Join a Lync Meeting or an audio or video conference call

There are several ways to join a Skype for Business (Lync) Meeting using Skype for Business (Lync) for iPad. Once you join, you should be able to hear the meeting audio, see the video of other participants (if they are using video), and view any meeting content being shared. You can also quickly rejoin a meeting or resume an earlier conversation with those who were in it. And you can join a Skype for Business (Lync) Meeting on your iPad without signing in to Skype for Business (Lync) or even having a Skype for Business (Lync) account.

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Watch this short video to learn how to use Skype for Business (Lync) to IM, make a call, and join a meeting on your iPad.

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Join a meeting or audio or video conference call

Join a Skype for Business (Lync) Meeting or conference call by phone

Wait in the meeting lobby

Join a Skype for Business (Lync) Meeting if you aren’t a Skype for Business (Lync) user or aren’t signed in to Skype for Business (Lync)

Add someone to a call

Rejoin a meeting

Resume a conversation

Join a meeting or audio or video conference call

  1. To join a Skype for Business (Lync) Meeting, from the left, tap the fourth icon to get to the Meetings screen.

  2. From the Meetings screen, select the meeting that you want to join, and then tap Join Meeting.

  3. Depending on how you set your VoIP call options, one of the following happens:

  • You’ll be connected to audio or video using VoIP either by using Wi-Fi (if you connected to a Wi-Fi network), or your cellular data plan.

  • Or, Skype for Business (Lync) calls you on your mobile phone and you’ll need to accept the Skype for Business (Lync) call in order to join the meeting. This happens only when your audio or video call options are set to ON and your device isn’t connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Join a Skype for Business (Lync) Meeting or conference call by phone

You can also dial in to the meeting from any phone by dialing the Join by Phone numbers listed in the meeting invitation. The dial-in phone number is listed towards the bottom of the meeting request.

After you dial in, your phone number is displayed in the meeting roster.

Wait in the meeting lobby

The meeting lobby is an online waiting area. The meeting leader can control access to the meeting, or admit someone who doesn’t have the correct meeting credentials.

If the meeting leader has enabled the meeting lobby, you’ll need to wait until the meeting leader admits you to the meeting. If you’re waiting in the lobby, don’t move to another app because your request to join the meeting will be cancelled if you do.

Join a Skype for Business (Lync) Meeting if you aren’t a Skype for Business (Lync) user or aren’t signed in to Skype for Business (Lync)

You can join a Skype for Business (Lync) Meeting on your iPad without signing in to Skype for Business (Lync) or even having a Skype for Business (Lync) account. Here’s how:

  1. Install Lync 2013 (from the App store for iPad) in advance of the meeting. (If you don’t install Skype for Business (Lync) beforehand, you’ll be prompted to install it when you try to join the meeting.)

  2. Don’t sign in to Skype for Business (Lync).

  3. When you tap the meeting link on your mobile device, you’ll get a Skype for Business (Lync) prompt to join the meeting.

  4. Tap Sign in as a guest.

Once you enter your name, you’ll be admitted to the conversation window for the meeting (or into the Lobby if the meeting leader has decided to use that feature).

Here are some things you can and can’t do as a meeting guest if you’re not signed in to Skype for Business (Lync):

You can…

  • Open the Meeting settings screen and change your settings for using Wi-Fi with video and meeting content, and for Text telephone (TTY) mode.

  • View the meeting roster and see names and titles of the other participants.

  • Be promoted to presenter and have the same presenter capabilities from the roster as others.

You cannot…

  • Navigate to any Skype for Business (Lync) screens other than the Meeting conversation screen and the Meeting settings screen.

  • Open a contact card from the roster.

  • See contact photos in the roster or active speaker area.

Add someone to a call

To add someone else to a call, do either of the following:

  • From the Conversations screen, tap the More icon, then tap Invite, and tap the contact you want to add to the call.

  • From the Participants list, tap the Add (+) icon (upper-right corner of the screen), then find the contact, tap their name, and then tap Skype for Business (Lync) Call or tap the Phone icon. Skype for Business (Lync) will call the person and add them to the conversation.

Rejoin a meeting

If you have to temporarily leave a Skype for Business (Lync) meeting or get disconnected for any reason, you can rejoin it by clicking the Rejoin button in the notification or on the Conversation screen.

Note:  If you’re not in the Skype for Business (Lync) app when you get disconnected, you may see a notification that you were disconnected, but you will need to return to the Skype for Business (Lync) app to tap Rejoin.

Resume a conversation

To pick up a conversation where you left off, tap the Chats icon at left of the Skype for Business (Lync) screen, scroll down the list until you find the conversation you want to resume, and tap the listing for that conversation. When you send an IM or call the participants, Skype for Business (Lync) will send a new invite to everyone who was in the original conversation and will include the history of the conversation in the message.

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