Roles in a webinar Follow


There are multiple roles available for a webinar: host, cohost, panelist, and attendees. The role that you have in the webinar will be designated by the host.

The host of the webinar is the user who the webinar is scheduled under. They have full permissions to manage the webinar, panelists, and attendees. There can only be one host of a webinar. The host can do things like stop and start the webinar, mute panelists, stop panelists' video, remove attendees from the webinar, and more.

Co-hosts share many of the controls that hosts have, allowing the co-host to manage the administrative side of the webinar, such as managing attendees or starting/stopping the recording. The host must assign a co-host. Co-hosts cannot start a webinar. If a host needs someone else to be able to start the webinar, they can assign an alternative host.

Panelists are full participants in a webinar. They can view and send video, screen share, annotate, etc. You must be assigned panelist permissions by the webinar host. The host can also disable some features for panelists, including starting video, sharing your screen, and recording. Learn how to add and invite panelists as a webinar host.

Attendees are view-only participants who can be unmuted if the host chooses. Their view of the webinar is controlled by the host. They can interact with the host and the panelists through the Q&A and the chat. Learn about joining a webinar as an attendee.


Comparison of controls

The following table compares the webinar controls available to the host, co-hosts, and panelists. To learn more about each feature, click the embedded links in the table or see Host and Co-Host Controls in a Meeting.

Features with an asterisk (*) can be disable by the host.


Participate in Webinar

  Host Co-host Panelist Attendee
Join during practice session
(see note)
Start the broadcast
Mute/unmute themselves
Start/stop their own video ✔*
View attendee list
Share screen
Request or give remote control
Chat ✔*
Save chat
Ask questions in Q&A
View All Q&A and respond
Create or edit polls
Start polling
Answer polls ✔*
Assign someone to enter closed captions
Enter closed captions ✔* ✔*
Raise hand
End webinar

Note: Co-hosts cannot be assigned ahead of time. If you would like to designate someone as a co-host, invite them to the webinar as a panelist and then promote them to a co-host. Alternatively, you can assign them as an alternative host. Alternative hosts are able to start or join a practice session.


Manage participants

  Host Co-host Panelist Attendee
Mute or unmute attendees
Stop panelist's video
Ask a panelist to start video
Spotlight a Video
Promote attendee to panelist
Demote from panelist to attendee
Change attendees' view
Change who attendees can chat with
Remove attendees
Allow attendees to talk
Assign Co-host Permission
Put panelist on hold
Invite others to join webinar



  Host Co-host Panelist Attendee
Record to cloud
Record locally ✔*


Live stream

  Host Co-host Panelist Attendee
Live stream on Facebook
Live stream on Workplace
Live stream on YouTube
Custom live stream
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