How to join different Zoom meetings simultaneously

With Zoom Desktop, participants can simultaneously participate in or watch multiple meetings or webinars at the same time, as they can join different Zoom meetings or webinars simultaneously from their desktop computers. Among the people who may need this assistance is support staff that needs to observe multiple sessions at the same time.

You can join multiple meetings once you enable the setting by entering the meeting ID at https://zoom.us/join or navigating to https://zoom.us/join and using the join URL. Joining a Zoom meeting will only work the first time.

Note:

It is not possible to have more than one meeting running simultaneously with this feature.

What are the requirements in order to simultaneously join multiple meetings on a desktop device

  • For Business, Enterprise, or Education account
  • For Zoom desktop client:
    • Windows: version 4.1.27348.0625 or later
    • macOS: version 4.4.522551.0414 or later

Note:

For this feature to be enabled, please contact Zoom Support. In order to enable this feature, support must be contacted within 3 days of contacting them.

On a desktop computer, how do you make it possible to join multiple meetings simultaneously?

Account

For all members of your organization to have access to this feature you have to do the following:

  1. If you are an admin with the privilege to edit the Zoom account settings, you should log in to the Zoom web portal as an admin.
  2. Click on Account Management, then select Account Settings from the navigation panel.
  3. Click on the Meeting tab.
  4. Verify that the option Allow different meetings to be joined simultaneously on desktop is enabled within the In Meetings (Basic) section.
  5. In the event that it is disabled, click the toggle button to make it available. You will notice that a confirmation dialog box will appear once the toggle button has been clicked.
  6. You may choose to make the setting mandatory for all users in your account if you wish. If this is important to you, simply click the Lock icon and confirm the setting that way.

Group

Note:

After August 21, 2021, the Group Management page has been renamed to Groups. This is a requirement if you have just created a Zoom account after that date and the New Admin Experience is enabled.

For each individual group, you can enable or disable this feature as follows:

  1. The first step is to sign into the Zoom web portal as a group admin with the privilege of editing group members.
  2. Click Group Management in the navigation pane and then click User Management to complete the process.
  3. On the left side, click the appropriate group name from the list, and click the Settings tab to complete the process.
  4. Select Meeting from the left side navigation.
  5. If you are able to join multiple meetings simultaneously on desktop under the In Meeting (Basic) section, check it.
  6. You may need to click the toggle in order to enable it if you do not see it listed. When the confirmation box appears, click Turn On to ensure the changes have been made.
    There are a few items that will be grayed out if they have been locked at the account level and will have to be changed there as well.
  7. (Optional) After you have completed setting this option for a group of users, you can lock the icon and confirm that you want to make it mandatory for all users of the group.

User

You can use this feature if you wish to do so:

  1. The Zoom website can be accessed by logging in.
  2. The settings option can be found in the main menu bar.
  3. Click on the Meeting tab to access the settings.
  4. Ensure that you have enabled the option to Join different meetings simultaneously on the desktop under the In Meeting (Basic) section.
  5. Click the toggle switch to enable the setting if it is disabled. You may be prompted with a verification dialog box to confirm the setting has been changed.
    Note:
  6. There is a possibility that the option you would prefer may be grayed out because it has been blocked at either the group or account level, and you will have to contact Zoom customer support.

How to join more than one meeting at the same time

Joining multiple meetings at the same time is possible by joining the first meeting in the following ways.

  • In the Zoom desktop client, click the Join button to join the meeting.
  • Click the Join URL to join the meeting
  • Input the meeting ID in the Meeting ID box on https://zoom.us/join and then click Connect.

You can select to join multiple meetings as long as you use the join URL at https://zoom.us/join or enter the webinar ID manually on https://zoom.us/join on each subsequent meeting or webinar you just want to join, and the Zoom client will launch the additional meeting or webinar for you automatically.