Update Your Zoom to Version 5.5 or Newer

October 06, 2021


UPDATE: Zoom will be delaying the implementation of the 9-month release window requirement for all Zoom accounts and users from Nov. 1 to a later date.

Information Technology Services (ITS) would like to inform students, faculty, and staff that Zoom is requiring that all clients be updated to version 5.5+ in order to join any meeting at a later date. See below for questions you may have regarding this new policy. 

How Do I Know What Version of Zoom I Have? 

If you would like to check your version of Zoom, follow the steps at Viewing the Zoom version number. Please note that if you use Zoom on multiple devices (e.g., mobile, tablet), you will need to check all of them. 

Why Do I Need to Update? 

Zoom is requiring that all clients be updated to version 5.5+ in order to join any meeting. This required update follows Zoom's new 9-month release window, requiring all clients be no more than nine months behind the current version at any given time.  This policy ensures clients have the latest Zoom features, as well as any privacy and cybersecurity enhancements. 

How do I Update Zoom? 

If you are an administrator of your machine, please follow the steps at How To Update Your Zoom Client to install the latest version.  If you are not an administrator of your machine, please contact your IT representative. Please note that if you use Zoom on multiple devices (e.g., mobile, tablet), you will need to update on all of them. 

What Happens if I Don't Update ? 

Any clients that are version 5.5 or older will be forced to update when trying to join meetings at a later date. 

ITS asks that all students, faculty, and staff ensure they are using Zoom version 5.5 or newer to prevent any possible service disruptions. 

For 24/7 University technical assistance, please contact ITS Customer Services at 859-218-HELP (4357) or visit the Technology Help Center @ techhelpcenter.uky.edu. For assistance with non-urgent matters, email 218help@uky.edu.    

For 24/7 UK HealthCare technical assistance, contact UK HealthCare IT Service Desk at 859-323-8586.