Your  Account:

CSUSM Zoom Set Up

Watch this video on how to log in to the Zoom application with your CSUSM credentials or follow the step-by-step instructions below.

CSUSM Zoom Web Address:

CSUSM SSO login domain: csusm

Download and Setup the Zoom App

CSUSM Zoom login page

Computer or laptop

Open a web browser and go to, click “Login to Host a Meeting” in the upper right corner of the screen, and sign in with your campus credentials. If you are already logged in to Cougar Courses, Office 365, or other CSUSM program, the Single Sign On (SSO) feature may automatically sign you in. Once you are logged in, your account has been activated. Install the Zoom client from the Zoom Download Center (Zoom Client for Meetings). Click on Sign In and select "Sign In With SSO". On the next screen type in csusm for the company domain and click continue. Sign in and allow your web browser to open Zoom. You are now signed into the Zoom client.

From a Phone or Device

Go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and search for Zoom Cloud Meeting and install the app. You can also go to the Zoom Download Center and choose the option that fits your needs. Open the Zoom app and click the Sign In button. IMPORTANT! make sure you click the Sign in with SSO button. Do not put your email address or password on the fields on the left. On the next screen, type csusm for the server name/company domain and click continue. Enter your campus username and password. You have installed the app and activated your account.

setup screens for zoom on phone using sso

NOTE: You should log in to the Zoom app every time you use Zoom. Check your Zoom app settings to add your image and configure your video, audio, virtual backgrounds, and more.

Meeting Settings

The Zoom meeting default settings are good for most users. We recommend you review your meeting settings and adjust as needed to fit your meeting preferences. For example, choose waitlist or passcode (password) for security, allow or prevent participants from saving chat, review new and delete old recordings, enable or disable annotations, and other features.

Schedule A Meeting

Meetings can be scheduled from the Zoom web portal, Zoom Desktop App (MacOS Windows), Zoom Cloud Meeting App (iOS/Android), Zoom Chrome App for Chrome OS

Once you are logged in using one of the above methods, you can launch an instant meeting or schedule a meeting. You can schedule recurring meetings for live lectures or meetings that happen on a regular basis.

From the Zoom web portal, select Meetings from the side menu then click the “schedule a new meeting” button.

Start Your Meeting

Before you start your meeting:

1. Connect microphone & test – built-in, USB, phone/smartphone, integrated with webcam, Bluetooth
2. Connect webcam & test – built-in, USB, smartphone camera

Start a meeting:

1. From your calendar, click the meeting link which will look similar to it can be 9 or 10 digits
2. From the app, select Meetings and click the Start button for the meeting

Note: You can start the meeting from a browser. It is better to start the meeting from the app so you are authenticated with your CSUSM credentials and not displayed as a guest.

Basic In-Meeting Controls

The following are basic meeting controls in Zoom:
1. Audio
2. Video
3. Invite
4. Participants/Manage Participants
5. Share Screen
6. Chat
7. Security


There are two ways to join meeting audio, joining via computer or joining via telephone. Be sure to test your audio before or after joining a meeting. You can join a test meeting if you want to test your audio and familiarize yourself with meeting controls.

Prerequisites to listen to and participate in a meeting.

  • Microphone, such as the built-in microphone, a USB microphone or an inline microphone on headphones
  • Speaker or headphones

Improving your Audio

  • You can improve your audio by using an appropriate headset instead of relying on your webcam microphone. Please visit our equipment page to select a headset.  
  • You can also improve your audio levels by going to Settings, Audio, and then increasing/decreasing your Output Volume (so you can better hear others) and Input Volume (so your voice is louder).

zoom audio settings



You can test your video camera with Zoom before joining the meeting to ensure that the camera is working correctly. The steps below will walk you through testing your video manually. You can also start a test Zoom meeting.

  • Log in to the Zoom desktop or phone app.
  • Click your profile picture in the upper right corner then click Settings.
  • Click the Video tab.
  • You will see a preview of your camera and can choose a different camera if needed.

Testing video while in a meeting

  • Click the arrow next to Start Video / Stop Video.
  • Select Video Settings.
  • Zoom will display your camera's video and settings.
  • If you don't see your camera's video, click the drop-down menu and select another camera.

Zoom has a guide for "How do I test my video?" and "Testing computer or device audio."


  • With the Zoom mobile app, you can start an instant meeting to test your video.
    Log in to the Zoom app.
    Tap Start Meeting.
  • Toggle Video On.
  • Tap Start a Meeting.

NOTE: If this is your first time joining a Zoom meeting from this device, you will be asked to allow Zoom permission to access the camera and microphone.

Invite to meeting

There are several ways to invite participants to a scheduled or instant meeting.

  • Instant meeting invite
  • Invite by email
  • Invite by IM/contacts
  • Copy URL or copy invitation
  • Scheduled meeting invite
  • Invite from the Zoom desktop client
  • Invite from the Zoom web portal

Participants/Manage Participants

The Participants /Manage Participants control shows the participants of the meeting. As the host you can manage the participants audio, video, raise/lower hands, mute/unmute all, allow participants to unmute themselves, mute participants on entry, control chime.

Share Screen

Share screen allows you and participants to share desktop, individual applications, whiteboard, devices. Once you are sharing your screen you will have access to annotation tools to draw, point, highlight, and a few other options. If you are sharing a video (e.g. YouTube), check the “Optimize Screen Share for Video Clip”.

NOTE: Be sure to disable participants from being able to annotate.

disable annotation zoom meeting settings

NOTE: If you share your desktop, ANYTHING on the desktop will be seen by participants. This includes popup notifications, open email windows, etc. It is recommended that you share an application or close everything you don't want participants to view.


The in-meeting chat allows you to send chat messages to other users within a meeting. You can send a private message to an individual user or you can send a message to an entire group. As the host, you can choose who the participants can chat with or to disable chat entirely.

In-meeting chat can be saved manually or automatically. Auto-save chat will automatically save your in-meeting chat locally on your computer. You can also manually save your chat when you start local or cloud recording.

Keep Zoom Updated

It is vital to the security of your meetings to keep Zoom updated. You can learn more about their releases and what is included in the updates from their website.

Zoom Requirements

  • Internet Connection:
    • For 1:1 video calling: 600kbps (up/down) for high quality video and 1.2 Mbps (up/down) for HD video
    • For group video calling: 600kbps/1.2Mbps (up/down) for high quality video. For gallery view: 1.5Mbps/1.5Mbps (up/down). 
    • 2Mbps Up/Down, 3G/4G/LTE
  • Audio: Speakers, Headphones, Microphone, or Dial in by phone
  • Operating Systems: Windows 7 or later, MacOS 10.7 or later, full list for other devices
  • Device Operating Systems: iOS 7 or later, iPadOS 13 or Later , Android 4.0 or later, Kindle Fire HD