This guide is designed to help new users get to know appear.in, and get their system ready for a video meeting! It's broken up into sections that increase in complexity, so if you are only going to join someone else's room and aren't interested in registering, all of the important information is right at the top!
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How appear.in works
appear.in is different from other video conferencing applications because it doesn't require any downloads or logins. Another way that we're different from most is that appear.in meeting rooms are permanent links that you can go to at any time. Instead of creating a one time link for each meeting, you can schedule a video meeting like you would schedule a normal in-person meeting. You can invite people into your room by sharing your room URL, and they can join your room by pasting the link into any supported browser!
Create an appear.in account
While you don't need an appear.in account to join other user's meetings or user features in other user's rooms, we do require an account if you want to host your own meetings. To sign up for an account, simply go to our Sign up page and enter your email address! We'll ask you a few questions about how you're using appear.in, and also to confirm your email address.
After you have your own account, you can Create your own room. This will give you a permanent URL, where you can host your own appear.in meetings.
Create a room
After you register for an account and sign in, you can Create a room from your Dashboard.
If you haven't already created a room, you can click the Create a room button to get started. This will bring up a small window where you can type your desired room name in and check if it's available.
Once you've got your room name set, click the Create new room button. This will take you into the room straight away, and will also add the room to your account. Now you can use that URL whenever you want for meetings and chats. This will also give you ownership of the room, giving you access to extra features like the Lock feature!
Join an appear.in room
If a colleague or client sends you an appear.in link over chat or email, you can either click on it to open a new tab, or copy and paste the link into your browser.
If your default browser isn't a supported browser, you'll need use the copy paste method into a supported browser.
If it's your first time joining an appear.in session, you'll be prompted to give microphone and camera permissions through your browser before you enter the room. After you confirm permissions, you'll see a preview of your video feed and you can enter the room!
If you aren't logged in under a registered user account, you'll join as a Guest by default. If you want to add your name so other participants know who you are, you can edit this by clicking on the Guest text!
Enjoy being in the appear.in room for as long as you like! There is no time limit for conversations in rooms. If you have any problems getting your mic and camera to work, check out our Troubleshooting Section or write in to firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you're in the room, there are a number of features that are available to you. Below are the most commonly used features, but you can view details on all of the features available in the Using appear.in section of the Knowledge Base.
Invite Other Users
Since your room name is a website URL, to invite others you can simply copy and paste the web address into an e-mail or message or you can use the copy link button inside the room to copy it. Participants can then click on the link from the e-mail or message to go straight to the room!
Manage your Cam & Mic
While you're in the room, you can select a different options for your Camera, Microphone, or Sound Output by clicking on the Cam/Mic button at the top of the screen.
This will open up the Cam/Mic setting page, and you can use the dropdowns to select new defaults, and confirm your selection using the Save button.
In addition to this, you can change your Video Quality which may improve stability if you're experiencing slow or unstable network speeds!
If you don't see the device you'd like to use, it likely needs to be selected on the browser or operating system level. See our Cam/Mic Controls article for more information on doing this!
Share your Screen
Sharing your screen in a room is a key feature for many appear.in users, so we made it as simple as possible. The specific options will vary from browser to browser, so see below for examples of this (Microsoft Edge and Safari do not currently support the feature).
Firefox supports screen sharing without any downloads necessary, but Chrome and Vivaldi require an extension to be downloaded to enable screen sharing. This is a requirement on the browser level for privacy reasons, but once the extension is installed you don't need to worry about it anymore! You can download the extension in the Chrome Webstore for free!