What are Zoom Apps and how can I access them?

Most of us have used Zoom during the pandemic in one way of another. Whether it’s to call a friend, schedule a work meeting or just to generally stay in touch, video calls have become a huge part of how we’ve stayed connected. 

Over the past few weeks, the site has introduced Zoom Apps. But what are they, and how do they work? 

What are Zoom Apps? 

Zoom Apps are a new addition to the Zoom App Marketplace and were launched last month. The new feature enables third-party integrations to show up on Zoom calls, meaning users can download apps to access or use in a video call. 

With the latest version of the software, more than 50 apps are available in Zoom Apps. This includes Asana, which allows you to create in-meeting action items and assign tasks during a call, alongside Dropbox Spaces and SurveyMonkey Enterprise. Apps like Heads Up! and Kahoot! are also available to make calls fun and interactive.  

Having first announced third-party integrations in October last yearthe new feature could mark a step towards Zoom becoming a platform rather than a single-use app. It could also help continue the site’s unprecedented growth enjoyed during the pandemic, whilst maintaining an edge over competitors like Google Meet and Microsoft Teams.  

How can I access them? 

  • Make sure you’ve installed the latest version of Zoom, which can be found here. 
  • Once downloaded, open Zoom and click the Apps tab in the desktop client or toolbar. If the Apps tab is not visible, you may need to ask an admin to enable the Zoom Apps icon in account settings. 
  • Click Discover to see the list of apps available to choose from 
  • To access your chosen apps in Zoom Meetings, click Apps in the meeting control panel. This can be expanded or collapsed, and the apps can be opened without leaving a call 
  • You can also browse the list of apps available on Zoom Marketplace by going to the Zoom Apps category. Once you’ve added the apps of your choice, you can find them under the Apps icon in the My Apps tab in the client and interface of Zoom Meetings. 

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