Account Set Up


Setting Up Your Zoom Account

All SJSU students and faculty members have Zoom Pro accounts. Your account offers you the ability to host – and record -meetings with no time limit. You have a personal meeting “room” with a link and meeting ID that you can customize for ad-hoc/instant meetings. Meetings are also fully accessible with the Live Transcript feature enabled during your session (see step 6).

How do you access all of this? Get started by setting up your profile and basic meeting preferences.

1. Login at and click “Sign in.” (Do not go directly to Always use the SJSU-branded portal page for Zoom.)

  • Username: SJSU 9 digit ID
  • Password: SJSUOne Password (the same one you use to access Canvas)


2. Select Profile from the left menu. Hover over the image box to add your profile picture. In Profile, you can also change the date and time zone, the language, and your personal meeting room ID.

Your Personal meeting room is a virtual meeting room permanently reserved for you to can access with your Personal Meeting ID (PMI) or personal link. It’s ideal for use with people you meet with regularly.


Note: Because the personal room is always accessible with the same meeting ID and personal link, it should not be used for back-to-back meetings or people you do not meet with regularly. Once a participant has the link to your PMI, they can join it any time the meeting is in use, unless you lock the meeting or use the Waiting Roomfeature to admit participants individually.


Meeting Settings

1. In the left menu, select Settings. The settings you select on this page will apply to all of the meetings you set up.
2. Under the Meetings tab, select Security settings

Recommended settings:

  • Require that all meetings are secured with one security option: enable
  • Waiting room: enable
    A waiting room puts each of your meeting attendees into an individual space where you can verify they are who they say they are. You then have the option to release all people from the waiting rooms, or individually allow them in.
  • Require a passcode when scheduling new meetings: enable
    Zoom automatically generates a 6 digit passcode for each new meeting created, and these passcodes are embedded in the invitation URLs.
  • Require a passcode for instant meetings: enable
  • Require a passcode for Personal Meeting ID (PMI): enable
  • Embed passcode in invite link for one-click join: enabled
  • Only authenticated users can join meetings: personal preference
    All SJSU Zoom meetings by default have passcodes, but anyone with the meeting link details can join your Zoom meeting.  With authentication, your attendees also need to sign in to Zoom and be verified as valid Zoom users. Every CSU student and employee is a valid Zoom user, so this is a great feature to enable when everyone in your meeting or class is a CSU person. Learn more at SJSU Authentication website

3. Scroll down the page and locate the Schedule Meeting settings.


Recommended settings:

  • Host Video: disable
    You can still turn on your video in the meeting but this setting ensures your camera doesn’t come on automatically when you enter your meeting.
  • Participants Video: disable
    Participants can still turn on their cameras in your meetings, but this setting ensures their cameras do not come on automatically when they enter your meeting.
  • Audio Type: Telephone and Computer Audio
    This gives participants the option to use a telephone for audio if their computer audio doesn’t work.
  • Allow participants to join before host: disable
    If you enable this, participants will be able to enter the meeting room before you (or another host) enter. If you do not enable this, participants who try to connect before the host will see a notification that they will be joined to the room when the host has entered.
  • Mute all participants when they join a meeting: enable
    Automatically mutes all participants when they join the meeting. The host controls whether participants can unmute themselves

4. Scroll down the page and locate the In Meeting (Basic) settings.

In Meeting Basic Settings

Recommended settings:

  • Meeting Chat: enable
  • New meeting chat experience: enable
    meeting chat features, including threaded replies, text formatting, quoting, and in-line image preview.
    • Allow participants to react to meeting chat messages using emojis: enable
  • Meeting Chat Direct Messages: personal preference 
  • Sound notification when someone joins or leaves: personal preference
    You can decide whether or not you want an audible alert each time someone joins or leaves the session. Regardless of your selection, you will always hear an alert when the first person joins the room.
  • Send files via meeting chat: enable
  • Co-Host: enable
    Co-hosts have the same in-meeting controls as the host. 
  • Meeting Polls/Quizzes: enable
    Allow host to use ‘Polls’ in meetings. Hosts can add polls before or during a meeting.
  • Show raised hand in toolbar: enable
  • Show Zoom windows during screen share: enable
  • Screen sharing: enable (Host only)
    • Who can start sharing when someone else is sharing? Host Only
  • Annotation: enable
  • Whiteboard (Classic): enable
  • Slide Control: enable
    During a presentation, the person who is sharing can allow others to control the PowerPoint or Keynote slide presentation
  • Non-verbal feedback: enable
  • Meeting reactions: enable

5. Continue down the page and locate the In Meeting (Advanced) settings.

Recommended settings:

  • Q&A in meetings: enable
  • Breakout room – Meetings​: enable
  • Automated captions​: enable
  • Full transcript: enable
  • Save Captions: enabled
  • Virtual Background: enable
  • Immersive View: enable

6. When you start your meeting, click on the Live Transcript button in the tool bar, then click the button to enable Auto-Transcription. Participants can then click on the CC button to hide or display captions, and a transcript of the meeting will be saved.


Recording Settings

Zoom Cloud Recording Tab

Recommended settings:

  • Local Recording: Only option for Students.  Personal preference for Faculty and Staff. 
  • Cloud Recoding: enable
    Note: The Cloud Recording feature is only available to Faculty and Staff.
  • Record active speaker with shared screen: enable
  • Record active speaker, gallery view and shared screen separately: personal preference
    Note: When you choose this file type for cloud recordings, the shared screen recording will appear alongside the active speaker/gallery view.
  • Record an audio only file: enable
    You’ll receive an M4A file with a recording of the audio.
  • Save chat messages from the meeting / webinar: enable
    Receive a TXT file with the transcript of in-meeting chat messages.

    Advanced cloud recording settings
  • Add a timestamp to the recording: disable
  • Record thumbnails when sharing: enable
  • Audio transcript: enable
    Automatically transcribe your cloud recordings
  • Save closed caption as a VTT file: enable
  • Allow cloud recording sharing: enable
  • Viewers can see the transcript: enable

This concludes the process of setting up your profile and preferences for the meetings you hold in Zoom.