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Note: You can also Pre-Assign Participants to Rooms.

Breakout room basics

  • You must have breakout rooms enabled on your Zoom account settings to start breakout rooms. This setting is enabled by default for PSU users. You can adjust your personal account settings through the Zoom web portal at
  • You must be the meeting host and use the Zoom client to start breakout rooms.
  • You can have up to 50 breakout rooms per meeting and up to 200 participants total in breakout rooms.
  • Hosts can move from breakout room to breakout room and send messages to all rooms.
  • Participants can request help from a host while in a breakout room with the Ask for Help button.
  • Participants who joined the meeting through a web browser are not able to join breakout rooms. As a workaround, those participants can use the main meeting room as their breakout session space.

Create breakout rooms during a meeting

  1. Start the meeting.
  2. Click Breakout Rooms in the meeting host controls to access the breakout rooms you created.
  3. Select the number of rooms you would like to create and how you would like to assign your participants to those rooms:
    Automatically: Let Zoom split your participants up evenly into each of the rooms.
    Manually: Choose which participants you would like in each room.
  4. Click Create breakout rooms.
  5. Click Options to view and select additional options.
  6. Click Open all Rooms to send participants to assigned breakout rooms.

Learn more about managing breakout rooms.

This article was last updated on Sep 22, 2023 @ 9:49 am.