How to Install ZOOM on Ubuntu 20.04

ZOOM has become essential for many businesses due to great cross-platform support such as Android, Mac OS, Windows, IOS, and Linux which enable you to attend meetings, digital content sharing, and real-time messaging.

In this article, we will show you how you can install ZOOM with multiple methods, its features, and with an Uninstallation guide too.

Key Features of ZOOM 

  • Virtual Background: You can easily change your background according to your taste.
  • Free HD meetings for 40 minutes with Encryption: You can have security without any charges for small meetings under 40 minutes
  • Keyboard shortcuts to increase productivity: If you are someone like me who loves keyboard to navigate, these shortcuts will be really helpful
  • Touch up your look: If you are not satisfied with the camera quality of your device, you can touch up your skin tone using this feature.

Installing ZOOM on Ubuntu 20.04

There are various methods by which you can install zoom on your Ubuntu system but for your ease,  we came up with the easiest of three methods that include installing ZOOM from the Ubuntu software store and Installing ZOOM from the terminal.

Method 1: Installing ZOOM Using Snap Packages

This is the easiest method to install ZOOM in your Ubuntu system. Snaps are already installed on the Ubuntu system which reduces the work to configure snap packages. Follow these given commands to install ZOOM using Snap:

 sudo apt update 

This command will update indexes of all the repositories that we currently have installed on our system.

Sudo apt upadte for snap packs

 sudo snap install zoom-client 

This command will ask for your password. Enter your password and ZOOM will be installed on your Ubuntu system.

sudo snap install zoom-client

Method 2: Installing Zoom Using Flatpacks

Flatpacks are regarded as the future of package distribution in the Linux community. Sadly Ubuntu does not have the support for Flatpacks out of the box so we are required to set up Flatpack support in our Ubuntu system.

 sudo apt update 

To update our repositories

Sudo apt upadte for snap packs

 sudo apt install flatpak 

You will be required to enter your password and then it will start installing Flatpack to your system.

sudo apt install flatpak

 sudo apt install gnome-software-plugin-flatpak 

This command will install the Flatpack plugin to your system

sudo apt install gnome-software-plugin-flatpak

 flatpak remote-add –if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo 

This command will add a Flatpack repository to your Ubuntu system by which we would have access to many applications.

flatpak repository

Reboot your system.

Rebooting is required to work Flatpack properly.

Now, we can start our process to install ZOOM on our Ubuntu system using Flatpack. Use the following commands:

 flatpak install flathub us.zoom.Zoom 

flatpak install flathub us.zoom.Zoom

That’s it. Zoom has been installed on your system.

Method 3: Installing ZOOM using GUI 

If you are a beginner to the Linux world and Terminal doesn’t suit you well, you can use the Ubuntu software store to install your favorite apps.

Search Ubuntu software in your menu and hit Enter to open it.

Search Ubuntu software

Search for ZOOM by clicking on the little search icon on the top left corner. You will be given a list of software. Scroll down a bit and you will find a ZOOM. Click on ZOOM 

Searching zoom and clickking o it

Click on the install button. It will ask for your password, enter your password and that’s it. You have installed ZOOM to your Ubuntu system without using any complex procedure.

Click on install

Uninstalling ZOOM from Ubuntu 20.04

If you no longer require to have ZOOM in your Ubuntu system, you can easily uninstall ZOOM from your system.

Method 1- Uninstallation process for Snap pack version of ZOOM

If you have followed the first method in which we have shown you the process to install ZOOM by Snap packs, follow the given commands to uninstall ZOOM (Snap version)

 sudo snap remove zoom-client 

sudo snap remove zoom-client

Method 2 – Uninstallation process for Flatpack version of ZOOM

If you have followed the second method to install ZOOM using Flatpack, you can easily uninstall ZOOM using the following command:

 flatpak uninstall us.zoom.Zoom 

You will have to press Enter when asked for your permission to remove ZOOM.

faltpack uninstall

Method 3 – Uninstallation process if you went with GUI method

If you have used the Ubuntu software center to install ZOOM in your system, to uninstall it from your system follow the given steps:

Open Ubuntu Software and search for ZOOM. You will notice the installed mark at the ZOOM option. Click on it.

Searching zoom in ubuntu software

Click on remove 

Click on remove

It will ask for your permission to remove ZOOM from your system, click on remove again. Enter your password and that’s it.

The last click on remove

You have successfully removed ZOOM from your Ubuntu system.

Frequently asked questions related to ZOOM

Is ZOOM supported on Linux?

ZOOM is a cross-platform software that works on almost every platform you can think of such as Android, Windows, Mac OS, IOS, and Linux. You can create and schedule meetings, virtual Document sharing, and other features. It is one of those companies which provides great support for Linux.

What happens if you go over 40 minutes on ZOOM?

The free tier of ZOOM allows two people to be there at the meeting but if you are between 3 to 100, you will be given 40 minutes. Once you reach that threshold, all the members will be kicked out of the ZOOM meeting.

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Conclusion

ZOOM has become essential for everyone whether you are an employee or a student. In past years, the popularity of Linux has increased and ZOOM provides full support for Linux users also so that you can have a great experience without compromising with any utility tool.

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Sagar Sharma

Sagar always uses Linux to its core and loves to write the technical side of system administration! While he's not writing, you can always find him exploring new Linux distros!

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