How to Raise Your Hand in a Zoom Meeting

Everyone seems to know about Zoom because it is easy to use and free for anyone to host virtual meetings, digital clubs, family reunions and even weddings.

However, there are certain functions in the file video conferencing software that not everyone knows, such as zoom rooms or custom zoom backgrounds.

One of the most common features that can be confusing for a first time Zoom user is the small digital hand. This hand allows you to interact with the meeting host to let them know that you want to share a concern or contribute to the topic.

If you don’t know where to find your Zoom hand, you may find yourself raising your physical hand every time and the host may not notice you, especially in a large meeting.

We’ll walk you through everything you need to know about raising your hand in a Zoom meeting on your computer or mobile device.

How to Raise Your Hand in a Zoom Meeting

If you are attending a Zoom meeting from your Windows or Mac computer, use the following instructions to raise your hand and request the opportunity to speak.

Zoom in on your Windows PC or Mac

  1. To get started, get started Zoom using the app or browser and select Join a meeting as a participant.

Note: You cannot access the Raise Hand option if you are the meeting host.

  1. Select Participants from the meeting controls at the bottom of the screen.
  1. Select Raise your hand of the various options that appear in the Participants panel.

Note: There are keyboard shortcuts that you can use on your Windows PC or Mac to raise your hand with Zoom. On your Windows PC, press Alt + Y and change the file Raise your hand option a Turned on or Off. You will see the small blue hand icon next to your name when the option is activated.

Note: if it is using a Chromebook, see our guide how to use Zoom on Chromebook.

Zoom in to Android or iPhone

If you use Zoom from your Android or iPhone smartphone, you can raise your hand using the Zoom app for mobile devices.

  1. To do this, open the Zoom app on your phone and select Join a meeting (as a participant) and tap Month of the meeting controls at the bottom right of the screen.
  1. Faucet Raise your hand from the pop-up menu and the meeting host will be notified that you have raised your hand.

Note: When the digital hand is raised, you will see a small blue hand icon on the screen and the host will also see the hand next to your name. Zoom lists the participants in the order in which they raised their hands.

How to Raise Your Hand on Zoom Dial Calls

If you want to join a Zoom meeting by dialing with a phone number, the steps you need to take to raise your hand are slightly different.

Once you join the meeting, mark * 9 on the phone keypad to raise your hand and do the same to lower your hand.

What to do when you can’t see the Zoom In option

If the Raise Hand option is not available in the Zoom meeting, the meeting host may have turned off nonverbal feedback or you may be in full screen mode.

In full screen mode, the bottom toolbar is minimized, but you can reveal it to your computer or mobile device by moving your mouse over the screen or touching the screen. When the toolbar appears, select or tap Participants and the Raise Hand option will appear.

If the meeting host has turned off nonverbal feedback, you won’t see the Raise Hand option. In this case, you can always ask the host to turn on nonverbal feedback to turn on the Raise Hand feature.

If you are the host of the meeting and you need to enable the Raise Hand feature for meeting participants, you can do so in the Participants panel.

  1. To do this, sign in to Zoom in the browser and select My account.
  1. Under the Personal tab, select Configuration.
  1. Find the Meeting and scroll down to the tab Non-verbal feedback option.
  1. Switches the switch turned on to enable nonverbal comments for meeting participants.

How to lower your hand in a meeting Zoom

You may have raised your hand or accidentally raised it and may not know how to lower it. Whatever the case, this is how you can lower your hand in a Zoom meeting.

  1. On your Windows or Mac PC, select Participants and select Lower hand.
  1. You can also lower your hand to your Android phone or iPhone by tapping Month and select Lower hand.
  1. To lower your hand using a keyboard shortcut, press Alt + Y on your Windows or Mac PC, then turn the Lower Hand option on Off.

Note: If you are the host of the meeting, you can lower the hand of a select participant Participants in the meeting controls and hover your cursor over the participant’s name and select Lower Master. On your Android or iPhone, tap the button Participants tab, tap the user name and select Lower hand from the pop-up menu.

Meeting hosts can also see all participants who raised their hands in the Zoom meeting by selecting the freehand icon on the screen or looking for the freehand icon next to the participants in the Participants menu.

It captures the attention of the meeting host

The hand-raising function is an easy and quick way to capture the host’s attention in a Zoom meeting, compared to raising your physical hand or turning off the microphone sound to ask for voice. We hope you’ve been able to find the feature on your device and can now use it to your advantage.

See more of our zoom guides, including 7 zoom tests to perform before your next meeting, or what to do when the Zoom microphone does not work to help you navigate the app.

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