Zoom offers a Waiting Room feature that can fit a couple of different needs:

  1. If you are hosting a Zoom meeting and you'd like the ability to have control on when your participants are allowed into your meeting.
  2. You'd like to have a Virtual Office and only let one person in at a time.
  3. You'd like a more secure meeting and review who is going to be allowed into your meeting.

PLEASE NOTE: Waiting Rooms cannot be used for Webinars. It is recommenced to use a webinar practice session.
For more info, go here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206316975

To enable a Waiting Room for your meeting, please follow the steps below:

  1. Sign in to https://uiowa.zoom.us
  2. In the navigation menu, click on Meetings
  3. Click on Schedule a Meeting or hover over a currently scheduled meeting and click Edit
  4. Go to Security and click on the box next to Waiting Room
    • Zoom - Enable Waiting Room
  5. Click Save at the bottom

To enable or disable a Waiting Room during a meeting:

As the Host of the meeting:

  1. Click on Participants
  2. Click on More
  3. Click on Enable Waiting room to enable or disable the feature:
    • enable or disable waiting room

To use a Waiting Room for your meeting, please follow the steps below:

As the Host of the meeting:

  1. Admit individual participants during a meeting
    1. Click on Participants
    2. Next to the Participant you'd like to add, click Admit
      • admit-participant-button
  2. Admit all participants
    1. Click on Participants
    2. Click Admit all
      • Admit all
  3. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Send participants to the Waiting Room
    1. Click Participants
    2. Click More next to the Participant you'd like to move to the waiting room
    3. Click on Put in Waiting Room
      • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
        Put in waiting room
  4. Send a message to participants in a Waiting Room
    1. Click Chat
    2. Click the dropdown next to To:
      • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    3. Click Everyone (in Waiting Room)
      • ​​​​​​​
    4. Type and send your message.
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September 23, 2021