What is Zoom and how to download it on your Mac

Web meeting software is a cornerstone of successful and productive communication. It connects people and teams, no matter where they’re located, making it easier to cooperate in times of remote work and online learning.

Zoom is one of the leading tools, with a cloud-based platform for video and audio conferences, meetings, and webinars. With its help, users can work on projects, record sessions, leave comments, and share screens across many devices. 

According to the 2019 State of Video Conferencing report by Owl Labs, Zoom users love it most often for its simplicity and ease of use. No wonder you want to download the Zoom app for Mac. In this article, we’ll dig into everything you need to know about the Zoom installation. Let’s get started! 

What you need to download Zoom for Mac

Zoom runs smoothly on macOS 10.7 or later. To install it on your Mac computer, you may need to modify Security and Privacy settings. All you have to do is to allow downloading apps not only from App Store but from identified developers as well. 

Note:

Zoom 3.6 is still compatible with Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6.8), but it comes with limited functionality.

Follow the steps below to give installation permission:

  1. Launch System Preferences from the Apple menu.
  2. Go to Security & Privacy > General.
  3. Tap the lock icon in the bottom-left corner. 
  4. Enter your password, then click Unlock.
  5. Check ‘App Store and identified developers’ under ‘Allow apps downloaded from’
  6. Tap the lock icon again to keep the changes.
Launch System Preferences from the Apple menu

How to optimize your Mac for Zoom

Online conferencing apps like Zoom are fairly memory-heavy. Video calls demand your Mac resources, so you need enough RAM and hard drive space to make them with no issues and glitches.

Your computer may be pretty full of junk that overload CPU, especially after a year or two of use. Getting rid of all temporary and surplus files can speed up your Mac a lot. Manual cleanup is too time-consuming. But getting a little help from a third-party app is the way to go.

My favorite junk-cleaner, and anti-malware tool as well, is CleanMyMac X by MacPaw. The app has proved to be a powerful performance booster. ProductHunt even called it ‘Marie Kondo for your Mac’ referring to the Japanese organizing guru.

Here’s how to make your computer run as good as a new one:

  1. Download CleanMyMac X — get it here for free.
  2. Head over to the Maintenance tab.
How to optimize Mac for Zoom

From there, you can pick the needed commands and hit the Run button to enhance memory and file processing on macOS. One of those is ‘Free Up RAM’ designed to check and speed up memory usage. Fire up this tool every time you feel that your computer or apps run more sluggish than usual.

Choose Run Maintenance Scripts to makes your Mac’s performance smoother. This feature deletes all temporary files, rearranges system databases, and copes with other technical tasks familiar only to developers.

Now that your computer is prepared for video conferencing, let’s see how to download Zoom for Mac.

How to download Zoom app on a Mac computer

Ready for your first Zoom call? Only a few steps left:

  1. Visit the Zoom Download Center.
  2. Click Download next to Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open the downloaded PKG file in the Downloads folder.
  4. Click Continue in a pop-up window to run the installer.

    How to download Zoom app on a Mac computer
  5. Once done, click Join a Meeting to get in a meeting-in-progress right away (if you got a Zoom invitation before).

    get Zoom invitation
  6. Choose Sign In to start or schedule your own meeting.
  7. Use your Zoom, Facebook, or Google account to sign in. You can also opt for Single Sign-On (SSO).

    Use your Zoom account
  8. Click Sign Up Free if you don't have your Zoom account yet. You’ll be redirected to zoom.us/signup. 

That’s it! Now that you know how to download Zoom on Mac, you can make the most of it. Happy conferencing!

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