How To Create Breakout Sessions In Zoom

Breakout rooms offer an excellent opportunity for promoting group engagement and teamwork in online meetings. In this article, we will walk you through how to set up breakout rooms in Zoom.

Step 1: Start a Meeting

To create breakout sessions in Zoom, first start a meeting by opening the Zoom app or logging into the Zoom website. Once you are logged in, click on “Host a Meeting” to initiate a new meeting.

Step 2: Invite Participants

Invite your participants to join the meeting by sharing the meeting link or sending out invitations through email. You can also set up a waiting room to control who enters the meeting and ensure that only authorized attendees are allowed in.

Step 3: Create Breakout Rooms

Once your participants have joined the meeting, click on the “Breakout Rooms” button located in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. This will open a pop-up window where you can configure the breakout rooms.

  • Assign a name to each breakout room
  • Choose the number of breakout rooms you want to create
  • Select the participants who will be assigned to each breakout room
  • Decide whether you want to manually assign participants or let Zoom automatically assign them
  • Set a time limit for the breakout session, if desired

Step 4: Start Breakout Sessions

After configuring the breakout rooms, click on the “Create Rooms” button to start the breakout sessions. Participants will be automatically assigned to their respective breakout rooms and can begin collaborating with each other.

Step 5: Monitor Breakout Sessions

As the host, you can monitor the progress of the breakout sessions by clicking on the “Breakout Rooms” button again. This will display a list of all the breakout rooms and allow you to join any room to observe or assist participants.

Step 6: End Breakout Sessions

When the time limit for the breakout sessions has expired, or if you want to end them manually, click on the “End Breakout Rooms” button. This will bring all participants back to the main meeting room.


Creating breakout sessions in Zoom is a simple and effective way to facilitate group discussions and collaboration during virtual meetings. By following these steps, you can easily set up and manage breakout sessions to enhance the productivity of your online gatherings.