Introducing how to use Zoom’s “raise your hand” function and how to use it effectively!

Introducing how to use Zoom's raise your hand function and how to use it effectively!
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When holding a meeting or seminar on Zoom, there are times when you need to ask questions or check if there are any unclear points.

At this time, if there are many participants, it may be difficult to understand who asked the question, and it may take time.

Participants may also be confused about when to ask questions.

Therefore, I would like to recommend using the “raise your hand” function that is standard on Zoom.

In this article, we will explain how to use the “Raise your hand” function available in Zoom and how to actually use it.

We have summarized how to use each computer and smartphone, so let’s take this opportunity to make full use of Zoom’s “raise your hand” function to efficiently proceed with the meeting.

What is Zoom’s “raise your hand” feature? effective use

What is Zoom's raise your hand feature
Zoom’s “raise your hand” function is useful for meetings and seminars with a certain number of people.

First, let’s look at specific examples of how Zoom’s “raise your hand” function is effective in what kind of situations.

Majority decision in web conference

At in-house meetings, etc., scenes such as taking a total of whether plan A or plan B is better, and voting for or against one agenda by majority will come up.

In this case, if you raise your hand on the Zoom screen, the waiting room , the screen will change to the following screen. Please wait until the host must count and confirm each person.

On the other hand, if you use the “raise your hand” function, the number of people who raised their hands will be displayed on the host side, so you can easily count them.

With a recent update, the “voting” function, which was previously only available in Zoom’s webinar function, can now be used in Zoom meetings. However, this function must be enabled and scheduled before the meeting, so it is recommended to use it according to the scene.

Q&A during the webinar (webinar)

When conducting seminars and training, regularly checking whether the content explained by the host has been properly conveyed will make the time more satisfying for the participants.

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However, if the question-and-answer session is done only by voice, there is a possibility that it may not be possible to understand who asked the question, or that the voices of several people overlap and cannot be heard.

Therefore, it is convenient to have participants who have questions use the “raise your hand” function so that the host can nominate.

You can also use it to say, “If you understand, please raise your hand,” and respond to participants who did not respond by individual chat.

Work progress confirmation

It is often the case that individual work is carried out while conducting seminars and training.

Each work progresses differently, so it is important to structure the work so that the person who finishes first does not have to wait.

For example, it would be a good idea to tell the person who has finished the task to raise their hand first, and then instruct the person who raised their hand to proceed with the next task.

In this way, you can see that Zoom’s “raise your hand” function can be used in various situations.

Let’s check the actual operation method of Zoom in the next item, how to use the “raise your hand” function.

Explain how to operate the “Raise your hand” function

We will explain how to operate the participants’ side and the organizer’s side on the PC and smartphone respectively.

The basic operation is the same, but the position etc. differs depending on the device you use, so it will be smooth if you check it all over.

Participant side operation

First, let’s look at the operation procedure when the participant uses the “raise hand” function on Zoom.

For PC (Windows)

The procedure for using the “raise your hand” function while participating in a meeting on a computer is as follows.

  1. Move the cursor to the toolbar at the bottom of the screen
  2. Click “Reaction” from the list
  3. Click the “Raise your hand” button from the bottom of the screen displayed on the top (pop-up in the center for Mac)

When you click “raise your hand”, a notification will be sent to the organizer’s Zoom screen.

After clicking, the text on the button will change to “put your hand down”, so operate as necessary.

It is also possible to operate the “hand up / hand down” function as a shortcut with “Alt key + Y key” for Windows and “Option key + Y key” for Mac.

Depending on the organizer’s Zoom webinar window smaller, other options will move to [ Details ]. There are also new settings, there may be cases where there is no “reaction” on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen and the “raise your hand” icon is displayed instead.


The procedure for using the “Raise your hand” function while participating in a meeting on an iPhone or Android smartphone is as follows.

  1. Tap “Details” in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen
  2. Tap “Raise your hand” from the list

Just like on a computer, tapping “Raise your hand” will send a notification to the host.

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After tapping, the list of details will switch to “Raise your hand”, so let’s operate as necessary.

Also, when using Zoom on an iPad or Android tablet, a toolbar may be displayed at the top of the screen.

Operations on the host side

The organizer basically only manages the participants and cannot use the “raise your hand” function.

Next, let’s look at the operation procedure for managing participants who have raised their hands on the organizer’s side.

For PC (Windows)

When a participant raises their hand, a notification will be displayed on the organizer’s Zoom screen.

At the same time, the raised hand icon is also displayed on the upper left of the screen of the participant who raised their hand, so you can immediately see who is raising their hand.

To lower a participant’s hand, point the mouse at the participant on the participant list screen and click the “Lower hand” button that appears.

Participants with their hands raised appear higher in the participants list.

You can manage them individually, or you can perform batch operations by clicking the “Leave all hands down” button from the “Details” button on the notification screen.


For iPhone and Android smartphones, the hand mark and the number of people raising their hands are displayed at the bottom of the screen, so you can tap the mark to lower your hands individually or all at once.

Also, if you want to lower your hand individually, do it from the “Participants” button in the toolbar. It is also possible to drop hands all at once from this screen.

How to proceed smoothly with meetings and seminars on Zoom

Finally, we will introduce points and cautions for using the “Raise your hand” function more conveniently.

Explain the function at the beginning of the company / seminar!

When using the “raise your hand” function in a meeting using Zoom, it is smart to explain the function in advance.

The “Raise your hand” function is not directly displayed on the toolbar, but is an item that you operate after selecting another menu.

If you proceed without explanation, some participants may be at a loss as to how to use the “Raise your hand” function.

Before starting a meeting or seminar, it is a good idea to explain how to use Zoom’s “raise your hand” function and when to use it.

Check non-verbal feedback/meeting reaction settings

If either non-verbal feedback or meeting reaction setting of Zoom is enabled on the host side, the “reaction” function will be displayed on the participant side, but if both are set to disabled, on the toolbar A “raise your hand” icon will appear directly on the .

If you want to enable the “raise your hand” function in Zoom, you can set it by the following operation.

  1. Open Zoom from your web browser and sign in
  2. Click “Settings” on the My Account page
  3. Click “Meeting”
  4. Click “In Meeting (Basic)”
  5. Set “Meeting Reactions” to Off
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After completing the preparations and settings, please try holding meetings and seminars comfortably using Zoom.

Combination with the “reaction” function is also recommended

Zoom has a function called “reaction” that uses icons such as “applause”, “approve”, and “heart” to express your intentions.

In the case of the “raise your hand” function, the display continues until you lower your hand, but in the case of the “reaction” function, it automatically disappears after a certain period of time.

Also, if the “non-verbal feedback” function is enabled, the organizer and other participants can express specific intentions such as “yes”, “no”, “slower”, “faster” to the “reaction” function. You can also add an icon that tells

It is a good idea to use the “raise your hand” function for simple questions and answers, and the “reaction” function for more detailed confirmation.

Zoom’s “reaction” function is installed in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen.

Several icons will be displayed when you click, so let’s select the appropriate icon according to the situation.


  • Zoom has a “raise your hand” function that is useful for questions and answers and majority voting
  • It can be used effectively in scenes such as meetings with a large number of people, seminars, and training.
  • When using Zoom’s “raise your hand” function, it will be smooth if you explain the operation method in advance.

Zoom is packed with other useful and interesting functions, such as “breakout rooms” that divide participants into groups and “virtual backgrounds” that allow you to hide the room with your favorite image.

We also have a paid plan recommended for companies to introduce Zoom, so if you are interested, please contact us.