How to start/join a meeting as a host in Zoom Meeting

This post was most recently updated on September 27th, 2022

I want to start/join a meeting as a host in Zoom Meeting.

Cases where you need to start a meeting as a host

  • To record a meeting
  • When leaving a participant, etc.

To start a meeting as a host:

Then, you need to start / join the meeting while logged in.

If the host joins the meeting by phone dial-in:

You must specify an alternate host to start the meeting or turn on the Join feature in front of the host. You can not dial in as a host to start a meeting unless it is a personal audio conference.

Note: If you were invited to another Zoom user’s meeting, see How to Join a Meeting.

How to start/join a meeting as a waiting room , the screen will change to the following screen. Please wait until the host

Windows, Mac, Linux

  • Log in to the Zoom client and click

Meeting.

  1. If you select the meeting you want to start from [ From now ], additional options will be displayed.
  2. Click Start.

iPhone · Android

  1. In the Zoom mobile app, click Meeting.
    For a recurring meeting, select the meeting you want to start and tap Start.
    For non-recurring meetings, select the meeting you want to start.

If you select a non-periodic meeting, the meeting information is displayed.
Tap Start to start the meeting.

From the web

  1. Log in to My Meeting.
  2. Under Next Meeting, click Start next to the meeting you want to start.
  1. The Zoom client starts automatically and the meeting starts.
  1. Make sure you are logged in to zoom.us/profile in the same browser.
  2. Start the meeting by clicking the  URL link in the email or calendar invitation.
  3. The Zoom client starts automatically and the meeting starts.

 

H.323 / SIP

To start a meeting from an H.323 or SIP device as a host, you must include the host key in the dial string.

The host key logs in to my profile, and when you click [View] next to the host key, the host key is displayed.

H.323
Call out from the device using one of the following dial strings:

Meeting without password:

[IP address] ## [meeting ID] # # # [host key] Example: 192.168.1.25 ## 123456789 # ## 123456

Passwordd Meetings: 

[IP address] ## [meeting ID] # [password] # [layout] # [host key] Example: 192.168.1.25 # 123456789 # 12345 # 11 # 123456

SIP


Calls out of the device using one of the following dial strings:

Meeting without password:

[Meeting ID] … [Host Key] @ [IP Address] Example:  123456789 … 123456 @ 192.168.1.25

Passwordd Meetings: 

[Meeting ID]. [Password] .. [Host Key] @ [IP Address] Example:  123456789.12345..123456 @ 192.168.1.25

Note: Dialing strings have additional optional formats, including the ability to participate in specific video layouts.


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Frequently Asked Questions

 

The best way to start your first meeting as a host
  1. The Zoom web portal can be accessed by signing in with your Zoom account.
  2. To start a meeting, click the Meetings button.
  3. You can start a meeting by clicking on the Start button next to the meeting that you want to start.
  4. It should launch automatically the Zoom client in order for the meeting to begin.
If you are scheduling a meeting as the host, then you can enable the Join Before Host setting in the Schedule a Meeting settings before you set up the meeting. This setting will be available when you are scheduling a meeting as the host. With this option enabled, the participants will be able to join the meeting before the host joins the meeting, or they will be able to join the meeting before the host starts the meeting, or they will be able to attend the meeting before the host joins the meeting as a result of selecting the option to join before the host.
 
When you receive a message telling you to wait until the host starts the meeting, this means that the host is not yet ready to start the meeting, so you are being told to be patient as you receive the message. A webinar may not yet have been started by either the host, or the webinar may be in practice mode awaiting broadcasting, which means that the host has not yet started the webinar. Webinars may not yet have been started by the host or they may still be in practice mode.
 
Visit the Zoom website and enter the meeting ID at https://zoom.us/join in order to join the meeting. You will need to use a join URL within your browser to join any additional meetings or webinars, or enter the meeting or webinar ID manually on the Zoom client on https://zoom.us/join page if you wish to join an additional meeting or webinar. Once you enter this URL into your Zoom client, the meeting or webinar will be launched automatically.
 
Could you please tell me why Zoom says I am in another meeting even though I am not? It usually happens when the person hosting the meeting is preoccupied with various meetings that are happening at the same time but does not have the proper settings set up to enable them to function simultaneously.

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