Differences between Host, Co-Host, Alternative Host, and Participant Roles in Zoom

Roles in Zoom

The following table compares the meeting controls available to the host, co-hosts, alternative hosts, and participants. 


  • Features with an asterisk (*) can be disable by the host.
  • Some features are dependent on certain prerequisites. If you do not see a feature, review the article to see if your account meets those prerequisites.
Feature Host Co-host / alternative

Participating in the meeting

Start the meeting see note  
Mute/unmute themselves*
Start/stop their own video ✔*
View participants list
Share screen ✔*
Allow entry from waiting room  
Request or give remote control
Chat with participants (in-meeting chat)
Save in-meeting chat  
Create or edit polls    
Start polling  
Answer polls    
Assign someone to enter closed captions    
Enter closed captions ✔* ✔*
Use call-out to join audio by phone
End meeting    
Reactions and nonverbal feedback

Managing participants

Mute or unmute participants  
Stop participant's video  
Ask participant to start video  
Spotlight a video  
Promote participant to host or co-host    
Change who attendees can chat with  
Remove attendees  
Put participants on hold  
Rename participants  
Invite others to join
Mute controls for participants (ask to mute, mute all, mute on entry)  
Assign participants to breakout rooms    


Start cloud recording  
Start local recording ✔*
Allow or forbid a participant to start local recording  


  • Alternative hosts can start the meeting by using the meeting ID or meeting link the invitation email. The meeting will not display in the upcoming meetings list in the desktop client or mobile app for alternative hosts.
  • Co-hosts cannot start meetings scheduled by the host. Co-hosts cannot be assigned ahead of time. The host has to promote a participant to co-host. Alternatively, the host can assign a user as an alternative host.

Article Credit:  Roles in a Meeting, Zoom


Article ID: 116078
Fri 9/11/20 4:52 PM
Fri 9/11/20 5:00 PM