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New and Updated Zoom Features and Enhancements

Update Your Zoom Client to Insure Access to New Features

New features often require updates to your Zoom client before you will have them. Please visit the Zoom Download Center to upgrade to the newest version of Zoom client. 

Alternatively, you may "Check for Updates" in the Zoom client. See the screenshot below.

Screenshot of zoom client open and checking for updates


Zoom Client Update - July 19, 2021

Focus mode - Windows, macOS
In focus mode, only the host can see participants’ videos or profile pictures when video is off. Additionally, participant’s screen sharing can only be viewed by the host, who can switch between multiple shared screens and optionally allow participants to view others’ shared screens. Focus Mode is activated from the “More” menu on the toolbar. The account owner and admins can enable Focus mode for use in meetings through web settings.

In-meeting chat emoji support - Windows, macOS
Participants can select and use emojis directly in the in-meeting chat panel.

Video playback directly in Zoom chat - Windows, macOS, Android, iOS
Users can send and receive video files in Zoom Chat, then download and play the video directly in the Zoom client. Video files are limited to MP4, M4V, and MOV types, and limited to 30MB. If larger than this or not in a supported format, the video will transfer through normal file transfer. Sending videos on the mobile app will transcode the video file into an MP4 (H.264 codec with ACC stereo audio) with 720p resolution maximum.

Zoom Client Update - June 21, 2021

Share screen to all Breakout Rooms - Windows, macOS, Linux
When sharing screen in the main session, the host or co-host can share their screen to all active Breakout Rooms. Any active sharing in the breakout sessions are interrupted and any annotation or whiteboarding prompts the sharer to save them before viewing the shared screen from the host. Host and participants must be on version 5.7.0 or higher to utilize and see this feature.

Request Live Transcription enablement as participant - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
Meeting participants and webinar attendees can request the host enable Live Transcription, avoiding interrupting the host to request this verbally or through chat. This can be also requested anonymously.

Ask to confirm leaving a meeting support for mobile - Android, iOS
The mobile app includes the Ask to confirm when leaving a meeting option. This functions the same as it does on the desktop client.

Zoom Client Update - May 24, 2021

Mobile support for Blurred background - Android, iOS
Mobile users can now choose to blur their background rather than selecting a specific virtual background, providing added privacy when a branded background is unavailable or unnecessary.

Gallery view enhancements - iOS (iPad only)
When viewing participants in Gallery view, an active speaker is relocated to the current page you are viewing, making it easier to recognize who is speaking without having to flip through pages to find the speaker. This is not supported when utilizing a custom gallery view order. Newer model iPads also now support up to 48 video participants per page, as well as pinch-to-zoom.

Improved low-light adjustment for backlit environments - Windows, macOS
Participants with a backlit environment are brightened while the lighting behind them is unaffected.

Enhanced 3D transformation of video filters - Windows, macOS
Improvements to video filter rendering, providing better 3D effects and transformations when applied to face.

Enhanced data privacy notices for archived meetings - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
When joining a meeting that is being archived or archiving begins, participants are notified regarding who can see, save, and share the information before they provide it.

Zoom Client Update - April 26, 2021

Immersive View - Windows, macOS
Recreate the feel of your class or conference room by placing video participants onto a single virtual background. Participants are automatically placed onto provided scenes, but the host can upload their own custom background and adjust the arrangements as needed. This requires client version 5.6.3 or higher and works best when using Virtual Background, but not required. More information on Zoom's Immersive View Help page.

Zoom Client Update - April 19, 2021

New annotation tool: Vanishing Pen - Windows, macOS, Linux
In addition to the arrow and spotlight tools, Vanishing Pen will allow the annotator to mark on the shared screen to highlight certain information, but the markings will fade away within a couple of seconds. This provides easier highlighting of information without having to undo or erase annotations.

Full emoji suite for Reactions - Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
Any emoji available for Zoom chat can be used as a reaction in a meeting. The host can also restrict reactions to the standard set, or allow use of the full emoji suite. This feature requires client version 5.2.0 or higher.

Auto-shapes for whiteboard annotation - Android, iOS
Easily create straight lines, rectangles, and ovals when annotating on the Zoom mobile apps (only on tablets).

Zoom Scheduler for Safari - April 18, 2021

Zoom Scheduler extension for the Safari web browser

Reintroducing the Zoom Scheduler extension for Safari: The Zoom Scheduler extension for the Safari web browser provides all the same ease of use and features currently available with our existing scheduler extensions for Chrome and Firefox when scheduling Zoom meetings in Google Calendar.

Zoom Client Update - March 1, 2021

Enhanced custom gallery view with hidden non-video participants

Custom gallery view order can be utilized even when non-video participants are hidden. When a non-video participant turns on their video, their video will be added to the bottom-right corner of the last page of gallery view.

Clearer designation of shared content

When sharing begins, a notification is provided over the shared content, clearly showing what you are sharing and when participants are able to see the content. Requires at least 80% of participants to be on version 5.5.4 or higher for the host to be notified that the shared content is visible to participants.


