How To Use Breakout Rooms In Zoom

Do you want to split your Zoom meeting participants into smaller groups temporarily? Do you want to do it without ending the current session and letting everyone create their own meetings? If so, we have here a guide for you. We’ll teach you how to enable and set up breakout rooms in Zoom.


Like Microsoft Teams, Zoom also allows its users to create breakout rooms in their meetings. With this feature, the host can divide the participants into smaller groups and assign them to different rooms.

In this way, the respective groups can discuss on their own without any distractions from other participants. The host can also join any of these rooms to discuss with each team separately.

Although that’s the case, this feature isn’t accessible on the Zoom meetings without turning it on from your Settings. So before we get started on our guide about setting up breakout rooms on the app, we’ll show you how to enable the feature from the Zoom web portal.

How to enable breakout rooms in Zoom

By default, breakout rooms aren’t accessible through your meetings in Zoom. You first need to enable the feature before you can use it on video conferences.

You can enable breakout rooms by signing in to the Zoom web portal and accessing your “In Meeting” settings. Follow our step-by-step tutorial below to learn how.

  1. Using your preferred web browser, visit the Zoom web portal and sign in to your account.
  2. On the navigation bar at the left, click Settings under the Personal section.

  3. Make sure that you’re on the Meeting tab and select In Meeting (Advanced).

  4. Toggle the slider button beside “Breakout room” to enable the feature.

Now that you turned on the Breakout rooms, you can now use it on all your meetings in Zoom. With this feature, you can split the participants into smaller groups.

How to use breakout rooms on your Zoom meetings

If you want to separate your Zoom meeting participants into smaller groups, you can use the breakout rooms feature. In this way, they don’t need to leave the session and start a new one to have private conversations with the other participants.

However, please note that you can only create breakout rooms on the Zoom desktop app. While you can’t do so through the mobile app, you can still join one created by other users.

With that in mind, here’s how to set up breakout rooms in Zoom:

  1. On your computer, launch the Zoom desktop app and sign in to your account.
  2. Start a new meeting as the host.

  3. Once you’re inside the room, click “Breakout rooms” at the bottom of the window. If you can’t see this option, tap More (three-dot icon) and select Breakout rooms on the menu.

  4. Choose the number of rooms you want to create and select the preferred assignment option. After finalizing everything, click the Create button.

  5. After assigning every participant to their respective rooms, click Open All Rooms to start all the breakout sessions.

That’s how you set up breakout rooms on Zoom. Please note that you can always add more rooms, change options, and recreate the breakout rooms any time you want.

Once enough time has passed, you can gather all participants back to the main meeting by ending all the sessions. You can do this by clicking Breakout Rooms on the meeting window and selecting the red “Close All Rooms” button.

To wrap it all up

Now that you know how to enable breakout rooms in Zoom, you can now use them on all your meetings on the platform. With this feature, you can divide participants and assign them to different rooms during one of your sessions.

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