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

Posted on:  05/11/2021
Zoom co-host feature: What can a co-host do, and what limitations do they have?

Managing a zoom meeting can be changeling with a lot of people. With the 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. I'll also look at the limitations of a co-host.

Zoom make co-host

Zoom - make co-host

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Enabling co-host as a USER

  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.

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 individuals 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 not do?

Here are the limitations for a co-host

  1. Co-host can't turn on the Waiting Room. They can admit and send people to the waiting room, but they can't enable or disable the waiting room.
  2. Co-host can't End a meeting.
  3. Co-host can't turn on live streaming.
  4. Co-host can't make someone else a co-host.
  5. Co-host can't create new polls or questions, but they can run polls.
Chris Menard

Chris Menard is a Senior Training Specialist at SurePoint Technologies. Chris is certified in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Menard has a YouTube channel with other 600 technology videos covering Excel, Word, Zoom, Teams, Outlook, Gmail, Google Calendar, and other resources that over 7 million viewers have very appreciated. Because of Chris's certification and expertise with Microsoft, Chris is a proud member of Microsoft's Creator Team. Being a member of Microsoft's Creator Teams means many of his videos are available on Microsoft 365 YouTube channel and Microsoft support websites.

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