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Desktop client and mobile app comparison Follow


The Zoom Desktop Client (PC or macOS) and mobile app (Android or iOS) have familiar features with some minor differences. See the table below for a comparison of the features.


  • Some features can be disable by the account owner or admin.
  • The Zoom Desktop Client and Mobile App have different features than the Zoom web portal. The Zoom web portal is primarily used for changing your meeting settings and Zoom Phone settings. You can also use the web portal to customize your profile.

This article covers:


Feature Desktop (Windows/macOS) Mobile (Android/iOS)

Start or join meeting

Join a meeting without signing in
Sign in using Zoom account, Google, Facebook, or SSO.
Start an instant meeting.
Join a meeting that is in progress.
Schedule a one-time or recurring meetings
Share your screen in a Zoom Room by entering in the sharing key or meeting ID.
Display upcoming meetings
Display synced calendar events (if you added a third-party calendar service)
View, edit, start, or delete your scheduled Zoom meetings

In-meeting controls (attendees and hosts)

Mute / unmute mic 
Start / stop video
Invite others to join meeting
Change your screen name for the meeting
Non-verbal feedback
Share screen
In-meeting chat
Start cloud recording
Start local recording  

In-meeting controls (hosts)

Create, edit, and launch polls  
Control who can share their screen in the meeting  
Start breakout rooms  
Broadcast your meeting live on Facebook or a custom streaming service  

Webinar controls (hosts)

Launch Q&A session
Launch Polls  

Manage participants (hosts)

Stop the attendee's video
Assign the attendee to be the host
Assign the attendee to be a co-host
Allow the attendee to start or stop a recording
Assign the attendee to type closed caption
Change an attendee name that is displayed to other participants
Place the attendee in a virtual waiting room
Place the attendee on hold
Remove attendees from meeting
Mute or unmute all participants
Automatically mute participants as they join the meeting
Allow participants to unmute themselves
Allow participants to rename themselves
Play a sound when participants join and leave
Don't allow other participants to join the meeting in progress
Control who participants can chat with

Share screen controls

Share an image or PDF from cloud storage services (Google Drive, OneDrive, or DropBox)  
Share whiteboard
Annotate on shared screen or whiteboard
Pause your current shared screen  
Show or hide names of annotators


Add a personal note   ✓   ✓
Change profile photo or screen name
Note: On the desktop client, you will be redirected to the web portal to change your profile photo or screen name
Manually change your status to Available, Away, or Do Not Disturb  


Mark messages as unread
Edit your sent messages  
Delete your sent messages, images, or files
Save images or files sent in the chat
Add messages to your starred list and view all messages you have starred  
View starred messages in a specific chat
Use your personal chat space
Send images or files
View all files sent or all files received in chat
Share sent of received chat files with contacts
Send a capture of the current screen  
Send animated GIFs  
Send code snippets  
Send emoticons 
End-to-end encrypted chat
Store chat message history
Invite contacts to an existing chat


Change notifications for new channel messages
Add channels to your starred list and view channels you have starred
Create a channel
Edit a channel (must be a channel admin)
Invite members to a channel


Add contacts
Add contacts to your starred list and view contacts you have starred
Directory for contacts, channels, and Zoom Rooms
Add contact to auto-answer group  


Make and receive phone calls
Access all in-call controls (mute, add call, three-way calling, place on hold, transfer calls, record call)
Switch phone call to Zoom meeting
View and delete call history and recordings
Play, download, and delete voicemail messages
Add callers to your blocked list using call history or voicemail entry


Automatically join meeting by computer or device audio
Automatically mute when joining meeting
Automatically call phone number to join meeting  
Insert a link preview whenever a chat message contains a link
Change notification settings for chat
Manage blocked contacts  
Display meeting reminders
Display connected meeting time
Display closed captions (if available)
Automatically disable your video when joining a meeting
Touch up appearance  
Virtual Background  


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