Zoom Client Update - February 1, 2021

Enhancement to alternative host feature

If the original host joins after the alternative host, the original host will always regain control of the meeting and become host. In addition, the alternative host will change roles. If the co-host feature is enabled for the meeting, the alternative host will become a co-host. If the co-host feature is disabled, the alternative host becomes a normal participant.

Persistent non-verbal feedback

Non-verbal feedback, which is now included in meeting reactions, will return to the previous behavior, in which they are persistent until the attendee or host removes them. This includes the Yes, No, Slower, and Faster options.

Rotate camera

Users on the desktop client for macOS can now rotate their camera video feed 90°. This can be done multiple times to completely flip the video, allowing for inverted cameras configurations.

Share and play video files directly into meeting

The Video option under Advanced share options will allow you to choose a video file, which will be opened by Zoom and played in the meeting as shared content. Host has typical video player controls (pause/ play, volume control, full screen, video length/elapsed time), which are not seen by other participants during share. MP4 and MOV files are supported, and the max video resolution is 1080p.

Blurred background

Users can now choose to blur their background rather than selecting a specific virtual background, providing added privacy when a branded background is unavailable or unnecessary.

Share mono or stereo sound

When sharing content and wanting to share computer sound as well, users can select between mono or stereo audio. Only the user sharing their audio will need to be utilizing this client version or higher.

Support for filters on iOS

Zoom mobile app users on iOS can now use video filters, adding fun elements to your meetings and helping break the monotony of meetings.


Zoom Client Update - January 11, 2021


Host can admit participants from the Waiting Room while within a Breakout Room

Host is notified of participants in the Waiting Room, even while currently in a Breakout Room. The host can admit each participant one at a time, or all at once. If pre-assignments for breakout rooms are active, participants will be asked to join their pre-assigned breakout rooms. Otherwise, the host can assign participants directly to the breakout room of their choosing.


Zoom Client Update - December 21, 2020

Enhanced nonverbal feedback and reactions

Nonverbal feedback options are moved to the Reactions button, and all reactions will be shown in the corner of the participants’ video. The host will see each participant’s reactions in the participant list, as well as the aggregate numbers of each reaction at the bottom of the list.

Raise hand for host and co-host

Hosts and co-hosts can utilize the raise hand feature along with meeting participants and webinar attendees.

Poll reports available during live session

The meeting or webinar host will now have the option to download the full poll results when the poll has ended during the live session, rather than waiting until the meeting or webinar has ended. This will launch their browser and begin the download of the CSV poll report.


Zoom Client Update - December 7, 2020

Enhanced co-host privileges over Breakout Rooms

Co-hosts have the same breakout room controls as the meeting host, such as starting or ending breakout rooms, assigning participants, etc.

Move participants to main session from breakout room

Hosts and co-hosts have the option to assign a participant back to the main session, rather than ending all breakout sessions.


Zoom Web Update - October 30, 2020

Improved Host controls and UX improvements

In-meeting host controls have been improved and consolidated to its own menu. New options have also been added, including ending the meeting for all participants, locking/unlocking the meeting, and muting participants upon entry. This includes options for viewing participant lists for in-meeting and waiting room participants.

UI improvements for Gallery View

Gallery view will now highlight and move the currently speaking participant to the beginning of the first page of the Gallery view.


Zoom Web Update - October 18, 2020

Configure when Join Before Host is available

Users can now configure a time frame when someone can join their meeting with Join Before Host, 0-15 minutes before the scheduled start time.


Zoom Web Update - September 27, 2020

Passcode and Waiting Room requirements

Zoom will now require that all meetings have a Passcode or a Waiting Room enabled. 

To learn more, visit Zoom's FAQ page on Meetings Waiting Room and Passcode Requirements.


Zoom Client Update 5.3.0 - September 21, 2020

Self-select Breakout Room

The host can now 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 Zoom Client 5.3.0 or later to self-select Breakout Rooms. To learn more, visit Zoom's help page on Managing Breakout Rooms.


Zoom Client Update 5.2.2 - September 1, 2020

Multi-pin and Multi-spotlight

With Zoom's recent updates, if the host permits, meeting participants can now pin up to 9 participants. Additionally, the host can spotlight up to 9 participants for everyone in the meeting.
This feature requires Zoom Client 5.2.2 released on September 1, 2020 or later. To learn more, visit Zoom's help pages on Pinning Participants' Videos and Spotlighting Participants' Videos.

Custom Gallery View Organization

Hosts and co-hosts can now re-order the gallery view to suit their needs, and choose whether to deploy this view to participants, or allow participants to create their own custom views. Simply click and drag videos to the position you want them in gallery view, and this layout will remain in place until released.
This feature requires Zoom Client 5.2.2 released on September 1, 2020 or later. To learn more, visit Zoom's help page on Changing the Video Layout.

Scheduled Maintenance

No planned maintenance at this moment