Zoom is different on your phone, so here’s when to use it

Mashable 06 Apr 2020 11:42
Zoom on your phone is a different experience.
Zoom on your phone is a different experience.
Image: Zoom 

With the novel coronavirus keeping most of us stuck inside, Zoom video calls have become the new way to conduct business and socialize with family and friends.

Last week, for example, I played a virtual game of trivia with over 130 participants from around the world; listened in on a work meeting with 12 others; had a family check-in with my cousins and sister; and enjoyed a DJ livestream — all through Zoom.

For different activities different devices work best. But not everything works on the Zoom mobile or iPad app as it does on your laptop. As Zoom explains on its website as well as on its Google Play and Apple App stores, different mobile devices have different capabilities. Though the company doesn't state it explicitly, the Zoom experience on your phone or tablet is not as robust as the desktop version for Windows or Mac. Just look at the chat or screensharing features on mobile – they aren't the same. 

But that doesn't mean the mobile app doesn't work for certain situations. Take Siri, the voice assistant on iPhones, for instance. You can program the digital assistant through the mobile app to open by voice. Even if your Mac has Siri, she can't help you as much as she can on mobile. There are other reasons you might want to open up your laptop for a trivia game too, even if it feels like work. 

Laptop for big groups, mobile for intimate chats

Zoom desktop for a smoother experience

Mobile app in a pinch, laptop for anything important

Mobile for on-the-go video 

Seamless on both iPhones and laptops

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