Using Zoom Huddles

Zoom Huddles are video-enabled virtual coworking spaces designed to foster inclusive discussions, bringing the fluid interactions of in-person work to distributed, hybrid teams throughout their work day. This article guides users through joining a huddle, how to interact with others in a huddle, and how to create a smaller Conversation within a huddle.

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Prerequisites for using Zoom Huddles

Note: This feature must be enabled by Zoom. Please fill out this form to request early access. 

Limitations of Zoom Huddles

How to use Zoom Huddles

View and join an available Huddle

Once admins have created Zoom Huddles for the account and have assigned you a Zoom Huddles license, you can view and join Huddles on your account.

  1. Sign in to the Zoom desktop client.
  2. Click the Huddles  tab.
    The available Huddles will be listed below.
    The Huddle’s name, image, and current members are listed for each Huddle.
  3. Click the Huddle you wish to join.
    You will join that Huddle, unless you have the Always show video preview dialog when joining a video meeting client setting enabled, in which case you will see your video preview before clicking Join to join the Huddle.

While in a Huddle, you will see video tiles for all other present Huddle participants. Each participant’s tile functions the same as when in a meeting, displaying their initials, profile picture, avatar, or virtual background, but slightly cropped to allow more participant tiles on screen. Conversations, separate smaller groups of participants, are listed to the right of the participants in the main Huddle area.

When someone joins the huddle, an audio notification will be played, letting you know that someone else has joined the Huddle. This audio notification will only sound once a minute, regardless of how many new participants join the Huddle in that minute. 

Available Huddle controls

After joining a Huddle, each participant will have the following controls:

To leave a Huddle or Conversation, click the close window button in the top-right (Windows and Linux) or top-left (macOS) corner of the screen, and then select Leave Huddles.

Create a new Conversation

While in a Huddle, you may want to split off from the main group and have a more private conversation or working session with others in that Huddle. Creating a Conversation allows you and others to remain in that overall Huddle, but have your audio and video isolated to just that Conversation. A Conversation will remain active as long as one participant remains, even if the original creator is gone. When the last participant leaves the Conversation or Huddle entirely, the Conversation and associated invite link will no longer be active.

  1. While in a Huddle, click New Conversation.
    Your Conversation will be created and have the same controls as the main Huddle, except for Team Chat.
  2. (Optional) Click the text above the video tiles area and enter a custom name for this Conversation.
    This name is visible to everyone in this Conversation and overall Huddle.
  3. (Optional) Click Copy Invite Link to share with others to join this Conversation directly.
    Note: All participants for each Conversation are visible by others in the main Huddle area, as well as included in the preview and number of other participants in the overall Huddle when viewed from the Huddles tab.