Zoom Meetings and Webinars comparison by platform

See the table below for a comparison of features between the Zoom desktop clients, mobile apps, web client, and Zoom Web App

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For other supported features by platform, see the feature comparison articles for Zoom Team Chat or Zoom Phone.

Note: The Zoom desktop client, mobile app, and web client have different features than the Zoom web portal. The Zoom web portal is primarily used for changing your profilemeeting settings and Zoom Phone settings. You can also use the web portal to schedule, view, and edit meetings.

This article covers:

Prerequisites for desktop client, mobile app, web client, and Zoom Web App comparison



Chrome OSWeb clientZoom Web App

Start or join meeting

Join a meeting without signing in
Join a meeting in progress✓ 
Sign in using Zoom account, Google, Facebook, or SSO ✓
Start an instant meeting.
Schedule one-time or recurring meeting  
Share your screen in a Zoom Room by entering in the sharing key or meeting ID.   
Display upcoming meetings  
Display synced calendar events (if you added a third-party calendar service)   
View, edit, start, or delete your scheduled meetings   
Participants are pre-assigned to breakout rooms (if set up by the host) 
Transfer meetings between devices   

In-meeting controls (participants and hosts)

Join computer audio  ✓
Mute/unmute mic ✓
Start/stop video ✓
Invite others to join meeting ✓
Change your screen name for the meeting ✓
Non-verbal feedback
Share screen
In-meeting chat
Save in-meeting chat    
Start cloud recording
Start local recording     
Request remote control


Give remote control    

Gallery View and Active Speaker View

Stop all incoming video 
Participant in breakout rooms ✓
Self-select breakout room

Answer polls
Language interpretation  

Live transcription 
Reclaim host
Zoom Apps     
Active Apps Notifier  

In-meeting controls (hosts and co-hosts)

Create, edit, and launch standard polls   
Create, edit, and launch advanced polls and quizzes  
Start and manage breakout rooms (host only) 
View pre-assigned participants in breakout rooms (if set up in web portal)  
Live stream meeting
(Youtube only)
Focus mode 
Immersive view     
Report a participant for inappropriate behavior 

In-meeting security controls (hosts and co-hosts)

Lock meeting (don't allow other participants to join the meeting in progress)✓ 
Place the attendee in a virtual waiting room ✓ 
Control if participants can share screen  ✓
Control if participants can use in-meeting chat ✓
Control if participants can unmute or rename themselves ✓

Webinar controls (hosts)

Launch question and answer session
Launch polls
Live stream webinar
(Youtube only)

Manage participants (hosts)

Stop a participant's video ✓
Assign a participant to be the host ✓
Assign a participant to be a co-host
Allow a participant to start or stop a recording✓   
Assign a participant to type closed caption
Change a participant's name that is displayed to other participants
Remove participant from meeting
Mute all participants/ask all to unmute
Automatically mute participants as they join the meeting
Play chime when participants join and leave 
Don't allow other participants to join the meeting in progress
Control who participants can chat with ✓
Put a participant on hold
Check invited participants attendance status   

Share screen controls

Share whiteboard    
Share device audio 


Annotate on shared screen or whiteboard    
Pause your current shared screen  
Show or hide names of annotators   
Stop a participant's screen share (host and co-host only) 
Share screen to breakout rooms (host and co-host only)  
Control if multiple participants can share screen simultaneously   ✓
Side-by-side mode  


Add a personal note   
Change profile photo or screen name
Note: On the desktop client, you will be redirected to the web portal to change your screen name
Manually change your status    


Automatically join meeting by computer or device audio ✓
Automatically mute when joining meeting ✓
Automatically call phone number to join meeting     
Insert a link preview whenever a chat message contains a link    
Display meeting reminders   
Display connected meeting time    
Display closed captions (if available) 
Automatically disable your video when joining a meeting✓   
Touch up appearance
(iOS only)
Virtual Background 
Video filters    

Note (A): Joining computer audio on Safari is only available for webinar attendees.

Note (B):

Note (C): If you joined a meeting on an iOS or Android device, you can't request remote control or give remote control. The participant who is screen sharing with the Zoom desktop client must give you remote control.

Note (D): Requesting remote control of content shared from the desktop client or mobile app is currently supported, but you cannot request remote control of content shared from another web client. 

Note (E): Self-selection on the Zoom mobile app and ChromeOS is available for meeting participants, but not for the host launching breakout rooms. Self-selection of breakout rooms has to be enabled and launched from the desktop client.

Note (F): If you joined a meeting with the web client or Zoom Web App, you can only listen to language interpretation, you cannot be an interpreter.