How to use the web version of Zoom without the app

Zoom has special desktop apps (macOS and Windows) and mobile apps (iOS and Android). You can join an appointment from the comfort of your desk or away from your phone. Zoom also has a web app. It’s not as powerful as its desktop apps but you can use it to accompany a meeting with audio and video.

web version of Zoom

Use a web version of Zoom

When you click a link or invite a Zoom meeting, the link will open in your browser but your browser will prompt you to open the Zoom app. If your Zoom app is not installed, or you would prefer to attend a meeting with a different account in your browser, you can use the web version. Here’s how you can force Zoom to switch to the web version instead of pressing to use the desktop app.

Use a web version of Zoom without an app

This mode works, whether or not your Zoom app is installed on your desktop. If you have it installed, and you use it from time to time, you do not have to remove it.

  1. Click on the link or invite to a Zoom meeting or enter the link in your browser.
  2. When your browser prompts you to open Zoom, click Disable.

  1. Accept cookies on the Zoom website.
  2. Scroll down the page where you see the ‘Meet Launch’ button and click Join your browser.
  3. The meeting will open in your browser.
  4. Sign in if asked.
  5. Enter the meeting password if required.
  6. Allow your browser to access your son.
  7. Allow your browser to access your camera.
  8. You will be able to access the meeting from the browser.

Compatible browsers

All modern browsers are compatible with Zoom. You can use Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, or Opera to join a meeting. In some cases, you may need one or two more steps to allow the browser to access your son and your camera but other than that, the process is the same.


The Zoom web app is powerful but you will find that the desktop app lacks features. You can’t schedule appointments from the web app, you can’t share your screen, and you can’t switch between devices at a meeting that was started or connected from the web. These may seem like small special cases but they are commonly used and included in the free version of Zoom. If you use Zoom frequently, it’s better to install the desktop app for it rather than relying on the web version.

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