At a Glance

In this guide, you’ll learn how to create and manage breakout rooms during a Zoom meeting.

When you’re teaching remote students, you can use breakout rooms to mimic the experience of in-person small group discussions. With a little practice and preparation, you may find that this Zoom feature provides a quick and convenient way to group students for discussions and activities.

As the Zoom Scheduling Host, you can also pre-assign participants to breakout rooms.

Set Up and Manage Breakout Rooms During a Zoom Meeting

Watch this video to learn how to split the participants of the meeting into separate rooms automatically or manually, or how to allow participants to select and enter breakout rooms as they please. Note: The host or co-host can switch between breakout rooms at any time.

To learn more, explore these resources from the Zoom Help Center:

Tip: After you pre-assign or launch breakout rooms, you now have the option to select Allow participants to choose room. This allows meeting participants to view the list of breakout rooms, select a room to join, and move between rooms. Note that participants will only be able to self-select into breakout rooms if they’ve joined the meeting with the Zoom desktop or mobile app (version 5.3.0 or higher).