Zoom breakout rooms allow a meeting hosts to temporarily break participants into smaller Zoom meetings for small-group discussion. Hosts can set the breakout duration, automatically or manually assign participants to rooms and may join any breakout room at any time from their desktop/laptop computer.

How do I Start a Breakout Room outside a Zoom Classroom?

StepWhat to doMore information

Join your course's Zoom Meeting* on your laptop/desktop computer in the classroom.

How Do I Join My Class' Zoom Meeting from My Computer?

Click the Breakout Rooms option.

Note: If you don't see the Breakout Rooms option Zoom Breakout Rooms Button, reclaim host rights (see steps to the right), otherwise, continue to the next step.

How to Reclaim Host Rights:

StepWhat to doHow it looks

Click the Participants menu option.

2Click the More option at the bottom of the pop-up window.
3Click Reclaim Host.

If you have preassigned your participants into a breakout room, you will see your rooms with the appropriate students assigned to them. If you see your rooms, but your students aren't assigned to them, you will need to recover your meeting's breakout room pre-assignments (see instructions to the right).

If you have not preassigned them, you will need to create the rooms and assign students to them (see instructions to the right).

Recover Pre-assigned Rooms
  1. From the Breakout Room pop-up window, click Recreate.
  2. Click Recover to Pre-assigned Rooms.
  1. Click Manually.
  2. Click Create Rooms.
  3. Click Add a Room
  4. Click Assign and select the students you'd like to assign to this room.
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 until all desired students are assigned.
  1. Click Automatically.
  2. Type the number of desired rooms in the breakout room pop-up window.
  3. Click Create Rooms.

Click the Open All Rooms button.