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Zoom is one of, if not the most, popular video calling/chatting/conferencing app around right now as more people adjust to working from home and it is available across just about every platform you can imagine. That's right, you can even participate in Zoom calls on your Chromebook! I'll show you two quick and easy ways to get set up for your next work team conference call or BFF virtual happy hour.

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How to use Zoom with a Chromebook Chrome app

Thanks to Chromebooks' ability to run Android apps, you can choose to either use the Android app or the Chrome OS app. My advice — go with the Chrome OS app. It fills up the entire screen, feels more native to the device, and is just more pleasant to use.

  1. From Chrome, type Chrome Web Store or https://chrome.google.com/webstore. Here you will be able to search for all kinds of Chrome OS apps and extensions, including Zoom.
  2. In the search tab on the top left of the screen, search for Zoom.

    Zoom Chromebook Web App 1Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

  3. Be sure to look for the Zoom app from Zoom.us (in a blue box), and click Add to Chrome.
  4. Read through the permission request dialogue box, and click Add app.

    Zoom Chromebook Web App 2Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

  5. You should get a notification that Zoom was successfully added to your Chromebook.

    Zoom Chromebook Web App 3Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

  6. Go to the app launcher and click on the Zoom app.

    Zoom Chromebook Web App 4Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

  7. A dialogue box will pop up inviting you to Join a meeting or Sign In.

    Zoom Chromebook Web App 5Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

Now you're ready to connect via a real Zoom video call from your Chromebook. Magical!

How to use Zoom with a Chromebook Android app

If you already have the Zoom app on your Android phone and just want the same experience, you can install the same app on your Chromebook.

  1. Click on the Google Play Store app from your app launcher.

    Zoom Chromebook Android App 1Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

  2. Type Zoom into the search bar.
  3. Click Install on the app from Zoom.us called ZOOM Cloud Meetings.

    Zoom Chromebook Android App 2Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

  4. Once the app is installed, click Open or go back and open the app from the app launcher.
  5. This will open up the regular Android Zoom app. Click to Join a Meeting, Sign Up, or Sign In.

    Zoom Chromebook Android App 3Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

While this method does work on a Chromebook, I have a suspicion that you'll prefer the experience of using the Chrome OS app to the Android app, at least in this case.

If you want to rid of Zoom after a while, you can easily delete your account, and then delete the apps from your devices.

Our top equipment picks

If you are looking to pick up a good Chromebook at a fair price, we recommend last year's Lenovo standout, the C330. It has excellent battery life, can flip over to tablet or tent mode, and is perfect for video conferencing in the home office, or from the couch!

Our favorite Chromebook

Lenovo Chromebook C330

Last year's Lenovo is still the best Chromebook to buy.

This zippy little Chromebook can last 10 hours and won't weigh down your backpack during an all-day excursion.

Laptop video chatting

Zoom for Chrome OS

Full screen calling

Zoom has quickly become the default video chatting service during this period of self-quarantine. Now you can easily connect to others through the app via your Chromebook.

Mobile video chatting

Zoom for Android

Join large meetings of 500 people

Zoom connects to telecoms and other conferencing equipment. It also has packages that allow meetings of up to 500 people.

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