tips & tricks on Conference Calling

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Many of us may want to call in a conference line, or do a video conference call. But for some, it can be a tedious method in dialing in the phone number and then you have to dial in the code. Here in this tutorial, we will show you an easier way to do that. If you have a Smartphone like an Apple iPhone, or an Android phone, you will be able to save your contacts with the code to call in a conference line. This makes dialing much easier. Read on to learn how.

Saving a Contact

Not a lot of people know this nifty trick, but this is the same for both iPhones and Android. If you add a comma after a phone number, there is a two second delay before the next number is dialed automatically. So, you can use your imagination in setting up your contact. You can have this setup to call in your work’s conference line for a staff meeting, or you can navigate your financial institution to check your bank balance. We are going to show you the steps to make a fictional conference number for you to save.

 

Step 1

Go to your phone’s contacts and tap on create New Contact.

 

Step 2

Go ahead and type in the Contact’s Name you want. For example, “Staff meeting Conference Line”

 

Step 3

Next let’s add a phone number. Below is what a fictional number will look like,

 

(555) 555-1234

 

 

Step 4

Now, here is the really cool part, once you type the full phone number for the conference line, you now can add the extra part where you will add the code for said line. You will first need to add a comma for that two second delay. So, below is the full number you will need to enter in which will look like this,

 

(555) 555-1234,123456#

 

Step 5

Notice I added the pound sign after that string of numbers. Most conference lines will need you to press the pound key to complete the code. Go ahead and save the contact.

 

Step 6

Test call. Now go ahead and see if you can do a test call. If it works, Woohoo!

 

Step 7

With some conference lines, you will need to press the pound key again once you say your name. So, for the above number, I will add about 4 to 5 extra commas and then add another pound key. This is how it will look:

 

(555) 555-1234,123456#,,,,,#

 

Step 8

You will may have to do a few test calls to see how many commas you will need. Sometimes it can be too long of a wait, or too short. Once you are satisfied with it, remember to save it and use it from now on. You also can share your contacts with others as a Contact Card so they can benefit from this great trick!

Conference Calling for Zoom Cloud Meetings

If you are going to call in for a Zoom Meeting, but do not want to use the Zoom application, you have the option to call in using your phone. When you get a Zoom meeting Invitation, you will received a Join website link, then below you will get a list of phone numbers you can choose from. Below that is the Zoom meeting ID, which is the code you use when you call in.

So, if you follow the above steps on how to add a conference line to your contacts, you can do the same with Zoom!  Here is an example number. If my Zoom ID is the code: 973-555-126, then  you can add in your contacts like this:

(312) 626-6799,973-555-126#,#

If you notice, the extra comma and pound sign is to start the call. At the end of putting in your code, Zoom will ask for your Participation ID. You don’t need to worry about it. Just press the pound key again. Once completed, save contact.

Saving Zoom Meeting Invite to your Home Screen on I-Phone & I-Pad

There is one more trick I just learned about. There are some who may find that opening an email or text message and tapping on a Zoom Invitation link may be too much for them. Even opening Zoom and typing in the Zoom meeting ID and password may be too much. It can be due to limited technology knowledge, or a limitation to accessibility. So, to make things easier for your friend, consumer, or family member, here is an easier method for them. The goal is to add an icon to the Home screen that they can just tap on and then tap on the Join button. That will take them directly to Zoom meeting without doing anything else. To do this, follow these steps.

 

Step 1

First, if you have Zoom on the iPhone or iPad, uninstall it. This way, we can save a website link to the Homepage. If the Zoom app is not uninstalled, when we try to tap on the link to save it, it will just take you directly to Zoom itself.

 

Step 2

Send to that device a Zoom Invitation either by text message or E-mail.

 

Step 3

Open the message that has the Zoom Invitation. Tap on the hyperlink.

 

Step 4

Safari will open and you will get an error that you cannot open Zoom due to Zoom is not on the device. This is ok, we are doing well. You will need to tap on the Share Icon to save this link.

 

Step 5

Once you tap on the Share Icon link, scroll to the bottom until you see Save to Home screen. Tap on that.

 

Step 6

A box will pop up. If needed, rename it to what you want it named. You want it to show up on your Home screen. Once completed, tap on save button.

 

Step 7

Repeat the above steps to add any other Zoom meetings you want saved.

 

Step 8

Go back to the App Store and redownload Zoom Cloud Meetings. Open Zoom and get it setup and approve anything that needs approving like camera, microphone etc. Make sure you tap on computer audio at the first-time you open it.

 

Step 9

Go to your Home screen and find the new Icon of the Zoom meeting Invite. Tap on that. You will be redirected to Safari, tap on the Open Zoom button. Congrats you made it!

 

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