Alternative Host for Zoom

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Alternative Host


The alternative host option allows you to schedule meetings and designate another Pro user on the same account to start the meeting or webinar if you are unable to. This user will receive an email notifying them that they've been added as an alternative host, with a link to start the meeting. The alternative host will need to use the link in the email or have the calendar invite sent to them by the original host and use the join link there. 

You can also give another Pro user scheduling privilege, which will make them an alternative host for all of your meetings and webinars and allow them to schedule meetings for you. If both users have a webinar license, they can also schedule webinars for you. Read more about Scheduling Privilege.

If a host is attending a meeting but needs assistance with managing the meeting, they can assign a co-host during the meeting. Learn more about co-hosts.


  • Zoom Desktop Client for PC version 4.1.8826.0925 or later; Zoom Desktop Client for Mac version 4.1.8826.0925 or later
  • Zoom mobile app for Android version 4.1.8860.0925 or later; Zoom mobile app for iOS version 4.1.8855.09254.1.8855.0925 or later
  • Both users need Pro licenses on the same account
  • For webinar, the user who schedules the meeting needs both a Pro and webinar license; the alternative host only needs a Pro license
  • Alternative hosts must be logged in to Zoom with the correct account in order to be granted the host or co-host permissions

Designating an Alternative Host

  1. Sign in to the Zoom desktop client.
  2. Click on the Schedule icon.

    This will open the scheduler window.
  3. Click Advanced Options.
  4. In the Alternative Host field, enter the alternative name to search through users. You can also enter the alternative host's email address if their name doesn't come up.
  5. Click Schedule to finish, and open up the calendar you have selected.
  6. The alternative host will now receive an email letting them know that they have been added as an alternative host.


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