How to Disable Waiting Room in Zoom?

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Written by: Alex Popa


How to Disable Waiting Room in Zoom?

Do you want to disable the “Waiting Room” feature on Zoom, and you don’t know how? Just follow the steps below to do it:

  1. Log on to Zoom on the web platform
  2. Select “Settings” on the left-hand side menu
  3. Click on the marker next to the “Waiting Room” option

That’s it. If you’re unsure about the steps, keep reading because I’ve included a step-by-step guide on disabling “Waiting Room” in Zoom! This is the simplest way to disable “Waiting Room” in Zoom.

How to Disable Waiting Room in Zoom?

1. Open the Zoom website

Open the Zoom website
Open the Zoom website

The first step in disabling the “Waiting Room” feature is opening the Zoom official website. You can’t disable this feature on the desktop app.

So, search for “Zoom” on Google and open the first link.

2. Click on “Sign in

Click on "Sign in"
Click on “Sign in

Once you open the Zoom website, look for the “Sign in” button and click on it. This will take you to the login page.

3. Enter your credentials and log in

Enter your credentials and log in
Enter your credentials and log in

Once you hit “Sign in“, you’ll be redirected to the login page. Enter your credentials (email and password) and click “Sign In“.

4. Select “Settings” on the left-hand side menu

Select "Settings" on the left-hand side menu
Select “Settings” on the left-hand side menu

Once you’ve logged into your Zoom account, find the “Settings” option on the left-hand side menu. Click on it and follow the guide to proceed!

5. Disable “Waiting Room

Disable "Waiting Room"
Disable “Waiting Room

Once you open the Zoom settings, you’ll see the “Waiting Room” option under the “Security” tab in the center of the webpage.

Click on the blue marker to the right of the “Waiting Room” heading to disable the option. Once it’s disabled, the marker will turn into a grayish-blue color.

That’s all you need to do. Zoom will automatically save your changes after you disable this feature.


To summarize, you can disable the “Waiting Room” feature on Zoom by logging into your account on the Zoom website and going to the settings.

Once you’re in the settings, find the “Waiting Room” option and disable it by clicking on its marker. It’ll turn grayish-blue once it’s turned off.

If you have any questions about this feature, feel free to comment below! I’ll reply as soon as I see your message.

What is a waiting room on Zoom?

A Zoom waiting room is a virtual lobby where participants are placed before entering a meeting.

All newcomers to a meeting are first transferred to the waiting room. An admin can then welcome them into the actual meeting manually.

Waiting rooms solve a major problem that Zoom has always had – spammers and uninvited people getting into meetings.

With the Waiting Room feature, you can ensure that no one can access a meeting without your approval.

You can even send someone from a meeting to the waiting room if you find them annoying or if they break the rules.

However, before using this option, you need to manually enable the “Waiting Room” feature.

The “Waiting Room” option is disabled, and you’ll need to log into the Zoom website to enable it.

Can the host hear you in the waiting room?

No, they can’t. By default, participants can’t talk between themselves in a Zoom waiting room.

They’ll only hear generic music until an admin receives them in the meeting area.

So, a waiting room on Zoom doesn’t allow you to talk. It doesn’t record your voice or show your face, either.

Zoom has decided to make this feature because the waiting rooms are usually full of spammers and uninvited people who’d disturb the meeting otherwise.

If the host could hear people in the waiting room, that would be uncomfortable and annoying.

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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