Over the past thirty-six months, there have been drastic changes to how you work. No longer is it necessary to be at the office, and all communication occurs virtually. One medium that continues to rise is the use of video conferencing platforms. For example, Facebook messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram are popular amongst smartphone users. However, if you are in a more corporate setting, Zoom is the preference. Therefore, one question comes to mind, can I do Zoom on my TV?
The answer is yes. There are multiple ways to turn your TV into a zoom device. As you read along, you shall establish the hardware you need, its capability, and a guide on setting up in each scenario. Furthermore, we strive to give you information on using your LED TV to its full potential. Without further ado, here is how you can do Zoom on your TV.
What is Zoom?
Before exploring the different ways on how to use Zoom on your TV, it is essential you know what it is all about. Zoom is a video conferencing platform that allows you to communicate with others globally. You can run presentations and have live video sessions to simulate you being in the meeting room as you usually would.
Zoom is available on two subscription models. The free version allows you forty minutes of video conferencing with up to 100 participants, whereas the payable versions can accommodate up to 1000 meeting attendees. Regardless, it is an effective way to communicate with others both in casual and professional settings.
The app is available on the following platforms:
- Windows OS
- Mac OS
- Android and
Unfortunately, there is no standalone app for the proprietary Smart TV platforms such as LG’s WebOS or Samsung’s Tizen. Despite this drawback, it is still possible to have zoom on your Smart TV.
Requirements for a Successful Zoom Meeting?
Zoom is not available on proprietary smart TV platforms. Therefore, you need a device that can run the software and beam it to your TV. Keeping this in mind, here is what you need for a successful Zoom meeting setup.
A Zoom-compatible device
You can use your smartphone, laptop, or any of the media sticks available. For example, Chromecast, Roku, and Apple TV are all devices you can use with the Zoom app.
1. A smart TV that supports either cable or wireless connectivity with zoom-compatible devices
Most smart TVs after the year 2000 are capable of supporting connections with several devices. Among the connections you should be keen on are HDMI and Bluetooth.
2. A reliable internet connection
It should be evident by now that the internet is the backbone of virtual communication. Therefore, you need decent connection speeds, and your device should connect to the internet. For example, you will need speeds of about 1 Mbps to conduct a successful Zoom meeting. At these speeds, you are free of video freezes and distorting audio.
3. Audio equipment
You will require a microphone and speakers to communicate effectively with your peers. Some LED TVs come with a camera and microphone in their build, allowing you to transmit your voice and video to your attendees.
However, your smartphone or laptop can still function as well. Alternatively, you can also purchase audio equipment from your local retailer. These are available as plug-and-play devices and do not require any technical prowess to set them up.
Using Zoom on Your TV
Now that you are up to speed with what you require, here are the different ways to do Zoom on your TV.
1. Zoom via HDMI connections
Using an HDMI connection is the easiest method to get Zoom on your TV. Plug in the cable to the adjoining ports and start conferencing. Most smart TVs and laptops you can buy feature these ports. Therefore, it should not be much of a hassle. In other instances, you may need a type C to HDMI dongle to make the connection.
Once the connection is set, launch the zoom app and continue conferencing as usual. However, there are some limitations with this setup.
- The length of the cable will determine your laptop’s reach.
- Your laptop’s camera and microphone are the primary communication devices. Therefore, you need to be close to it whenever you are conducting a zoom meeting so that your attendees can see and hear you.
2. Zoom via Apple AirPlay
Apple Airplay allows you to mirror your macOS or iOS device directly to your TV screen. To do this, your devices all need to be on the same wireless network. Navigate to the Control Center on your iOS device and select Screen Mirroring. If your TV supports Airplay, you will see it in the list of compatible displays. Select it, and you are ready to conduct your video meetings.
The process differs slightly on macOS devices. At the top of your Mac’s menu bar is the AirPlay Icon. Click on it, and you will see a prompt asking you to select either Apple TV or other AirPlay-compatible devices. Choose your TV from the drop-down menu, and your zoom meeting should now display on your TV screen.
3. Zoom via Android OS
The popularity of Android as an operating system is undeniable. You will find it in use across smart TVs, smartphones, and other media streaming devices. Regardless, the process of doing zoom on your TV remains the same.
Here is how you get things working:
- Ensure that all your devices are on the same internet connection.
- Launch the zoom app on your desired device and verify that your video and audio are in working order.
- Open the chrome browser on your device and select the Cast option from the three dots on the top right corner of your browser.
- Select the device where you want to mirror your video meeting from the drop-down menu. Your TV should appear as one of the devices in the drop-down menu. Once here, select the Cast Desktop option from the Sources menu.
- Select the zoom meeting window from the pop-up window that appears and click the Share button. If you do all things right, you will now see your meeting on your TV screen.
4. Zoom via direct mirroring
Does your TV support a mirroring function? There many TV models that come with an in-built mirroring feature. Top on the list is the Samsung range of LED and QLED TVs compatible with all Samsung phones having Android OS version 7 and above.
If this is the case, launch the zoom app on your phone and select the mirroring option. Select your TV from the list of compatible devices and zoom away. All devices need to be on the same internet connection for this to work.
Looking at the information above, you can indeed do Zoom on your TV. Its functionality goes beyond online streaming and gaming. With the right gadgets, your TV can also function as a communication device. Make sure to check out the best LED TVs to consider as your computer monitor when using zoom.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Can you improve the sound quality of your Zoom meeting?
Definitely yes. When casting your zoom meeting to your TV, the sound may not be as clear as you would like. The best option is to include a Bluetooth speaker with an inbuilt microphone in the setup. It will allow freedom of movement and improve the sound quality tremendously.
Below are recommendations worth checking out:
- Anker PowerConf, Zoom-Certified Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone
- eMeet M2 Conference speaker
- Skywin Conference Speaker
Can you use Zoom on an Android OS smart TV?
The Zoom app is available on Android, Windows, and Apple operating systems. Therefore, you can download the app directly to your Android Smart TV from the Google PlayStore. However, your TV should have a built-in camera and microphone for the app to work.