How to activate co-host and co-host participants in Zoom meeting

With co-host

  • You can share hosting rights with another user in a meeting or webinar.
  • Helps give another user control of meeting features, such as muting participants and starting / stopping recordings.

This page explains the following items.

Prerequisites

  • Pro, Business, Education, API Partner Plan

Enable Joint Hosting

Activate at account level

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal as an administrator with Edit Account Settings permission and click Account Settings .
  2. Go to the Joint Host option on the Meetings tab and make sure the settings are enabled.
    If the setting is invalid, click the status toggle to enable it. When the confirmation dialog is displayed , select [On] to confirm the change.
  1. (Optional) If you want this setting to be mandatory for all users in your account, click the lock icon to lock it.

Enable for a specific group

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal as an administrator with the ability to edit user groups and click Group Management .
  2. Click the group name and then click the Settings tab.
  3. Go to the Joint Host option on the Meetings tab and make sure the settings are enabled.
    If the setting is invalid, click the status toggle to enable it. When the confirmation dialog is displayed , select [On] to confirm the change.
  1. Reference: If the  option is grayed out, it is locked at the account level and needs to be changed at that level.(Optional) If you want this setting to be mandatory for all users in this group, click the lock icon and click Lock to confirm the setting.

 

Enable Co-Host in Your Meeting

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal, [ setting of My Meetings ] the case of the account administrator), or the Meeting Settings and click (in the case of account members).
  2. Go to the joint hosting option on the Meetings tab and make sure the settings are enabled.
    If the setting is invalid, click the status toggle to enable it. When the confirmation dialog is displayed , select [On] to confirm the change.
  1. Reference: If the  option is grayed out, it is locked at the group or account level and you will need to contact your Zoom administrator.

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How to use co-hosts in meetings

There are two ways to co-host users.

First: place the cursor on the video

In a meeting, the host places the cursor on the user’s video, clicks […] , and selects Make co-host .

Second: Host co-host another participant in the participant window

1. Click Manage Participant in the Meeting Controls at the bottom of the Zoom window .

  1. Place the cursor on the participant name you want to co-host, and select [Details].

3. Click Make Co-Host

Once participants become co-hosts, they will have access to co-host controls.


Frequently Asked Questions

 

There must be a co-host assigned by the host. A webinar or meeting can have as many co-hosts as you like, as there is no limit on the number.
 
Meetings scheduled by a co-host cannot be started by a co-host until the host initiates them. There can be no prior assignment of co-hosts for a meeting. To become a co-host, a participant must be promoted by the host. If the host would like, an alternative host can be assigned by the host.
 
An alternative host can be designated in the following way:
  1. The Zoom Mobile App can be accessed by signing in with your Zoom account.
  2. Select the Schedule option from the drop-down menu.
  3. Make sure that you tap the Advanced Options option.
  4. You can find alternative hosts by tapping the Alternative Hosts button.
  5. The alternative hosts that you would like to add to the server can either be added from the list provided or they can be added by entering the email addresses of the users you want to add to the server.
Alternative hosts must be licensed Zoom users in order to be eligible to host. There are a few restrictions to keep in mind: it is necessary for the alternative hosts to also be members of the same Zoom account as the host for them to host, otherwise they will not be allowed to host. Therefore, if you wish to designate a different institution as a substitute host, you would not be able to do so.
 
A single host is the only one that can exist at any given time. A co-host can be assigned participation or their permissions can be removed (available only to the host): You may assign participation to an existing co-host or remove their permissions from them. There is no limit to how many co-hosts you can have. This feature allows you to change the name of a participant so that other participants will know who you are.

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