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How to activate the microphone in Zoom for Android

Hello friends! Since last year Zoom has become one of the most used applications, due to the pandemic, many people were forced to work or study from home. Zoom has been one of the most popular alternatives to make video calls with colleagues, friends, and family. Many users who use Android devices have a recurring question about how to activate the microphone in Zoom. Something common is that users have problems with audio in Zoom when making Zoom calls. There are also some aspects that you should take into account regarding the microphone and audio when using the app. In this post, we will show you how to activate the microphone in Zoom for Android.

Installing Zoom for Android

If you need the Zoom app you can download it easily by following the link below:

Google Play | Zoom Cloud Meetings

Audio Requirements

To use the Zoom app on your device you must meet two audio requirements. In a nutshell, you have to check that your device will be compatible with the app. These requirements are also requested in the desktop version of the app.

  • Have a microphone, either built into the device itself or through a USB connection or using headphones.
  • Speaker or headphones connected, to check the audio of the application.
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So if you meet these requirements you should be able to run the Zoom app on your device without any problems. This is a prerequisite for microphone activation. Because if you do not meet any of the requirements the app could not work properly and this would affect the video calls in which you participate.

Activating the Zoom Microphone

After you have downloaded and installed the Zoom app on your phone, you must perform the initial configuration where you will be asked to grant some permissions for its correct operation. You will notice that one of those permissions is to grant access to the microphone. You may find that even if you grant this permission, the microphone is still active when you enter a meeting or video call.

First step

Open the Zoom app on your phone and log into your account, if you don’t have one you can create one using the “Sign up” button.

Open the Zoom app activate the microphone
Open the Zoom app

Second step

Then join the meeting. This will be necessary to activate the microphone.

Then join the meeting activate the microphone
Then join the meeting

Third step

After that, once you are inside the meeting, in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen tap the “Join audio” button. Next, grant Zoom permissions to record audio. Finally, tap the “Unmute” button. And that’s it!

tap the "Join audio" button activate the microphone
Tap the “Join audio” button.
grant Zoom permissions to record audio
Grant Zoom permissions to record audio
tap the "Unmute" button
Tap the “Unmute” button

This is the option that you have to enable to activate your microphone in Zoom and you will be able to speak normally in this meeting. When you make use of this option you will see that the red microphone icon with a stripe next to your name in that meeting disappears. The microphone has now been activated, so you will be able to speak in that meeting normally and others will be able to hear you.

And that's it!
And that’s it!

Mute your audio in meetings

There are also meetings in which only one person has to speak, for example, an online presence. The other participants just have to listen. In this case, the process is identical, you just have to mute your audio following the same steps. This is an option that has a microphone icon with a line through it. You just have to click on that icon to mute your microphone in the app on Android.


Knowing how Zoom works properly can save you time, plus you’ll be able to take advantage of each of its features during meetings. Some users have no problems with the app. But others are not so lucky and need a little help. Knowing how to turn your Zoom microphone on and off is vitally important. Thanks for reading us. Bye!

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