Managing call queues

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Call queues allow account owners and admins to route incoming calls to a group of users. For example, you can route calls to your office's billing, sales, or customer service departments. Each call queue has a maximum of 50 members. You can also change call queue settings and monitor call queue calls.

There are five call distribution options for call queues:

  • Simultaneous: Rings all available members at the same time.
  • Sequential: Rings available members one at a time.
  • Rotating: Rings available members in a regularly changing order so that calls are distributed evenly.
  • Longest idle: Routes calls to the member who has been idle for the longest time (they have not answered a queue call). If the member that has been idle the longest does not answer, the system will rotate to the next member that has been idle for the longest time.
  • Group rotating:  Rings a configurable subset of queue members simultaneously (the subset is defined by the group size), before moving on to ringing the next subset of queue members with the next call or after a configurable ringing-time interval.

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Prerequisites for managing call queues

  • Pro, Business, or Education account
  • Account owner or admin privileges
  • Zoom Phone license
  • Initial Zoom Phone setup to create and manage call queues
  • Contact Zoom Technical Support to enable Group rotating

How to create a call queue

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal.
  2. In the navigation menu, click Phone System Management then Call Queues.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Enter the following information:
    • Site (only visible if you have multiple sites): Select a site for the new call queue. 
    • Name: Enter a display name.
    • Description (Optional): Enter a description to help identify the call queue.
    • Extension Number: Enter an extension for callers to reach the call queue. You can assign direct phone numbers to the call queue after creating it.
    • Member(s): Click Add. Select the phone users you want to be included in the call queue, then click OK. You can add phone users or common area phones to call queues.
    • Specify a template to be assigned to Call Queues: Apply a template.
  5. Click Save
    The web portal will redirect you to the call queue's settings.

After creating a new call queue, only account owners and admins can view or change its settings. In the Admin setting, click Set to open role management and assign call queue admins.

How to delete or duplicate a call queue

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal.
  2. In the navigation menu, click Phone System Management then Call Queues.
  3. Click the call queue name.
  4. Click the ellipses icon (...) in the right-side column, then click one of these options:
    • Duplicate: Set up a new call queue by duplicating an existing one. All settings will be copied from the original except for the extension number, phone numbers, and display name.
    • Delete: Delete the call queue. Any phone numbers assigned to the call queue will become unassigned. If you want to keep the call queue but deactivate it, use the Active Status setting.

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