How to Use your host key in Zoom

Using your host key

There are six digits that make up the host key, which allows the host to claim control of the meeting. In your profile, you can see your host key and edit it there. When you schedule meetings, attendees will be given this host key.

It is necessary to use the host key in these scenarios in order to claim the host:

  • I noticed that the meeting had started via PSTN and not via personal audio conference (PAC).
  • I joined a conference call meeting after joining one over the phone.
  • When you start a meeting from a SIP/H.323 device or use hosts during a meeting, you will have a variety of options available to you.
  • Using the Zoom client you can join a meeting before the host is enabled and after the host is enabled you can join the meeting.
  • You can join a meeting this way after manually joining a scheduled meeting in a Zoom Room. Or to put it another way, you can join the Zoom room by entering the personal meeting link or meeting ID in the Zoom room controller.
  • Keeping in mind that you should join the Zoom room as soon as you have opened the meeting list. There may be more than one Zoom Room joining a meeting, but the host of a meeting is the first to join. The host key can be used to claim the meeting as your own.
Note :

  • The advanced security settings can be changed by an admin so that users will not be able to change their host key.
  • Participant who has claimed the hostship privileges for another participant’s meeting (or the panelistship of a webinar) will be offered the opportunity to reclaim the hostship privileges, or allow the current host to retain the hostship privileges, if the original host has joined while signed in to their account. When the host regains control of the session, then the previous host is demoted to a participant. When the host feels they need to return to hosting or co-hosting, he or she can promote them back. Versions 5.8.3 or higher are required to be eligible to claim host or remain a participant/panelist. 
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  • There are four types of accounts: Pro, Business, Enterprise, and Education

The host key must be used in order to claim the host

  • There is a desktop client for Zoom available for Windows
    • that requires version 5.0.0 or higher
    • higher
    • higher. For Mac: version 5.0.0 or higher
    • Linux: version 5.0.0 or higher
  • Download Zoom for Mobile
    • for Android: version 5.0.0 or higher
    • for iOS: version 5.0.0 or higher

How to customize your host key

You have the option to enter or edit the six-digit host key according to your preference. Whenever you schedule a meeting, the host key is used.

  1. Enter your Zoom user name and password and sign in to your Zoom account.
  2. Then click on the profile tab to navigate to your profile.
  3. In the Meeting section, look for the button to start a meeting.
  4. By clicking on the eye icon next to your Host Key, you will be able to view the six-digit pin you currently have.
  5. To edit the pin, simply click Edit.
  6. After entering the new host key, you will be prompted to save it.

How to claim host

Using this guide, you can claim the host role if you need to claim it when you join a meeting or if the host role is not enabled when you join the meeting.

Windows | macOS | Linux

  1. Join one of our meetings.
  2. From the meeting controls, click on Participants.
  3. From the list of participants, click on Claim Host to claim your role as host.
  4. Please enter your key here.
  5. Click the claim host button.
    You will be able to control the meeting once you have verified the host key.
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Android | iOS

  1. Take part in a meeting.
  2. Click on the More button in the meeting controls.
  3. Then, tap the Claim Host Role button .
  4. You will be prompted to enter your host key.
  5. Click on Claim.
    Upon confirming that the key belongs to the meeting host, the meeting host will allow you to control the meeting.


The host key can be added to your dial string by adding a H.323 or SIP device as an H.323 or SIP device. You will need to enter the host key when accessing the in-meeting host menu if the Join before host option is enabled for the meeting.

Despite the fact that a participant can join via the host key or via pairing, they will still be displayed to the rest of the group as “Guest”. This means that any participants joining a Zoom meeting through a different Zoom client will receive the message “Host is not in the meeting yet”, even if the device has joined as a host.

If you want to join as the host, then please use one of these dial strings:


The following is a list of meetings that do not require a password:

The IP address and meeting ID is ###[Host Key]##[IP Address]##
An example of this would be

The following is a list of password-protected meetings: 

      This is your IP address in the format of ##[Meeting ID]##[Password]##[Layout]##[Host Key] For instance:


Meetings without a password:

[Meeting ID]…[HostKey]@[IP Address] Example: 123456789…

Meetings with a password:

[Meeting ID].[Password]..[HostKey]@[IP Address] Example:


Conferencing by audio on a personal basis

A PAC meeting can be started by the host of the meeting (or another participating member for whom the host key is known) by simply entering the 6-digit host key that is required. In order to participate in a PAC meeting, it is necessary to enter the meeting host key. The meeting can then begin and other participants will be able to participate. A control pad will be provided to the host so that he or she can use it as the host for the meeting.