Locking meetings helps keep them secure by making sure no one joins who isn't supposed to. When you lock your meeting, it prevents more attendees from joining until you admit them. You can lock or unlock the meeting at any time while the session is in progress. If you have back-to-back meetings or need privacy in your Personal Room, lock the room.

When the meeting is locked:

  • No one can enter the meeting until you unlock it.

  • You see a list of all attendees waiting in the lobby. The list indicates who has logged in and who hasn’t. You can choose who to allow into the meeting.

  • Anyone who already joined the meeting, including the host, can't call in to connect to the meeting audio. They can still use their computer for audio, or have the meeting call them.


For users on Cisco Webex video platform version 1.0: If you set your meeting to automatically lock 0 minutes after the meeting starts, we recommend that you start your meeting from the Cisco Webex Meetings app so that you can admit participants. You won't be able to admit participants by using the video device. To find out which versions you’re using, see Find Your Cisco Webex Meetings Version Number.

Lock or Unlock Your Meeting

During a meeting, go to More options More options in the meeting controls, and then click the slider next to Lock meeting to lock or unlock your meeting.

Signed-in users in your organization can always join unlocked meetings without having to wait in the lobby.

For unauthenticated users, default site settings for unlocked meetings may allow guests to join directly, allow guests to wait in the lobby until admitted, or prevent guests from joining at all.

You can set your own settings while scheduling a meeting from your site, or from Personal Room preferences for meetings in your room.

Automatically Lock Your Scheduled Meeting

You can set your locked meeting options while scheduling your meeting. Choose the guest behavior for joining the meeting, and choose whether to automatically lock the meeting after it starts. You can choose from 0, 5, 10, 15, or 20 minutes. By default, the meeting locks after 10 minutes.

Automatically Lock Your Personal Room

You can set an option in your Personal Room preferences to automatically lock your room after it starts. You can choose from 0, 5, 10, 15, or 20 minutes. By default, your Personal Room locks after 10 minutes.

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Go to Preferences > My Personal Room.

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Check the box next to Automatic lock, and then choose how many minutes you want before your Personal Room locks.automatically_lock_image

Lock or Unlock Your Meeting

During a meeting in your Personal Room, go to More options in the meeting controls, and then choose Lock Meeting or Unlock Meeting.

Your site administrator can allow unauthenticated attendees to enter an unlocked room if they have signed in recently within a specified time period. The default is two weeks.

If your site settings prevent unauthenticated users from entering unlocked rooms unless the host admits them, when the room is unlocked:

  • Attendees who have not signed have to wait in the lobby.

  • The host sees a list of who is waiting and can choose who to admit.

Automatically Lock Your Personal Room

You can set an option in your Personal Room preferences to automatically lock your room after it starts. You can choose from 0, 5, 10, 15, or 20 minutes. By default, your Personal Room locks after 10 minutes.

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Go to Preferences > My Personal Room.

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Check the box next to Automatic lock, and then choose how many minutes you want before your Personal Room locks.Automatic lock