Zoom co-host feature: What can a co-host do, and what limitations do they have?

Posted on:  07/09/2022
Zoom co-host feature: What can a co-host do, and what limitations do they have?

Updated: July 9, 2022 - Managing a zoom meeting can be challenging with a lot of people. With Zoom's co-host feature, you can share hosting privileges with other users. A co-host can help manage the waiting room, breakout rooms, chats, and other features. You can have more than one co-host. We will also look at the limitations of a co-host.

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Enabling Zoom's Co-host feature on the web

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal.
  2. In the navigation panel, click Settings.
  3. Click the Meeting tab.
  4. Under In Meeting (Basic), verify that the Co-host setting is enabled.
  5. If the setting is disabled, click the toggle to enable it. If a verification dialog displays, click Turn On to verify the change.

Note: If the option is grayed out, it has been locked at either the group or account level, and you will need to contact your Zoom administrator.

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Make a participant a co-host using the video image

You can only make a participant a co-host once you have started your meeting and they have joined the meeting. You can't make a participant a co-host before the meeting. That is called an alternative host in Zoom. 

  • Right-click an individual's video or click the three dots, and select Make Co-host.
  • To remove Co-host privileges, right-click and select Remove Co-host Permissions.

Make a participant a co-host using the participant panel

  • Open the Participant panel
  • Point to More
  • Click Make Co-host. Use the same steps to remove Co-host permissions. See the screenshot below.
Make someone a co-host with the participant panel in Zoom

Make someone a co-host with the participant panel in Zoom

What can a Co-host do?

  1. Mute or unmute participants
  2. Stop participant's video
  3. Ask participant to start video
  4. Spotlight a video
  5. Change who attendees can chat with
  6. Remove attendees
  7. Put participants on hold
  8. Rename participants
  9. Invite others to join *
  10. Mute controls for participants (ask to mute, mute all, mute on entry)
  11. Assign participants to breakout rooms
  12. Start Cloud Recording
  13. Start local Recording
  14. Allow or forbid a participant to start a local recording
  15. Start polling
  16. Save in-meeting chats
  17. Share a screen. Participants can share their screen, but this can be disabled for Participants.
  18. Start/Stop their own video. Particiapnts can start and stop their own video, but this can be disabled for Participants.


What features are not avaible as a co-host?

Here are the limitations for a co-host

  1. Co-host can't start a meeting. Alternative hosts can start meetings, but not co-hosts.
  2. Co-host can't turn on the Waiting Room. Co-hosts can admit and send people to the waiting room, but they can't enable or disable the waiting room.
  3. Co-host can't End a meeting. Only the Host can end a meeting. 
  4. Co-host can't turn on live streaming.
  5. Co-host can't make someone else a co-host.
  6. Co-host can't create new polls or questions, but they can run polls.
  7. Co-host can't be set up ahead of a meeting. Co-host are assigned after the meeting starts.
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