Remote work, Course Tips, Faqs

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Zoom Waiting Rooms

Originally sugested by Dr. Ramankanth Kavuluru

The Waiting Room feature allows the host to control when a participant joins the meeting. As the meeting host, you can admit attendees one by one or hold all attendees in the waiting room and admit them all at once. You can send all participants to the waiting room when joining your meeting or only guests, participants who are not on your Zoom account or are not signed in. A person trying to join a meeting that has the Waiting Room option enabled will see a screen similar to the following:

Zoom Waiting Room

In this case this participant is waiting for your approval to join the meeting.

Enabling Waiting Rooms

While Scheduling a meeting from the Zoom application, in the window where the scheduling takes place click on Advanced Options and there might be an option in the form of a checkbox that says Enable Waiting Room, click that option so you can decide when to allow all participants to enter the meeting.

If the Enable Waiting Room option is not present in the application (meaning that you are running an older version of Zoom or the Linux version), then go to and sign in using your UK Linkblue username and password credentials. Once the options are displayed scroll down and look for Waiting Room (see the below picture) and enable the option if it’s not enabled yet. Make sure that the option All participants is selected if that is what’s desired. The Waiting Room option looks like the following when enabling this setting via the UK Zoom website:

Zoom Waiting Room

After enabling the option you don’t need to save the changes, they were already saved. Once participants start to join you will see who is pending for approval from the application, and you can approve all or specific participants. The Zoom documentation for all the features needed about Waiting Rooms are detailed in the following URI