Zoom: Choose How to Connect to Audio

Zoom provides several ways for meeting hosts to set up audio and for participants to join audio.

As a host, use this article to inform your meeting setup.

As a meeting participant, use this article to decide which option works best for you. 

Joining Audio Options:

Preferred Options: Joining with Computer Audio or Phone Call

The best options when participating in a Zoom meeting:

Note: Certain countries may require toll or toll-free numbers

  • Dial-in numbers at zoom.us/zoomconference are based on the country the participant calls from.
  • All phone calls are subject to fees based on the participant's phone coverage or plan restrictions.

Note: Audio quality and connectivity requires a strong phone or internet connection.

Cost: Use computer audio at no cost to hosts or participants. Phone calls are subject to fees based on the participant's phone coverage or plan restrictions.

Joining a Meeting Using Computer Audio:

  1. Click the meeting or webinar link provided by the host. 
    • Or, join the meeting by entering the meeting or webinar ID.
  2. Select Join With Computer Audio.

Joining a Meeting Using a Telephone:

Phone dial-in is the second preferred option when joining a Zoom meeting. This option is available for domestic participants.

  1. Click the meeting or webinar link provided by the host.
    • Or, enter the meeting or webinar ID.
  2. Select the Phone Call tab.
    1. Dial the provided phone number.
    2. Enter the meeting ID followed by #.
      • Optional: Enter your Participant ID.
    3. Press #.

Alternative Option: Dialing Out from Meeting as a Host

If a participant is unable to join a meeting using computer audio or telephone, the host can use the call-out feature to reach the participant.

Cost: All calls are charged to the University per-minute, per participant based on Zoom Global Telephone Coverage and Rates.

Note: Telephone features are not available to students as meeting hosts. Students as meeting participants can access telephone features.

Inviting Participants to a Zoom meeting as a Host:

  1. From the Zoom meeting, click Invite.
  2. Select the Phone tab.
  3. Enter the participant's name.
  4. Enter the participant's telephone number.
  5. Click Call. A banner with the word Ringing appears as the call connects. 
    • The banner changes to Call Accepted if the call connects.

Alternative Options: Call Using Global Dial-in or Fee-based Toll Numbers

When using Global Dial-In or Fee-based Toll numbers, the participant calls in by dialing the appropriate Zoom Global Dial-In number.

  • Complete numbers listed on Zoom Global Dial-in Numbers page are available to all users. 
  • Fee-based Toll numbers are only available to users within the Health Care Component (HCC). 


  • Using a Global Dial-In or Fee-based Toll number may result in a fee to the participant and the host based on their telephone carrier. 
  • Fee-based Toll numbers are billed per minute to the University. This fee may be billed to your department.

Additional Resources

Zoom: International Dial-in Numbers