How to Spotlight participants’ videos in Zoom App

This post was most recently updated on September 20th, 2022

Spotlighting participants’ videos

Overview

There can be up to nine active participants in the spotlight video, and these will be the sole speakers that can be seen by the other participants. During the screen sharing process, the spotlight feature can also be used. For example, a keynote speaker could be highlighted with this feature.

Zoom desktop client and Zoom mobile app, but you can also spotlight videos in Zoom Rooms. This article focuses on spotlighting videos on the Zoom desktop client, Zoom mobile app, and Zoom Web.

Alternatively, you can pin up to nine videos, so that they will become the only speakers available to you only when you use your devices. Active Speaker will remain available to all other participants.

Prerequisites for spotlighting

In a Zoom Meeting

  • Having the privilege of hosting or co-hosting a meeting
  • that is hosted through the Zoom desktop application or the Zoom mobile application
  • Application
  • Application, and that has at least three (3) participants with video access
    Note:  In order to highlight multiple videos on a Windows or Mac computer, the desktop client version 5.2.2 must be installed

In a Webinar

  • Having the privilege of hosting or co-hosting a webinar
  • That uses the Zoom desktop client or Zoom mobile application is an honor
  • There must be at least two (2) panelists, at least one should have video capabilities
    Note: If you wish to highlight multiple videos simultaneously, you are required to have the desktop client version 5.2.2 on Windows or macOS

How to spotlight participants

Windows | macOS

  1. Click on the video of the participant you wish to spotlight in the upper-left hand corner of your screen and then click…
  2. Spotlight Everyone on the video.
  3. For each additional participant (up to 9 total) that you would like to put in the spotlight, you can follow steps 1 and 2 again, clicking on Add Spotlight instead of Adding Participants.

To cancel a Spotlight

  1. The spotlight can be removed by clicking the Remove Spotlight link at the top-left corner of the video area.
  2. Performing this request will bring the meeting back to Speaker view.

Spotlight when I speak

You will want to enable this automatic self-spotlight feature for the purpose of ensuring that you will be automatically prompted to speak when you are in the Speaker view and are speaking. If you are recording locally, this feature will be especially useful.

You can enable this setting by following the steps below:

  1. Log on to the desktop client by clicking the button below
  2. to access your profile picture. Next, select Settings from the dropdown menu.
  3. Select the Video tab at the top.
  4. Check the box that says “Select me to be the active speaker when speaking”.

Linux

  1. Click on the video of the participant you wish to highlight in the right-click menu.
  2. Select Spotlight Video from the drop-down menu.

To cancel a Spotlight

  1. On the upper-left portion of the video area, there is a link that reads Cancel the Spotlight Video.

    Using this, the meeting will now be displayed in Speaker view.

iOS

  1. Participants should tap their fingers. On an iPad, this will be at the very top of the screen, while on an iPhone, it will be at the very bottom.
  2. Tap on the name of the participant you’d like to highlight.
  3. Tap Spotlight Video.

To cancel a Spotlight

  1. Participants should tap their fingers to indicate their agreement. On an iPad, you will find this at the top of your screen, and on an iPhone, it will be at the bottom.
  2. Tap the participants’ name.
  3. Tap Cancel Spotlight Video.

Android

  1. Tap  on Participants.
  2. Now you have to choose the name of the participant you want to emphasize.
  3. Tap Spotlight Video.

To cancel a Spotlight

  1. Tap Participants.
  2. Tap the participants’ name.
  3. Tap Cancel Spotlight Video.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

 

What you need to know about spotlighting participants
  1. When you wish to spotlight a particular participant, you must hover over the video of that participant and click on the ‘Highlight’ button at the top of your screen, which will cause the participant to be highlighted
  2. If you want everyone to be in the spotlight, click the spotlight button.
  3. It is possible for you to spotlight additional participants (up to nine total) by following the steps 1 and 2 in the following order, but instead of clicking on Add Spotlight you may click on Add Spotlight if you would like to spotlight additional participants (up to nine total).

To access Gallery View, swipe left from the top of the screen. If you want to pin the video of a participant, simply double-tap on it.
 
As a host or co-host, you will not be able to spotlight someone if you are not the host or co-host of the event, that is unless you are the one hosting the event. The pins do not affect everyone in the meeting‘s view, whereas the spotlights do. This is due to the way the pinnings work. If you are the host and you place a spotlight on someone’s profile, then that spotlight will override any pins a guest has placed on their profile.
 
Participants will only be able to see the active speakers in spotlight videos, as the speakers will act as the primary speakers for all participants, and only these speakers will be able to speak.
 
If you click on the View button in the upper-right corner of the screen, you are given the option of selecting Speaker or Gallery from the top-right corner of the screen. The first and most important thing to keep in mind when you are working with 49 thumbnails on your screen is to make sure that your window size is large enough to accommodate all 49 thumbnails by switching your screen from full screen to full screen mode or by changing the window size to full screen mode.
 
On the Home screen, there is a button called “New Meeting,” which enables you to start a meeting by clicking it or to join an existing meeting by clicking it. As a second step, the speaker view is automatically used by the mobile app. It is possible to switch between the gallery view of the speaker window and the gallery view of the speaker window by swiping the left side of the speaker window. There is, however, a limitation to the number of participants who can view the gallery view.