Getting started with Zoom Phone (admin)

The Zoom Phone quick start guide assists account owners and admins with the initial setup and introduces Zoom Phone features including multiple sites, phone users, direct phone numbers, and auto receptionists.

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Prerequisites for getting started with Zoom Phone as an administrator

Initial setup

Follow these steps after you've activated your Zoom Phone license. Everything configured during the initial setup can be changed later on. You must be the account owner to complete the following steps.


  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal.
  2. Click Phone System Management, then Begin Setup.
  3. Enter the required information to choose your main company number, which will be the primary number for your Zoom Phone service.
    • (Optional) Select a Country, State, and Area Code from the drop-down menus.
    • Enter an extension number for the account owner (your personal account).
      • All subsequent user extensions will increment from the extension value you enter here.
      • Extension numbers can be up to 6 digits. If you set up multiple sites and enable site codes, extension numbers can be 2 to 5 digits and site codes can be 1 to 3 digits. If you require longer extension numbers that are up to 15 digits, contact Zoom.
      • The main company number can be changed after the initial setup.
      • A default auto-receptionist will be assigned to this number with you (the account owner) as the default operator.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Enter a default emergency address, which is used by first responders when you call an emergency number (e.g. 9-1-1).
    • The SIP zone (used to improve call quality) will be automatically selected based on your address. If you set up multiple sites, later on, the SIP Zone will be selected based on each site's address.
    • If you have Zoom One Business Plus, Zoom One Enterprise, and Zoom One Enterprise Plus accounts, follow these instructions.
  6. Click Done.
  7. (Optional) Click Cancel to return to the Welcome to Zoom Phone page.

Phone assignments selection for Zoom One Business Plus, Zoom One Enterprise, and Zoom One Enterprise Plus accounts

  1. In the Automatic Phone Assignments for Zoom One licenses dialog box, click one of the following:
    • Yes, continue for the system to automatically assign Zoom Phone licenses to your users.
    • No, manually assign for you to manually assign Zoom Phone licenses to your users.
  2. (Optional) Unselect Notify users by email of their extension and phone number assignment, if you don't want the system to notify your users of the extensions.


After you complete the initial setup, Zoom Phone options are displayed under Phone System Management on the left panel of the web portal.

Follow the sections below to continue setting up Zoom Phone.

Essential setup

After completing the initial setup, start using Zoom Phone by adding phone users, purchasing direct numbers, and provisioning desk phones for users that require them.

Porting phone numbers

To use your existing phone numbers with Zoom Phone, you have to port the number to Zoom Phone. Zoom will work with your previous provider and port the number to your Zoom Phone account. Once the porting process is done, you can assign the ported numbers to users.

Adding phone users

You can assign Zoom Phone licenses and calling plans to users in the Zoom account. Assigning a Zoom Phone license to a user will assign an extension number. Users will also receive an email notifying that they have been added to Zoom Phone.


Purchasing and assigning phone numbers

After creating phone users, you can purchase direct phone numbers and assign them to users. Users that are assigned a direct phone number will still be able to use their assigned extension number. You can also port over phone numbers from another service or carrier and change the main company number.

Provisioning phones and devices

All Zoom Phone users can make and receive calls using the Zoom desktop client or mobile app. You can provision and assign devices to users who require a desk phone. Zoom Phone supports several devices.

Changing account-level settings

After setting up your users and numbers, you can configure account-level Zoom Phone settings like email notifications, audio while connecting, and default business hours. You can also change policy settings to enable or disable certain Zoom Phone features.

Customizing the main auto receptionist

During the initial setup, Zoom Phone creates a main auto receptionist for your main company number. The main auto receptionist answers calls using a personalized recording then routes calls. Get started by setting business hours and routing options for your main auto receptionist.

Advanced setup

After setting up your phone users, direct phone numbers, and desk phones, you can set up these advanced features that organize your phone users and modify how calls are handled.

Auto receptionists and Interactive Voice Response (IVR)

Auto receptionists answer calls with a personalized recording and routes calls to a phone user, or call queue. You can set up an auto receptionist to route to an IVR system that provides callers with several routing options and allows them to search a directory of your phone users.

Multiple sites

If you want to organize your phone users into groups, you should create multiple sites. For example, you could create multiple sites based on office location or department. You can also assign a site code to each site, allowing users to easily identify and dial phone extensions that belong to the same site.

Call queues

Call queues allow you to manage incoming calls so that they are routed to a specific group of users. For example, you can route calls to people in your organization's billing, sales, or customer service departments.

Emergency calling

You can change the default emergency address you set during the initial setup. If you have multiple sites, you can change the default address assigned to each site. You can also enable emergency calling for users that do not have a calling plan or direct phone number.

Additional features

You can use these features that enhance your Zoom Phone service.


Once phone users start making and receiving calls, you can view a detailed record of all calls. You can filter data by date, call type (inbound or outbound), and site. You can also export logs and view the log of a specific user.

Blocked list

You can also block numbers for all users in the account or for specific users. Blocked numbers can be inbound (numbers will be blocked from calling in) and outbound (phone users in your account won't be able to dial those numbers).

Zoom Rooms

You can assign Zoom Phone licenses to Zoom Rooms set up in your account. This allows users to make and receive calls using Zoom Rooms.

Call quality and usage reports

The call quality dashboard allows you to see the overall quality of voice calls and filter data on a specific phone user. The usage report allows you to see phone usage data for a specific call queue or phone user.

Call delegation and shared line groups

Call delegation allows you to assign a phone user to make and receive calls on another user's behalf. Both users will be able to see the status of the shared lines.

Shared line groups allow you to share a phone number and extension with a group of phone users or common area phones.