How to Use Focus Mode in Zoom Meetings

By | December 1, 2021
How to Use Focus Mode in Zoom Meeting

How to use Focus Mode in Zoom Meeting | Zoom is one of the leaders in the race that most video conferencing apps have used since the pandemic. There’s a reason Zoom soared to the top of popularity despite some very obvious mistakes they’ve made along the way. The reason is that it always introduces new useful features all the time, pure and simple.

One of the new innovative features that Zoom is introducing to its platform this time is Focus Mode. Although marketed primarily for learning environments, Focus Mode has the potential to be used anywhere. So what is the focus mode in this Zoom? Let’s find out.

  • What is Focus Mode in Zoom?
  • How to Activate Focus Mode Zoom Meeting
  • How to Use Focus Mode in a Zoom Meeting

What is Focus Mode in Zoom?

The purpose of Focus Mode Zoom is to prevent any distractions in the meeting for participants or students studying online. When Focus Mode is enabled in a meeting, participants can only view videos for the meeting organizer (host) and co-hosts (co-hosts), not other participants. But what stands out the most is that the meeting organizer and co-host can still see everyone’s videos.

Also read: How to Share Audio Video in Zoom Meeting

In a learning environment, teachers can use Focus Mode to prevent students from interfering with each other. Students can only see teacher videos, while teachers can see all students and supervise them. This is very useful when you want students to only focus on the task at hand.

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Meeting attendees can still view their own videos, videos of the meeting organizer and co-hosts, as well as videos for each participant the host chooses to highlight. For all other participants, they can only see their names and reactions. Focus Mode only hides the video for other participants and they can still hear it when they turn on the sound.

Apart from video, Focus Mode also extends to screen sharing. While the host can see the content of all participants’ screens when they share it, participants can only view the content of their own screens. The host can switch between screens with each participant. And also make screen sharing of certain participants available to everyone if they want.

How to Activate Focus Mode Zoom Meeting

Focus Mode is available to all types of users, free and licensed. But you have to enable it for all account types from Zoom web portal. You can enable it for all accounts in your organization or for a group of users. Individual account owners must also enable it for their account.

  • To enable Focus Mode for your Zoom account, go to zoom.us and log in with your account. Click option ‘Settings‘ from the navigation menu on the left.
  • Next, look for the tab Meetings, then click the option ‘In Meeting (Advanced)‘ from the navigation menu.
  • Then, scroll down until you find the option ‘Focus Mode‘. If you feel like scrolling too much, use keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+F to find Focus Mode on a web page by entering the keyword ‘focus mode‘.
  • Turn on the ‘Focus Mode’ switch to enable this option for your meeting.
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  • If a confirmation dialog box appears, click ‘Enable‘ to confirm. This option will appear in gray if your organization has disabled it. Contact the admin of your organization in this case.

How to Use Focus Mode in a Zoom Meeting

Once you enable Focus Mode for your Zoom account, you can start using Focus Mode in meetings. But first, you need to have Zoom desktop client 5.7.3 or higher for Windows and Mac. This feature is only available from the desktop client at this time and not the mobile app.

That is, the feature to start Focus Mode. Focus Mode still affects attendees attending meetings using the iOS or Android app.

Using Focus Mode in a Zoom meeting is quite easy, join the meeting as the host. Open the meeting toolbar and click the ‘ iconMore‘.

Choose ‘Start Focus Mode‘ from the options that appear.

A confirmation dialog box will appear. Click ‘Start‘ to confirm. You can also tick the option ‘Don’t ask me again‘ to skip future confirmation requests.

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A notification will appear on everyone’s screen informing them that Focus Mode is on and the highlighted videos for hosts, co-hosts and users will be visible.

The icon for Focus Mode will also appear at the top of the meeting screen for all participants when active.

As long as Focus Mode is on, other participants will only see shared content that you allow and videos for the host/co-host and highlighted participants.

To highlight a participant’s video, open their video tile on your screen and click on the three-dot icon. Then, select ‘Spotlights for Everyone‘ from the menu.

Click ‘Remove Spotlight‘ from their video tile to stop their video for other participants.

To make the participant’s screen visible to everyone during a screen sharing session, open the meeting toolbar and click the arrow next to the ‘Share Screen‘.

Then, select ‘All participants‘ under options ‘Shared screens can be seen by‘.

To stop people other than the host and co-hosts from viewing the screen, select ‘Hosts only‘.

To stop Focus Mode, go to ‘More’ and click ‘Stop Focus Mode‘.

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That’s the tutorial on how to activate and use focus mode in Zoom Meeting. I hope this article helped you! Thank you for visiting and don’t forget if you find this article useful, please share it with your friends too.

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