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



Web 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.