Starting breakout sessions on Webex Meetings desktop and mobile app

Hosts and cohosts can also create the breakout sessions and preassign participants when they schedule a meeting, as well as allowing participants to join any session.

Breakout sessions are available on WBS40.9 and later sites. WBS41.9 and Room OS 10 are required on devices in order to use breakout sessions. To find out which version of Meetings you're using, see Find your Webex Meetings version number.

Find out what you can do in breakout sessions, depending on your role in a meeting.

1

From the Breakout menu, click Enable Breakout Sessions to enable the breakout session feature.

You can also enable the breakout session feature when you schedule a meeting.

When the breakout session feature is enabled, the Breakout sessions button appears in the meeting controls.

2

In your meeting, select Breakout Sessions.


 

Only one host or cohost can have the Breakout session assignment dialog box open at a time.

You can also enable the breakout session feature when you schedule a meeting.

3

Select the number of breakout sessions you want to create and how you want to assign your participants:

  • Assign automatically—Let us split your participants up evenly into each of the breakout sessions.
  • Assign manually—You assign participants to each breakout session.
  • Let participants choose any session—Participants can join any session.
4

Click Create Assignments.

The breakout sessions are created. By default, breakout sessions are named Breakout session 1, Breakout session 2, and so on. You can rename the breakout sessions later.

If you chose Automatically in Step 3, the participants are assigned. If you chose Manually in Step 3, assign participants to breakout sessions.


 

If you want to change the number of breakout sessions or how the participants were assigned, click Reset and repeat Steps 3 and 4. The new breakout sessions replace all existing sessions.

5

Change breakout session settings.

6

When you're ready to start all breakout sessions, click Start Breakout Sessions.

What to do next

If the breakout sessions aren't set to end automatically after a specified number of minutes, you can end all breakout sessions when you're finished using them.

1

Tap More Options More options > Breakout Session.


 

If the Breakout Session button is unavailable, someone else is editing the breakout sessions. Ask the host or cohost if they're making changes.

2

Select the number of breakout sessions that you want to create and how you would like to assign your participants:

  • Automatically Assign—Let us split your participants up evenly into each of the breakout sessions.
  • Let Participants Choose Any Sessions—Participants can join any session.
3

Tap Create Assignments.

By default, breakout sessions are named Breakout session 1, Breakout session 2, and so on. You can rename the breakout sessions later.

If you chose Automatically Assign in Step 2, the participants are assigned. If you chose Let Participants Choose Any Sessions in Step 2, assign participants to breakout sessions.


 

If you want to change the number of breakout sessions or how the participants were assigned, tap Reset Reset and repeat Steps 2 and 3. The new breakout sessions will replace all existing sessions.

4

Change breakout session settings.

5

When you're ready to start all breakout sessions, tap Start Breakout Sessions.

What to do next

If the breakout sessions aren't set to end automatically after a specified number of minutes, you can end all breakout sessions when you're finished using them.

1

Tap More Options More options > Breakout Session.


 

If the Breakout Session button is unavailable, someone else is editing the breakout sessions. Ask the host or cohost if they're making changes.

2

Select the number of breakout sessions that you want to create and how you would like to assign your participants:

  • Automatically—Let us split your participants up evenly into each of the breakout sessions.
  • Manually—You assign participants to each breakout session.
3

Tap Create Assignments.

By default, breakout sessions are named Breakout session 1, Breakout session 2, and so on. You can rename the breakout sessions later.

If you chose Automatically in Step 2, the participants are assigned. If you chose Manually in Step 2, assign participants to breakout sessions.


 

If you want to change the number of breakout sessions or how the participants were assigned, tap Reset Reset and repeat Steps 2 and 3. The new breakout sessions will replace all existing sessions.

4

Change breakout session settings.

5

When you're ready to start all breakout sessions, tap Start Breakout Sessions.

What to do next

If the breakout sessions aren't set to end automatically after a specified number of minutes, you can end all breakout sessions when you're finished using them.