Zoom has emerged as the go-to virtual collaboration platform in the past few months. It has also become the go-to choice for friends and family looking to catch up with each other. There are many games and activities that you can play over Zoom and one of them is Bingo.
Bingo is one of the oldest and most popular games that is loved by people of ages. It is simple and easy to follow along and requires a bit of luck which makes it much more exciting. If you have been looking for a way to play Bingo over Zoom, then we have the perfect guide for you.
Follow the guide and tools listed below and you will be able to play Bingo with your friends online.
What do you need
- Zoom PC app with a Zoom account
- A printer at home (optional)
Note: Even if someone in your group does not own a printer, they can simply screenshot their card and then upload the JPEG to any photo editor. Once uploaded, you can use the draw/annotate tool to mark out your numbers.
How to play Bingo over Zoom
Step 0: Create a new Zoom meeting and invite everyone to it. Once all the players have joined in, you can start to set up and play the game as given below.
Step 1: Head over to the Bingo card generator using this link and then select the number of cards you want to generate. Next select their colors, and in the ‘Printing Options’ drop-down menu select ‘2’.
Step 2: Now click on ‘Generate Cards’ to get the Bingo cards for your game. Print them out using the ‘Print Cards’ option. Now send the same link to your friends so that they can print out tickets for themselves.
Note: While the Bingo card generator doesn’t allow you to print a single ticket on a paper, you can do so by selecting only ‘one’ as the number of your cards in the drop-down menu. On the other hand, people are known to play with two or even three tickets at once to increase their chances of winning. So you could try doing that as well.
Step 3: Once everybody has their tickets printed out, ask your friends to grab a marker so that they can cross out the corresponding numbers. Once everyone is ready, open the Bingo number caller in your browser using this link.
Step 4: Under the Bingo icon in the top left corner of your screen, use the drop-down menu to select the kind of game you want to host.
Step 5: Now use the screen share option in your Zoom meeting to share your browser window (running the game) with everyone. This will allow everyone to keep track of called out numbers as well as see the new number in person.
Step 5: Once everybody is able to see the browser window shared by you, select your pattern in the top left corner of the screen depending on the variation, you and your friends wish to play.
Step 5: Now click on ‘Start New Game’. This will start a new game and the first number will get called out by the generator. Click on ‘Call Next Number’ once everybody is caught up to get the next number. You can also automate this process by clicking on ‘Start Autoplay’.
Note: You can also have a computer-generated voice call out the numbers. You can activate this option checking the box for ‘Enable’ for the ‘Bingo Caller’ setting. You can then select the voice and language by using the drop-down menu.
You can now play your Bingo over Zoom like you normally would anywhere.
To make the game a bit more interesting and to increase the stakes a bit, you can have everybody pool in a bit of money and buy gift cards which can be given out for every win.
We hope this guide helps you easily play Bingo over Zoom with your friends. If you face any problems or have any issues, feel free to reach out to us using the comments section below.
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