Zoom: Login to Your UMN Zoom account

This article helps you log into the UMN Zoom platform. For security purposes, Zoom logs out after 120 minutes of inactivity. Many meetings now require authentication with your University account to prevent disruptions. For the most seamless meeting experience, always make sure you log into Zoom.

Note to Students: If you have questions about finding Zoom meeting IDs, please reach out to your teachers.

There are three main ways to log into your UMN Zoom account. Select the option you desire to use and learn more about:

UMN Zoom Website

This option will give you access to everything you can do in Zoom, including functions that are not available through the Zoom desktop or mobile app:

  • schedule a webinar
  • adjust your default meeting or webinar settings
  • access and manage your Zoom cloud recordings
  • adjust your profile settings such as your Personal Meeting ID, Personal Link, Photo, and Host Key
  1. Visit the website umn.zoom.us.
  2. Click the LOG IN button.
    The UMN Zoom website - showing the buttons to Download Desktop App, Log In, and Join or Host.  The Log In button is highlighted.
  3. This will take you to the University of Minnesota Single Sign On (SSO) page. Enter the Internet ID and password you use for other University of Minnesota logins such as MyU and your UMN email account. 
    The Zoom UMN Single Sign On page with fields to enter your Internet ID and Password
  4. Click Sign In.  Authenticate with Duo if prompted.
  5. You will be taken to your Meetings page where you can start an upcoming scheduled meeting or schedule a new meeting.
    The Meetings page on the Zoom website, showing an upcoming meeting.
  6. From here, you can also navigate elsewhere using the left-hand sidebar such as your Recordings page, your Webinars page, your Meeting Settings, or your Profile page. 
     The left-hand navigation sidebar on the Zoom website.  Meetings is highlighted 

Zoom Client for Meetings Desktop Application

This option allows you to adjust your application settings. For instance, you can adjust your camera settings, audio settings, or dual monitor settings; you can also add virtual backgrounds and test your audio and video before a meeting. 

Logging into the Zoom app on your computer also gives you more convenient access to the following Zoom functions:

  • start an instant meeting
  • start an upcoming scheduled meeting or webinar
  • play any local meeting or webinar recordings that are stored on your computer
    • Note: Only local recordings done using the account you are signed into and that are stored on the current computer will appear. If you have a local recording on a different computer (even if using the same Zoom account), it will not show up in the Zoom app on this computer. 
  1. Download and install the Zoom for Meetings Desktop Application. It may be referred to as Zoom Client for Meetings.
  2. Launch the Zoom.us application
  3. Click the Sign in button
    Zoom launch window with Sign In button highlighted.
  4. Click the Sign In with SSO button on the right-hand side
    Zoom desktop app. Sign in options to enter username and password on the left. On the right, "Sign in with SSO" highlighted
  5. Enter your UMN email address in the field:
    Zoom app. Search for company domain. Sample email at umn.edu entered in the "Your company email" section.
    1. Or, enter the umn domain in the text field if prompted.
      Zoom app. Sign in with SSO option. Your company domain field ending with .zoom.us. umn entered in the field.
  6. Click Continue. This will open the Zoom UMN Single Sign On page in your default web browser. If you are already signed in through your browser (if for example you are already signed to your UMN email), it will automatically log you in. 
    • If prompted, Enter the Internet ID and password you use for other University of Minnesota logins such as MyU and your UMN email account. Click Sign In Authenticate with Duo if prompted.
       The UMN Zoom Single Sign On screen with fields for your Internet ID and password along with a Sign In button
  7. If prompted, click Open Zoom.us in the pop-up box that appears. This will take you back to the Zoom for Meetings desktop application.
    Screenshot showing Open zoom.us browser pop up window - the Open zoom.us button is highlighted
  8. You will be taken to the Home tab within the Zoom for Meetings desktop application.  From here, you can start a new instant meeting, schedule a meeting, join a meeting, or screen share.  
    The 4 primary buttons on the Zoom for meetings desktop client home tab: New Meeting, Join, Schedule, and Share Screen
    • You can also click the gear icon to access the desktop client settings, such as video and audio settings.
    • View How to Use Zoom's Desktop App (Video) for an overview of the desktop application.
    • Note: at the UMN, the Zoom chat functionality is available only within meetings and webinars.  z

Zoom Mobile App

Sign into the Zoom mobile app if you need to host a meeting or webinar on the go.  You can also schedule a meeting directly in the app.  

  1. Download the Zoom Cloud Meetings Mobile App from either the Google Play Store on Android or the App Store on iOS.  
  2. Launch the app. On the Start screen, tap Sign In.
    The Start screen on the Zoom Mobile App with the buttons Join a Meeting, Sign Up and Sign In.  Sign In is highlighted
  3. On the Sign In window, tap SSO
    The Zoom mobile app Sign In window, SSO is highlighted
  4. Enter your domain in the text field when prompted.
    • If you are in the Health Care Component (HCC), enter umn-private.
    • If you are not in the Health Care Component, enter umn.
  5. This will open the UMN Single Sign On page in your default web browser.  If you already signed in to your UMN account through your browser on this device, you may not be prompted to sign in.  
    • If prompted to Sign In, enter the UMN Internet ID and password that you use to sign into other UMN technology such as MyU or your UMN email account.
    • Tap Sign In.  Authenticate with Duo if prompted.
      The UMN Single Sign On page in a mobile web browser showing the Internet ID and password fields along with the Sign In button
  6. Tap Open to be taken back to the Zoom app if prompted
    A prompt to Open this page in "Zoom" - open is highlighted
  7. You will then be taken back to the Zoom app where you will now be signed in.  From there, you can start a new instant meeting, join a meeting, schedule a meeting, or share your device screen.  You can also use the Gear Icon to access the Zoom mobile app settings.
    The Zoom mobile app Meet & Chat screen - showing the buttons New Meeting, Join, Schedule, and Share Screen 

Additional Resources

Zoom Technology Page Resources

Schedule a Meeting and Invite Others to Join