How to Use the Raise Hand Feature in Zoom (Raise Hand)

How to Use Raise Hand on Zoom (Raise Hand)

Everyone knows about Zoom because it’s easy to use and free for anyone to hold virtual gatherings, family reunions, and even weddings. However, there are certain features in this video conferencing software that not everyone is familiar with such as breakout room Zoom or Zoom-only Studio Effects.

One feature that can confuse Zoom users is the tiny digital hand. This hand allows you to interact with the meeting organizer to remind them that you want to share something or contribute to the subject.

If you don’t know where to find the Zoom hand, you may find yourself raising your physical hand every time and the host may not pay attention to you, especially in large meetings. I’ll walk you through everything you need to know about how to use the Raise Hand feature in a Zoom meeting on your computer or phone.

Here’s how to use the Raise Hand Zoom Meeting feature (raise your hand) on Windows PC, Mac, Android and iOS. Use the steps below to raise your hand and ask for a chance to speak.

How to Use Raise Hand Zoom on a Windows PC or Mac

Follow the steps below to use the Raise Hand Zoom feature on a Windows PC or Mac

1. Launch Zoom via the app or in your browser and select Join to join the meeting as a participant. Just a note, you cannot access this option if you are the meeting host.

2. Select Participants from the meeting control at the bottom of your screen.

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3. Select Raise Hand of several options that appear in the Participants panel.

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There is a keyboard shortcut that you can use on your Windows PC or Mac to raise your hand in Zoom. On a Windows PC, press Alt + Y and toggle the Raise Hands option On or Off. You will see a small blue hand icon next to your name when the option is enabled.

How to Use Raise Hand Zoom on an Android or iOS Phone

If you are using Zoom from a pAndroid e phone or iPhone, follow the steps below to use the Raise Hand Zoom feature (raise your hand).

1. Open the Zoom app on your phone, select Join (as a participant), and tap More from the meeting control at the bottom right of the screen.

2. Tap Raise Hand from the popup menu that appears and the meeting organizer will be notified that you have raised your hand.

3. When your digital hand is raised, you will see a small blue hand icon on the screen, and the organizer will also see a hand next to your name. Zoom lists participants in the order in which they raised their hands.

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How to Use Raise Hand in Zoom Dial-In Calls

If you want to join a Zoom meeting by dialing a phone number, the steps you will take to raise your hand are slightly different.

After you join the meeting, press * 9 on your mobile number pad to raise your hand, and do the same to lower your hand.

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If the Raise Hand option is not present in your Zoom meeting, it could be because the meeting organizer disabled nonverbal feedback or you are in full screen mode.

In full screen mode, the bottom toolbar is minimized but you can display it on your computer or mobile device by moving the mouse on the screen or tapping the screen. Once the toolbar appears, select or tap Participants and the Raise Hand option will appear.

If the meeting organizer (host) has disabled nonverbal feedback, you will not see the Raise Hand option. In such a case, you can always ask the host to enable nonverbal feedback to activate the Raise Hand feature.

Conclusion | The Raise Hand feature is a quick and easy way to grab the organizer’s attention in a Zoom meeting, as opposed to physically raising your hand or activating the microphone to ask to speak.