Breakout sessions

Breakout sessions are available in meetings, and starting in version 42.3, they’re also available in webinars. WBS41.9 and Room OS 10 are required on devices in order to use breakout sessions. To find out which version of Webex you're using, see Find your Webex version number.


 

In webinars, only panelists can join from a video device.

Breakout sessions are smaller groups that are split off from the main meeting or webinar. They allow a subset of participants to collaborate and share ideas over audio and video. Use breakout sessions for workshops, classrooms, or for when you need a moment to talk privately with a few participants outside of the main session.

Known issues and limitations

Learn about known issues and limitations for breakout sessions in Meetings.

Roles in a breakout session

Hosts and cohosts create breakout sessions, assign participants, and start the sessions when they're ready.


 
Hosts and cohosts cannot assign attendees to breakout sessions in webinars. Once breakout sessions have started, attendees can choose which breakout session they want to join.

Attendees can share content and use collaboration tools such as chat to collaborate in smaller, more focused discussion groups. See Best practices for participating in breakout sessions.

Audio and video in breakout sessions

Each breakout session is a separate audio and video conference. If you connected to audio when you joined the meeting or webinar, it switches over automatically when you join a breakout session. You can mute or unmute your audio and start or stop your video at any time during the breakout session, just like you would in the main session.

When all breakout sessions end, your audio switches to the main session automatically. If your video is on during the breakout session, it remains on when all breakout sessions end and you return to the main session.

Features available in breakout sessions

Manage breakout sessions

Feature

Host

Cohost

Attendee

Preassign participants to breakout sessions


 

In webinars, only panelists can be preassigned to breakout sessions. Attendees cannot be preassigned to breakout sessions. Once breakout sessions have started, attendees can choose which breakout session they want to join.

Allow anyone to join breakout sessions

Create and start breakout sessions

  • Maximum number of breakout sessions in a meeting or webinar: 100

  • The number of participants in a breakout session is determined by your plan. For example, for plans that allow 1,000 people, you can have 100 sessions with 10 people in each, 20 sessions with 50 people in each, and so on.

  • Choose to assign participants automatically or manually.


     
    Hosts and cohosts cannot assign attendees to breakout sessions in webinars. Once breakout sessions have started, attendees can choose which breakout session they want to join.
  • Control how and when participants are allowed to return to the main session.

Add, rename, or delete a breakout session

Move or exchange attendees in breakout sessions


 

In webinars, only panelists can be moved or exchanged between breakout sessions.

Remove a participant from a breakout session


 
In webinars, only panelists can be removed from a breakout session.

Ask all participants to return to the main session


 

If the breakout sessions aren't ended, the attendees' audio is muted when they return to the main session. Remind attendees to unmute themselves if they want to speak in the session.

End all breakout sessions

Lower participants' hands

Participate in a breakout session

Feature

Host

Cohost

Attendee

Join or leave a breakout session from your computer, mobile device, video device, or phone


 

Only panelists can join from a video device in webinars.

Start or stop your video during a breakout session

Mute or unmute your audio during a breakout session

Share content during a breakout session

Use Chat to message others in your breakout session


 
You can only chat to others within your breakout session, not across all breakout sessions.

Ask for help during a breakout session

Respond to a request for help in breakout sessions

Broadcast a message in breakout sessions

Raise your hand during a breakout session
Sort by raised hands