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How to use Zoom on a Chromebook with our progressive web app (PWA)

Here are step-by-step instructions and tips for teachers and students to best download, join, and use Zoom on a Chromebook.
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Updated on March 07, 2023

Published on November 18, 2022

Zoom and Chrome OS

If you’re still using Zoom’s Chrome OS App, it’s time to upgrade your experience by switching to the Zoom progressive web application (PWA) for Chrome OS! 

As of August 2022, Zoom no longer supports the Chrome OS App, which will be entirely phased out by Feb. 1, 2023. As part of this process, here are a few key dates to keep in mind: 

  • August 2022 - Zoom ended support for the Chrome OS App. 
  • Nov. 5, 2022 - The Chrome OS App is no longer searchable in the Chrome Web Store. 
  • Jan. 15, 2023 - When Chrome OS users click Zoom links, the PWA will automatically launch. This change will be made by Zoom.
  • Feb. 1, 2023 - The Chrome OS App will be fully removed and no longer available.

To help with the transition, we’re asking customers to switch to the PWA as soon as possible. This will improve the Zoom experience for Chromebook users and give them access to even more Zoom features on Chrome OS devices.

What’s a Progressive Web App (PWA) & why do I need it?

At Zoom, we want to enable users to have a productive experience, regardless of which device they may be using. That’s why we built our Progressive Web App (PWA), which leverages web-based technology to deliver a native desktop experience.

We’ve partnered with Google to create the best possible application experience on Chrome OS, and are excited to offer a PWA client that gives you even more features and improved performance. 

PWAs are web apps that can be installed on your OS to provide an app-like experience while using the same technology as your web browser and Chrome OS. PWAs are usually faster and more functional than a regular app and take up less storage — which is great for cloud-based devices.

As Zoom centrally updates our web client, the PWA will also receive updates automatically to get the latest and greatest Zoom features. 

If you’re a systems administrator, you can still remotely install and manage the PWA, providing centralized configuration and security options. Visit our support site for more information on auto-launching the PWA for your users.

Downloading & installing the Zoom PWA

The PWA can be installed from the Google Play store (click the link or search for ‘Zoom PWA’ or ‘Zoom for Chrome PWA’ in the Play store) and will appear as an application on your Chrome OS device. 

Download the app, then either log in or join a meeting, and you’re up and running. You can also install the new app directly from your web browser navigation bar as well as via central admin management.

Chrome OS

Zoom functionality on a Chromebook

Our PWA offers much of the same great Zoom functionality as you would experience on a Windows or Mac desktop, and has even more features than the previous Zoom Chrome OS App:

  • Supports live interpreters for multiple language translation channels
  • Self-select & other advanced breakout room features
  • Advanced Polling
  • 25-person Gallery view (on supported machines)
  • Virtual background & blur (on supported machines)
  • Background masking feature to help preserve participant privacy
  • Zoom Whiteboard
  • And more!

Teachers hosting a Zoom class from a Chromebook can:

  • Access the Security icon in the meeting controls to lock the meeting, enable the Waiting Room, and remove participants
  • Share their entire screen or just a single application window
  • Record the session to the cloud (if using a paid Zoom account)
  • Create and assign Breakout Rooms
  • Share audio with your screen shares (expected this summer) 
  • Use a whiteboard when sharing your screen (expected this fall)

Students using Zoom on Chromebooks can:

  • View a teacher’s shared screen and share their own if enabled
  • Use nonverbal feedback like Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down
  • Raise their hand to ask a question
  • Chat with the teacher
  • Join Breakout Rooms created by the teacher

Students and other participants also still won’t have the Annotate option on shared screens.

Additional tips & resources

The Zoom PWA requires the most recent Chrome browser and OS update to offer the full range of performance and feature upgrades. We strongly encourage users to update their Chrome OS for the best possible experience. 

A few other tips for anyone using Zoom’s Chromebook app:

  • Always upgrade to the latest version of Chrome OS for the best performance.
  • Reduce the number of open tabs and apps to avoid spreading out your CPU usage.
  • Avoid connecting multiple monitors to minimize CPU load constraints.
  • For additional Chromebook support, access the Chromebook Help Center.

Check out the Zoom for Education page or our Education blog for more tips and resources on using Zoom for teaching, learning, and connecting your educational community.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 23, 2020, and has been updated with the latest information about using Zoom on Chrome devices.

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