Zoom Breakout Rooms allow you to split the room into smaller rooms for more focused interaction and an overall better experience for the participants.
To enable this feature, you have to:
- Go to Zoom.com
- Log into your account
- Go to “Settings“
- Find the “Breakout Room” room option and enable it
That’s it. Four simple steps that let you enable the “Breakout Rooms“. What more do you want? A step-by-step guide? Fine, you’ll get one below, so keep reading!
1. Go to Zoom.com
Begin by opening the Zoom website (navigate to www.zoom.us) from Google.
2. Go to “My Account“
Once the website is opened, locate the blue “MY ACCOUNT” button in the top-right corner and select it (you should find it near the “WHITEBOARD” option).
This will take you to the login screen.
3. Go to “Settings“
Once you enter your credentials and log in, you’ll be taken to your profile page automatically. Next, look for the “Settings” option on the left-hand side and select that option.
One more step!
4. Find the “Breakout room” option and enable it
Under the “In Meeting (Advanced)” tab, you’ll find the “Breakout room” option that’s greyed out by default (disabled).
Click it to enable it and make it blue. If you can’t find the option, I recommend using the CTRL+F command.
That’s it. Now you can create a breakout room in your meeting! I’ll explain how below, so keep reading:
How Can I Create Breakout Rooms on Zoom?
Now that you CAN create Breakout Rooms, it’s time to see HOW you do it. Follow my instructions below to get started:
1. Create a new meeting
Begin by opening Zoom and selecting the big orange “New Meeting” button in the center of the app. You can’t miss it!
2. Click on “More.”
Once the meeting begins, look at the bottom of the meeting screen for a menu with multiple options. In the bottom-right corner, you’ll see the “More” button (three-dots). Click on it.
3. Select “Breakout Rooms“
Once you select the “More” option, a window containing multiple options will appear. Click on the “Breakout Rooms” option and look at my next instructions:
4. Create a breakout room
Once you click on the “Breakout rooms” icon, a new window will open. Here, you can specify the number of breakout rooms to create and the entry requirement.
The “Assign automatically” option splits the number of participants equally and puts them into all the entry rooms available.
The “Assign manually” option allows you to assign any participant to whichever breakout room you want.
The “Let participants choose room” lets any participant choose which breakout room to enter. They can also exist and enter other rooms if they want to.
Once you choose an option, click on “Create” and you’re done.
5. Inspect your breakout rooms
You can inspect your breakout rooms by going to “More” – “Breakout Rooms” again. In this menu, you’ll see the total number of rooms; you can rename or delete the existing rooms or add other ones.
Remember, you can only have 50 breakout rooms open at a time.
That’s about it. Told you this was easy. Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or if you need more help with something else!