Tips to Improve Audio Quality in Zoom and Other Online Meetings
Audio quality is the most important factor in the overall success of a Zoom meeting. Here’s how to get the best audio out of a meeting
While your laptop’s webcam and built-in mic/speakers can work, call quality can be improved by using a Bluetooth or wired (USB or headphone jack-style) headset for better results. Alternatively, consider pairing a Bluetooth speaker (an Amazon Echo or similar device can also serve as a Bluetooth speaker.)
Whichever method you choose, you may need to switch your microphone and speaker option when joining the Zoom call. Once you’ve joined, click the arrow next to the audio/mute icon to choose your audio source.
Mute yourself or others to avoid background noise.
If you’re in a noisy location like a coffee shop, mute when you’re not talking.
If you’re hosting a meeting and other participants’ backgrounds are noisy, politely inform them and ask them to mute or offer to mute them.
If your internet connection is not high quality, you may find the audio quality suffers.
Try disabling video to preserve your internet bandwidth for audio.
Also avoid downloading software or doing heavy web browsing if you notice your audio quality starting to suffer.
Prefer a wired ethernet connection to a wireless one. Wired connections are generally more reliable and stable.
Avoid using unencrypted wireless networks (like DavidsonGuest).
If all else fails, use a mobile phone or landline to dial in. You can stay connected to the internet conference for video and screen sharing.