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How to turn on Zoom audio and do a sound test

Knowing how to activate the audio in Zoom and do sound tests is ideal before starting any meeting, as it is somewhat frustrating to realize that they cannot hear you in the middle of the room. Therefore, in the following post each of the ways of doing this task is explained in detail, on the mobile or the computer, to guarantee good communication with the rest of the forum participants.

In this sense, the first step is to download and install the application on your mobile or on your computer, depending on the device you are going to use. Later, you will need to log into your account or register, if you wish, to start calibrating the sound and learn how to activate or deactivate the microphone in your meetings. If you want to know everything about this topic, continue reading this text until the end.

Aspects to consider

Before you know how to activate the microphone in Zoom or how to do the audio tests to verify that it works, you need to have a couple of essential requirements for the process. Among which are:

  • Existence of microphone, either built-in, via USB connection or using headphones.
  • A speaker or headphones connected to the PC to check Zoom audio.

Being sure that you have both requirements on your computer, you can continue with the process and learn everything you need about sound tests or microphone activation in Zoom.

Turn on the audio

You should know that the way to activate the sound of the microphone in Zoom is very similar, both for computers and for cell phones. See how to do it on each of these devices, below.

In the computer

Activating the sound or microphone in Zoom from the computer is as simple as pressing the specific button for it in the toolbar incorporated at the bottom of the conversation window. In the same way, by pressing the key combination Alt + A you can turn it on or off whenever you want while you are in the meeting.

On the other hand, in case you want to activate the microphone or audio temporarily, just to communicate, you can press the space bar for the necessary time and then release it. In this way, when you stop pressing the mentioned key, the sound of your device will be deactivated again.

On the cell phone

When you enter a meeting for the first time in Zoom, you will be prompted to grant the necessary permissions to the device. Later, you can activate the audio in the room by clicking on the microphone icon and selecting the option you prefer:

  • Calling through the Internet : It is the most common of all, it uses the Internet connection to connect the microphone of the device when entering the meeting.
  • Call my phone : Make a call to the device in question to join the meeting. Now, in this type of case, the host must have an audio plan.
  • Dialer : Access the audio of the Zoom meeting, from the phone dialer.

It should be mentioned that this may vary depending on the type of account, country or device. Once you set this option, you will see the microphone icon in the lower left corner of the screen. By pressing it you will have the facility to activate or deactivate the audio during your meetings, as many times as you want.

Do sound check

To make sure your audio devices are working properly and will be able to hear you smoothly, you can do a sound test in Zoom. Which can be carried out inside or outside the conversation, on the computer. See how to do it, below.

On the computer (Windows and Mac)

If you want to perform a sound check prior to your meetings in Zoom, from your computer, you will have to follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Open Zoom on your computer.
  2. Click on the ” Settings ” icon (the gear in the right corner of the window).
  3. Select the ” Audio ” tab .
  4. Now you can test the speaker or microphone by clicking the button indicated for each.

Note : In the speaker test you will hear the sound of a call. While, for the microphone, you will be asked to make a small recording and then play it back to verify that everything works normally. If for some reason one of the two fails, you will need to select another device.

This way you can check the audio quality before joining a meeting in Zoom. Now, to do it from the same chat room you have two alternatives. The first is the fastest and most direct, displaying the options menu located on the microphone icon and selecting ” Test speaker & microphone “, which will open a pop-up window to carry out a procedure similar to the one mentioned above.

The second, for its part, is to press ” Audio Settings “. This will bring up the general settings window where you can test or adjust the sound controls to remove background noise or increase the volume level. It is worth mentioning that, in the first case, you need to download the Zoom function that suppresses barking, key sounds, etc., this is something quick that is done from the application itself.

At this point, it is important to clarify that it is not possible to run the audio test on the cell phone. As you can see, it is a simple procedure that does not take more than a few minutes and will help you to be sure that everything works as it should.

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