University of Oregon

Required Equipment

The minimum requirement to participate in a Zoom session is a smartphone with the application installed. Using a desktop/laptop allows you more functionality. Using a headset with microphone or earbuds will prevent background noise from interfering with your class. In some cases, it will also prevent feedback. Have your charger readily available, and best have it plugged in during a meeting.

What Equipment Do I Need to Get Started?

We recommend that you use a laptop or desktop computer for the best Zoom experience. However, a tablet (iPad or Surface) or a smartphone (iPhone or Android) can also be used with the appropriate app. It’s probably best to only use one device during a Zoom session since two members of a household using separate devices could slow down your transmission speed thereby reducing overall quality.

Equipment to Enhance Your Zoom Experience

Web Camera β€” The camera on your laptop, desktop, iPad or other notebook, or smartphone will increase your connection with your instructor and your peers by allowing you to see each other face-to-face. However, if your equipment doesn't have a camera (highly unlikely), you will still be able to see the instructor.

Microphone β€” The microphone built into your laptop, desktop, iPad, notebook, smartphone is sufficient. However, if you have a headset with a microphone, this will let you hear and be heard more clearly. This does not need to be fancy equipment; it can be the same as the headphones you might use with your phone. The key is that the headset must have a microphone. If you don't have a headset, don't worry; the microphone built into your device will be sufficient.

Charger β€” Try and have your device fully charged before you begin your Zoom session. And by all means, have your charger close by in case your battery begins to run low. This will ensure that you do not have an unexpected power outage interrupting your learning.