How to Make Someone a Co-Host on Zoom in 4 Steps

Have you ever been in a Zoom meeting and wished you could share the hosting responsibilities with someone else? Whether it’s for managing participants or handling the administrative side of the meeting, making someone a co-host can be incredibly helpful. In this post, we’ll guide you through the steps to enable and assign a co-host in your Zoom meetings.

Enabling the Co-Host Feature in Zoom

Before you can assign a co-host, you need to enable the feature. Here’s how:

  1. For Your Account: Log in to the Zoom web portal as an administrator. Go to Account Management > Account Settings. Under the Meeting tab, in the In Meeting (Basic) section, ensure the Co-host setting is enabled.
  2. For a Group: Sign in as an administrator, navigate to User Management > Groups, select the group, and under the Meeting tab, enable the Co-host setting.
  3. For Personal Use: Log into the Zoom web portal, click Settings, and under the Meeting tab, enable the Co-host setting.

Remember, if the option is grayed out, it’s been locked at a higher level, and you’ll need to contact your Zoom administrator.

Assigning a Co-Host During a Meeting

Once the feature is enabled, assigning a co-host is straightforward:

  1. Start your Zoom meeting as the host.
  2. Open the Participants panel.
  3. Hover over the participant’s name you want to make a co-host and click ‘More.’
  4. Select ‘Make Co-Host.’

Now, your chosen participant will have co-host privileges and can help manage the meeting.

Co-Host Limitations

It’s important to note that co-hosts do not have access to all host controls. For instance, they cannot start closed captioning, live streaming, end the meeting for all, or assign another co-host.


Q: Can a co-host start a meeting? A: No, co-hosts cannot start a meeting. If you need someone else to start the meeting, assign them as an alternative host.

Q: How many co-hosts can I have in a meeting? A: There’s no limit to the number of co-hosts you can have in a Zoom meeting or webinar.

Q: What are the prerequisites for enabling and adding a co-host? A: You need Zoom desktop client (version 3.5 or higher) or Zoom mobile app (version 3.5 or higher), and a Pro, Business, Education, or API Partner plan.

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