Roles in a meeting

There are multiple roles available for a meeting: host, co-host, alternative hosts, and participants. The role that you have in a meeting is designated by the host.

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

FeatureHostCo-host / alternative

Participating in the meeting

Start the meetingsee notes 
Mute/unmute themselves*
Start/stop their own video✔*
View participants list
Share screen✔*
Request or give remote control
Chat with participants (in-meeting chat)
Save in-meeting chat 
Create or edit polls
(see notes)
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
Reorder video  

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 

Live streaming

Live stream on Facebook(see notes) 
Live stream on Workplace  (see notes) 
Live stream on YouTube  (see notes) 
Custom live stream  (see notes)