message on the home screen

If you have a Zoom account and haven’t updated to the latest version on your device, you’ll see a “New version available” message on your home screen.

If you want to know the version number, click the user icon in the upper right corner of the screen and select “Check for updates”.

How to check the version ② [Account not registered] Check from the sign-in screen

If you don’t have a Zoom account, make sure the version displayed at the bottom of the sign-in screen is the latest version.

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By the way, as of the end of March 2021, the latest version of Zoom’s Zoom client app for meetings is “5.6.0”.

If you haven’t updated yet, take this opportunity to update to the latest version of Zoom.

How to update to the latest Zoom app

How to update to the latest Zoom app

Now, I will explain what to do if the Zoom downloaded to your computer (PC) or smartphone is not the latest version.

You will be downloading the latest version of Zoom, but the update method depends on the device you are using.

So, this time, let’s take a look at how to update to the latest version by dividing it into two: personal computer (PC) and smartphone / tablet.

How to update to the latest version of the app on a computer (PC)

To update Zoom on your computer (PC) to the latest version, the following steps are required.

  1. Visit the official Zoom website
  2. Click “Download” at the bottom of the screen
  3. Click “Download” for “Zoom Client for Meetings”
  4. After downloading the installer, open the file
  5. Complete installation on device

If you have a Zoom account, you can update to the latest version without following the steps above.

As I mentioned earlier, if the latest version of Zoom isn’t downloaded to your device, you’ll see a “newer version available” message after signing in.

If you click this message and follow the instructions on the screen, you can easily download the latest version of Zoom, so let’s try it.

After downloading and installing the latest version of Zoom, we recommend checking the version according to the procedure introduced earlier.

How to update to the latest version of the app on your smartphone/tablet

If you are using Zoom on a smartphone or tablet such as Android, start the app download tool.

The download tool will differ depending on the device OS you are using, but enter “Zoom” in the search field after launching.

Then, an app named “ZOOM Cloud Meetings” will be displayed at the top, so download the latest version from there.

After downloading and installing the app, start Zoom and check the version displayed at the bottom of the sign-in screen.

  • before sign in
  • After signing in

If the update does not work, please contact the Help Center

If you are unable to download Zoom on your computer (PC), smartphone or tablet such as Android, even after following the steps introduced earlier, please consult the Help Center.

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If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our frequently asked FAQs, call technical support.

summary

This time, I introduced how to check if Zoom is the latest version and how to update it. Here is a summary of the important points:

  • If you do not update Zoom to the latest version, you may not be able to hold a meeting
  • Any version prior to 5.0 must be updated.
  • How to check if Zoom is the latest version depends on whether you have an account
  • How to download the latest Zoom app depends on the device you use

Let’s check if the Zoom you are using is the latest version by referring to the contents introduced this time. If it is not the latest version, we recommend updating as soon as possible.

Let’s download and install the latest version of Zoom on your device and conduct meetings and trainings that make the most of Zoom’s functions.