Zoom: Schedule a Meeting and Invite Others to Join

Becoming comfortable with Zoom's scheduling and invitation features will help you host successful meetings. In this article:

To learn more about using the Zoom Canvas Integration, read Host A Zoom Meeting Within Canvas.

Scheduling Online Meetings 

Zoom offers many ways to schedule a meeting. 

A non-recurring meeting ID expires 30 days after the date the meeting is scheduled for (you can reset the 30-day timer by simply starting the meeting). Recurring meeting IDs expire 365 days after the meeting's last occurrence.

The links below will take you to the Zoom Help Center, where you can find specific directions for scheduling with whatever software and hardware you are using.

Inviting Others to Join Your Scheduled Meeting

Use these options to invite participants to a scheduled meeting: 

Responses to a meeting invitation appear in Google Calendar in the same way as responses to other Calendar events.

Meeting links sent in email, text, or other formats do not have an RSVP feature. If you as the host would like responses, you need to ask your attendees to let you know they will be attending the meeting.

Web Portal Invitation 

  1. Login to Zoom.
  2. Select the topic or title of your meeting.
    Zoom portal, meetings tab. Meeting titles highlighted.
  3. Choose one of the options below:
    • Using Google Calendar invite:
      1. To the right of Time, choose Google Calendar to automatically create a calendar event on your UMN calendar. You can then invite others to this calendar event.
        Screenshot of meeting details for an example meeting.  In the Time section, Add to Google Calendar is highlighted
        • Note: The first time you choose this option (and occasionally in the future when Zoom or Google updates), follow the prompt to Allow Zoom to access your Google Calendar. This gives Zoom permission to add your Zoom meeting or webinar to your calendar.
    • Copying the Invitation:
      1. To the right of Invite Link, select the link to Copy invitation. A popup appears with the full invitation details.
        Zoom profile meeting details. To the right of Invite Link, Copy Invitation highlighted.
      2. Select Copy Meeting Invitation to copy the full invitation text.
        screenshot of the Copy Meeting Invitation pop up window showing the invitation text - the Copy Meeting Invitation button is highlighted
      3. Paste this text into an email, a chat message, or calendar invite.

Application Invitation

To use this option, you must have the Zoom Desktop App/Client installed on your computer.

  1. Launch the Zoom.us application on your computer
  2. Sign in to the application if you are not already logged in.
  3. Choose Meetings in the top toolbar.
  4. Select the meeting to which you would like to invite others.
  5. Select Copy Invitation, then paste the full invitation to an email, chat, or another appropriate medium.

Inviting People to a Meeting in Progress

During a meeting, you may decide that you want to invite additional people. You may decide to start a spontaneous meeting that was not on your calendar. This is what instant, or unscheduled, meetings are for. 

  1. From your active meeting, on your host toolbar, choose Participants.
  2. Select Invite. A pop-up window appears with options to invite others to join your meeting.
    Zoom client, participants panel. Invite highlighted.
  3. A new window open with options for inviting others to join your meeting:

Inviting by Email

The Email tab within the Invite menu gives you the following options:

  • Default Email: choose this to draft an invitation in your computer's default email application, such as Outlook, Apple Mail, or Thunderbird.
  • Gmail: recommended for UMN users - choose this to draft an invitation in Gmail in your default web browser. This feature works best if you are already signed into your UMN email account. Otherwise, follow the prompts to sign into your UMN Gmail account, then the email draft will open.
  • Yahoo: we do not use Yahoo at UMN; ignore this option.
    Zoom in-meeting invite popup. In the Email tab, Default Email and Gmail highlighted.

Copying a URL or Invitation

Use these options if you wish to draft your own email manually or invite someone through a chat client, text message, etc. Copy Invite Link will copy the join link and Copy Invitation will copy the full invitation text.
Zoom in-meeting invite popup. In the lower left corner, Copy Invite Link and Copy Invitation are highlighted.

Inviting by Phone

This option is expensive for the University and poses a security risk in the event of a misdial or wrong number. We recommend this option only as a last resort. Refer to Using Telephone Call-Out for more information. 
Zoom Invite Via Phone window with the fields Invitee Name, Phone Number, and the Invite button

Inviting an in-room video conferencing system

If you wish to invite an in-room video conferencing system, see H.323/SIP Room Connector Call-Out in the Zoom Help Center.

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