Zoom: Using a Self-Selected Breakout Room

Task: This article provides information on using the Self-Selected Breakout Room functionality in Zoom.


Zoom implemented the Self-Selected Breakout Room option in late September 2020. This feature allows the host to create breakout rooms with the option for participants to self-select which breakout room they would like to join. If enabled, participants can move freely between breakout rooms, without needing the host’s help. Both the meeting host and participants need to be on Client 5.3.0 or later to self-select Breakout Rooms. 


  1. Select the Breakout Rooms option from the Zoom meeting window ribbon bar. When the pop-up window opens, select Let participants choose room and click on the Create button. 

Zoom breakout room screenshot showing "Let participants choose room" selected


  1. Visit https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115005769646-Participating-in-breakout-rooms to learn how to select the breakout room you wish to join. You will need to expand the Windows | Mac section in the Zoom support article to view the steps.


User will be able to use the Zoom self-select breakout room functionality.

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Follow these instructions to check for and update to the latest version of Zoom.

Need additional help?

Please fill out the Zoom Web Conferencing help form with as much detail as possible, or contact the Technology Help Desk on your local campus.

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