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Zoom Chromebook Functionality

Zoom functionality on a Chromebook

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Zoom for Chromebook offers much of the same great Zoom functionality as Windows or Mac desktop. You can:

  • Join audio/video
  • Manage participants
  • Invite others to join
  • Use Breakout Rooms
  • Control screen share
  • Use the in-meeting chat 
  • Pin a participant’s video
  • Start or stop your video
  • Switch to Gallery View

There are also some settings in place to ensure the best experience for using Chromebooks in a classroom setting.

Teachers hosting a Zoom class from a Chromebook can:

  • Access the Security icon in the meeting controls to lock the meeting, enable the Waiting Room, and remove participants
  • Share their entire screen or just a single application window
  • Record the session to the cloud (if using a paid Zoom account)
  • Create and assign students to Breakout Rooms

Teachers hosting a Zoom class on the Chromebook app won’t see the Whiteboard option when sharing their screen, nor will they have the Annotate option. Additionally, when sharing the entire screen, your camera is turned off by default, but you can toggle this setting in the meeting controls.

Chromebook classroom participants can:

  • View a teacher’s shared screen and share their own if enabled
  • Use nonverbal feedback like Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down
  • Raise their hand to ask a question
  • Chat with the teacher
  • Join Breakout Rooms created by the teacher

Students and other participants also don’t have the Annotate option on shared screens.

Additional tips & resources

A few other tips for anyone using Zoom’s Chromebook app:

  • Always upgrade to the latest version of Chrome OS for the best performance.
  • Reduce the number of open tabs and apps to avoid spreading out your CPU usage.
  • Avoid connecting multiple monitors to minimize CPU load constraints.

For additional Chromebook support, access the Chromebook Help Center.

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