Howdy Spark-ers! Boy, do we have an exciting update for you today! You've asked for it, and we've built it -- you can now start Zoom meetings from your Spark TV Video Calling device, in addition to joining someone else's Zoom meetings.
While joining a Zoom meeting is something you've been able to do on your Spark for a while, you can now log in to your Zoom account and start a meeting to be able to host others... on your TV. How does it work? It's super simple.
1. From the Home screen, simply click "Use Zoom"
2. Then click "Start Zoom Meeting"
3. On this screen, enter your Zoom email address and password, to be able to access your account and start the meeting. Then click "Start Meeting"
Your meeting will now start!
4. Once started, click the "Invite" button to send the meeting information to whoever you would like to join you.
A few Pro Tips
Depending on how your Zoom account is set up, you may have a different Start Meeting experience. By default, your Zoom account will start a meeting on a random Meeting Code, which means you'll have to share your meeting info for every meeting you start.
However, you can change this setting in your Zoom account, to always use your Personal Meeting ID for your instant meetings. This makes it easier and more predictable to have others join you, if you're holding frequent meetings with the same group of people.
Your Scheduled Meetings
If you've scheduled a meeting and want to start it using the Meeting Code of that meeting, just make sure you're logged in to your Zoom account, and then use the "Join Meeting" button, with the correct Meeting Code and password. This will start your scheduled meeting, allowing everyone else to join, and you will join it as the host.
During Your Meeting
Once you've joined your meeting, you have several options available to you.
Invite - This will show you the meeting code and password for this meeting. You can also share it with others using your phone's standard sharing function.
Speaker View / Gallery View - This allows you to switch views between the current Active Talker taking up the entire screen, and the Gallery View layout with up to 9 videos on the screen.
Previous / Next Pages - In the Gallery View, when there are more than 9 videos shared, you can use these arrows to see different pages of video.
Mic Mute / Unmute - Quite self explanatory, allows you to mute or unmute your microphone.
Pause / Unpause Video - Allows you to pause or unpause your camera.
Leave - As a Host, this option allows you to End the Meeting, or just Leave. As an Attendee, this will allow you to leave the meeting.
Your Zoom Credentials
When you log in to your Zoom account via ONSCREEN, your credentials are encrypted and stored safely in our secure cloud. You can manually clear the credentials from the app, or they are cleared when you log out of the ONSCREEN App.
Send Us Your Thoughts
We are super excited to make this new "Start Zoom on your TV" feature available to you. If you have any questions or comments, or general feedback, please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.