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Zoom Meeting vs. Zoom Webinar

Meetings are designed to foster collaboration, granting all participants the ability to screen share, activate their video and audio feeds, and view the list of attendees.

On the other hand, webinars are structured to enable the host and designated panelists to share their video, audio, and screens, while attendees typically have view-only access. However, webinars facilitate interaction through features such as Q&A, chat, and polling. Hosts can also unmute attendees, though attendees cannot rename themselves.


Meeting & Webinar - Common Features Comparison

  Meeting Webinar
Description Zoom meetings are ideal for hosting more interactive sessions where you’ll want to have lots of audience participation or break your session into smaller groups. Think of webinars like a virtual lecture hall or auditorium. Webinars are ideal for large audiences or events that are open to the public. Typically, webinar attendees do not interact with one another. Though Zoom provides options for you to get more social with your attendees, your average webinar has one or a few people speaking to an audience.
Used For
  • Lectures and other course related meetings
  • Office Hours
  • Department meetings
  • Collaborative events
  • Town halls
  • Community updates
  • Virtual Events and Discussions
Participant Roles
  • Host and co-host
  • Participant
  • Host and co-host
  • Panelist
  • Attendee
Sharing Options
  • All attendees can be given permissions to (un)mute themselves
  • All attendees can share video
  • All attendees can be given permissions to share screens
  • Everyone can see the participants list
  • Only the host and panelists can (un)mute themselves
  • Attendees join in listen-only mode
  • The host can unmute one or more attendees
  • Screen sharing permissions can be assigned to chosen attendees
  • Attendees can not see the full participants list, only hosts and panelists
Chat Chat can be made public, restricted to chat with hosts only, or turned off Attendees can only chat with panelists by default. Chats can be separated into a Q&A queue
Breakout Rooms X
Meeting reactions and feedback X
Meeting Security

The host must make security changes while in the meeting such as the following:

  • Locking the meeting after all participants have entered
  • Enabling the waiting room
  • Disallowing participants to screen share or unmute themselves
  • Restricting chat functions to only chat with the host or no one
Meeting security is implemented by separating attendees from panelists. Registration can also be required to attend a webinar.


For more information on features and differences between Zoom Meeting and Webinar accounts click here.