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How to make Zoom meeting start without a host

Making a meeting without a host means that the participants would be able to join the meeting even if the host joins later or when the host isn’t able to be present at the meeting. You can even choose the time when the participant would be allowed to join the meeting. It can be 5,10 or 15 minutes before the beginning of the meeting.

If you don’t select join before host, there will be a pop-up dialogue, that will be displayed to the participants, that says “The meeting is waiting for the host to join.” If you’re the host, there is a login button that you need to press to begin the meeting as the host.

How to allow the participants to join before the host

Via Account Settings

If you want to allow the participants to join before the host via Account Settings, you should follow the prompts which are mentioned below:

  1. First of all, you should sign in to the Zoom web portal as an administrator with the benefit to edit account settings.
  2. After that, you should head to the navigation menu. There, you should find and tap on Account Management and go to Account Settings.
  3. Then, you should make sure that the” In the Meeting tab, verify that Allow participants to join before host option is switched on. To find it, you should head to the Meeting tab. In case, the option is switched off, you should tap on the button to turn in on. If a verification dialog displays, you should click on Turn On to confirm the change.
  4. If you want to set time limits to this option, you should check the Participants can join
    () minutes before start time option. 

Via Group

Keep in mind, the app was updated on August 21, 2021, or if you have the New Admin Experience option enabled, the option Group Management page is already named as Groups.

If you want to allow the participants to join before the host via Group, you should follow the instructions which are mentioned in the section below:

  1. First of all, you should sign in to the Zoom web portal as an administrator with the opportunity to edit user groups.
  2. After that, you should head to User Management and then you should click on Group Management.
  3. Then you should tap on the group’s name, and after that, you should tap on the Settings tab.
  4. Next, you should make sure that the Join before host option is activated. To do that, you should you should open the Meeting tab.
  5. In case, the option is switched off, you should tap on the button to turn in on. If a verification dialog displays, you should click on Turn On to confirm the change.
  6. You should keep in mind, that if the option is grayed out, it means that it has been limited at the Account level, and you should change it at the account level.
  7. If you want to set time limits to this option, you should check the Participants can join
    () minutes before start time option. 

Via User

If you want to allow the participants to join before the host via User, you should follow the instructions which are mentioned in the section below:

  1. First of all, you should sign in to the Zoom web portal.
  2. After that, you should tap on Settings which you can find in the navigation menu.
  3. Then, you should make sure that the Join before host option is switched on. To do that, you should go to the Meeting tab.
  4. In case, the option is switched off, you should tap on the button to turn in on. If a verification dialog displays, you should click on Turn On to confirm the change.
  5. Keep in mind that sometimes the option may be grayed out, it means that it has been limited at either the Group or Account level, and in order to solve this, you will need to contact your Zoom administrator.

How to allow participants to join the meeting before the host on Windows | macOS

  1. First of all, you should sign in to the Zoom desktop client.
  2. After that, you should get the scheduler window, where all the meetings settings are kept, opened. To access it, you should tap on Schedule.
  3. Then, you should select Advanced Options.
  4. Next, you should look through the Allow participants to join anytime option. There, you can select the time. It can be: 5 minutes10 minutes15 minutes, or Anytime. 
  5. To end the process, you should tap on Schedule.

That’s all that you need to know about the meeting without the host. The process is straightforward enough and doesn’t require special efforts.

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