The gesture recognition machine can be used by participants to provide more visual feedback by way of gestures. A gesture can be translated into Zoom reactions in real-time via this feature, allowing users to have a corresponding meeting reaction displayed when a visual gesture is made, such as raising a hand during a meeting or webinar. This feature also allows users to more easily react during a meeting or webinar. At the moment, this feature is only available for the Raise Hand ✋ and Thumbs Up 👍 reactions.
Admins and account owners can decide whether this feature should be activated or disabled. They may also choose to lock this feature. When enabled for accounts and groups, gesture recognition is disabled by default, but if certain settings are configured for meeting reactions and webinar reactions, gesture recognition is enabled by default.
Prerequisites for using gesture recognition
- Zoom desktop client
- For Windows: 5.10.3 or higher
- For macOS: 5.10.3 or higher
- Zoom mobile app
- For iOS: 5.7.6 or higher
- Supported iOS devices:
- iPad with A12+ Chips
- Apple iPad Pro (2021, 5th generation)
- Apple iPad Pro (2020, 4th generation)
- Apple iPad Pro (2018, 3rd generation)
- Apple iPad 10.2 (2020, 8th generation)
- Apple iPad Air (2020, 4th generation)
- Apple iPad Air (2019, 3rd generation)
- Apple iPad mini (2019, 5th generation)
- The host has enabled the use of reactions in the meeting
Enabling gesture recognition in the client
Windows | macOS
In the desktop client, you have the option to enable gesture recognition before the meeting starts, or during the live meeting.
- You will need to sign in to the Zoom desktop client.
- Click your profile picture and then click Settings.
- Click the General tab.
- Choose the checkbox next to the next option so you have the option to activate the following emojis according to the hand gesture: 👍 ✋
It is possible to turn on gesture recognition in the Zoom mobile app when you are in a meeting:
- Tap on the More button to see more information.
- Go to the Meeting Settings tab.
- If you want to enable gesture recognition in the meeting, you will need to tap the slider near Raise Hand/Tap Thumbs Up under the Gestures section.
Using gesture recognition
Windows | macOS
- During a Zoom webinar or meeting, your video will be displayed if your video is turned on.
- I want to ask for your support, so I am raising my hand in a thumbs up gesture or raising my hand.
- Ensure you hold the gesture for a few seconds so that it can be recognized by the receiver.
Meeting/Webinar reactions will be displayed above the reactions button in the meeting toolbar for the respective meeting/webinar.
- With a compatible iPad, you can join a Zoom meeting or a Zoom Webinar
- You can do this by raising your hand and giving an upward gesture.
- Please allow the gesture to be recognized for a few moments, i.e., for one to recognize your gesture.
Above the reactions button in the meeting toolbar, you will see a reaction for the corresponding online meeting and webinar.
Notes on using gesture recognition
- During the gesture, the video frame of the Zoom video camera must be visible and the movement must occur within the video frame.
- You should only position one hand in front of you and it should be touching no other body part.
- The thumb should be in an upright position at all times when exhibiting the thumbs up reaction.
- It is better to place your right hand on the right side of the screen when using the Raise Hand reaction and to place your left hand on the left side of the screen when using the Speak response. It is recommended that you should face the camera with the palm facing down and flat on your hand in both cases. You will receive a notification when the gesture is recognized, so that you can stop it immediately if you do not wish to continue.