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How to Turn Off or Disable Waiting Room in Zoom

Disable Waiting Room

Since the start of the pandemic, Zoom has also been the most used video conferencing tool, by far. The platform basically endured a lot of scrutiny after the infamous Zoombombing incidents. That actually saw a lot of ardent Zoom followers leave the service and then join one of the other “secure” alternatives. In this article, we are going to talk about How to Turn Off or Disable Waiting Room in Zoom. Let’s begin!

Along with that thought in mind, Zoom went to work and came out along with the concept of Waiting Rooms. Following its introduction, Zoom has also now bounced back stronger than ever. Just highlighting time and again how important privacy is actually to them. In a recent update, Zoom has also made Waiting Room an even integral part of the platform, which, for many users, may also not be a welcome change. Today, we’ll talk about the aforementioned update and then tell you how you can turn it off for good.

How to Turn Off or Disable Waiting Room in Zoom

A Waiting Room is basically a virtual lounge on Zoom that’s meant to keep unwanted participants as well as intruders at bay. After a meeting is commenced and participants are also invited, the host gets the option to only ‘Admit’ the members he deems important. The host allows to take his pick from the participants in the waiting room as well as discard the rest. He can also even restrict re-entry, which greatly discourages malicious users too.

What is the gist of the update?

As mentioned, Zoom is now taking the matter of privacy really seriously and isn’t afraid of putting its foot down to get the job done. This recent update notifies that it’s now mandatory for most meetings to either have a Passcode as well as a Waiting Room enabled. Failure to meet either criterion would actually result in meeting failure.

Who must have a waiting room or passcode?

Zoom has now also turned the setting on for all paid users. So, if you guys have a paid account — single-license Pro account, multiple-license Pro account, Business license with 10-100 users. Then you guys will have to set either a Passcode or Waiting Room before even starting a meeting. Free (basic) users, on the other hand, have not been specifically mentioned in the release notes actually. However, they have also slap along with mandatory Passcodes for all meetings.

How to turn off Waiting Room in Zoom

We’ve discussed how crucial it is for Zoom in order to improve its track record in privacy and security as well. And the US-based firm actually believes that enforcing either the Waiting Room as well as Passcode would take it closer to its goal. But, if you guys are still not fond of the virtual space, there’s a really easy way in order to turn it off for good.

Thankfully, the developers have not chosen to enforce both options, since that would’ve made the task impossible here. So, in order to disable Waiting Room, all you guys have to do is keep the option of Passcode enabled at all times. That, automatically, would allow you in order to disable the Waiting Room.

  • So, in order to disable the Waiting Room, first, just head to Zoom’s official portal and log in with your account’s credentials. When you do with that, then head to ‘My Account.’
  • Then, head to ‘Settings’ and. finally, disable the toggle right next to ‘Waiting Room.’
  • The Passcode option must also enable this to work as well.

Free (Basic) users

Zoom Free users don’t really have the luxury of picking one or the other. The Passcode is enabled via default and there’s actually no way for you to change that. But, that also grants you the option to disable Waiting Room whenever you want. Simply head to ‘Settings’ after logging in to Zoom’s portal. And then click on the toggle next to ‘Waiting Room’ in order to disable it.


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