Best Ways To Test Zoom Audio And Video Settings Easily

As a Windows user who frequently uses Zoom for personal and professional meetings, I’ve discovered that optimizing your audio and video settings is crucial to ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience. In this article, I’ll share my top 12 tips for easily testing and fine-tuning your Zoom audio and video settings. I’ve tested these methods myself, so rest assured that they work like a charm! Let’s dive right in.

1. Access Zoom’s settings

  • Open the Zoom application on your Windows PC.
  • Locate and click on the gear icon in the top right corner of the application window.
  • This will open the settings menu.
Access Zoom's settings


2. Test your speaker and microphone

  • In the settings menu, click on the “Audio” tab.
  • Locate the “Test Speaker” button and click it to play a sound. Make sure you can hear the sound clearly.
  • Click on the “Test Mic” button to record a brief audio clip.
  • After recording, listen to the playback to ensure your microphone is functioning correctly.

3. Adjust the volume

  • While on the “Audio” tab, locate the speaker and microphone volume sliders.
  • Adjust the sliders to your preferred volume levels.
  • Re-test the speaker and microphone to ensure the new volume levels are satisfactory.
Adjust the volume

4. Enable noise suppression

  • On the “Audio” tab, locate the “Suppress background noise” option.
  • Check the box and choose between low, medium, and high suppression levels based on your needs.
  • I personally recommend using the high setting for the best results.

5. Configure video settings

  • In the settings menu, click on the “Video” tab.
  • Preview your camera feed in the video preview window.
  • Adjust the video quality, aspect ratio, or camera angle as needed to achieve the desired appearance.
Configure video settings

6. Enable HD video

  • While on the “Video” tab, locate the “Enable HD” option.
  • Check the box to enhance the video quality of your camera feed.
  • Note that enabling HD may require more bandwidth and processing power.

7. Optimize for low light

  • On the “Video” tab, find the “Adjust for low light” option.
  • Check the box to automatically enhance the brightness and contrast of your video feed in dimly lit environments.
  • Test your camera feed to see the improvements in low light conditions.
Optimize for low light

8. Test your virtual background

  • Navigate to the “Virtual Background” tab in the settings menu.
  • Choose one of the preloaded images or upload your own by clicking the “+” button.
  • Preview your selected virtual background in the video preview window.

9. Record a test meeting

  • Start a new Zoom meeting by clicking “New Meeting” on the home screen.
  • Once the meeting starts, click the “Record” button at the bottom of the window.
  • After recording a short test session, end the meeting and review the recording to evaluate your audio and video settings.
Record a test meeting

10. Join a test meeting

  • Visit the Zoom Test Meeting page:
  • Click on the “Join” button to enter a virtual test meeting room.
  • Use this test meeting to evaluate your audio and video settings in a live environment.

11. Get feedback from others

  • Invite friends or colleagues to join your test meeting.
  • Ask them for feedback on your audio and video settings.
  • Make any necessary adjustments based on their input and retest as needed.
  • By following these detailed step-by-step instructions, you’ll be able to fine-tune your Zoom audio and video settings for a seamless and enjoyable virtual meeting experience.

12. Keep Zoom up to date

Finally, make sure to keep your Zoom application updated, as new versions often include improvements to audio and video performance. To check for updates, click on your profile picture in the top right corner of the app and select “Check for Updates”

Keep Zoom up to date


Testing and optimizing your Zoom audio and video settings is essential for a seamless and enjoyable experience during your virtual meetings. By following these 12 tips, you’ll be well on your way to ensuring the best possible audio and video quality for yourself and your meeting attendees. Remember, it’s always a good idea to periodically review your settings and make adjustments as needed, especially when using new devices or attending meetings in different environments.

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Benjamin Johnson

Hey there, I'm Ben, the tech-savvy Founder and CEO of I've dedicated my life to helping fellow Windows users optimize their PCs for peak performance. Join me on this journey as we unlock the full potential of your Windows devices together!

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