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Desktop client, mobile app, and web client comparison Follow


See the table below for a comparison of features between the Zoom desktop client, mobile app, and web client.

Note: The Zoom desktop client, mobile app, and web client have different features than the Zoom web portal. The Zoom web portal is primarily used for changing your profilemeeting settings and Zoom Phone settings. You can also use the web portal to schedule, view, and edit meetings.

This article covers:




  • We recommend using the desktop client or mobile app. Only use the web client if can't access the other options.
  • Some features can be disabled by the account owner, admin, or host.
  • For Zoom Phone, see our comparison of Zoom Phone features.
  • The web client column applies to Firefox, Chrome, Edge, and Safari. The web client on Internet Explorer does not support these features: share video or screen, join computer audio, view shared video, and simultaneous screen share.
Feature Windows
Linux Android
Chrome OS Web client

Start or join meeting

Join a meeting without signing in
Join a meeting in progress ✓ 
Sign in using Zoom account, Google, Facebook, or SSO  ✓
Start an instant meeting.
Schedule one-time or recurring meeting    
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 meetings    
Participants are pre-assigned to breakout rooms (if set up by the host)  

In-meeting controls (participants and hosts)

Join computer audio  ✓
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      
Request remote control


Give remote control      

Gallery View and Active Speaker View

Participant in breakout rooms  ✓
Self-select breakout room

Answer polls
Language interpretation      
Live transcription  
Reclaim host

In-meeting controls (hosts and co-hosts)

Create, edit, and launch polls    
Start and manage breakout rooms (host only)  
View pre-assigned participants in breakout rooms (if set up in web portal)        
Live stream meeting      
Report a participant for inappropriate behavior    

In-meeting security controls (hosts and co-hosts)

Lock meeting (don't allow other participants to join the meeting in progress) ✓ 
Place the attendee in a virtual waiting room ✓ 
Control if participants can share screen  ✓
Control if participants can use in-meeting chat  ✓
Control if participants can unmute or rename themselves  ✓
Enable/disable video receiving        

Webinar controls (hosts)

Launch question and answer session
Launch polls    
Live stream webinar      

Manage participants (hosts)

Stop a participant's video  ✓
Assign a participant to be the host  ✓
Assign a participant to be a co-host
Allow a participant to start or stop a recording ✓   
Assign a participant to type closed caption
Change a participant's name that is displayed to other participants
Remove participant from meeting
Mute all participants/ask all to unmute
Automatically mute participants as they join the meeting
Play chime when participants join and leave  
Don't allow other participants to join the meeting in progress
Control who participants can chat with  ✓
Put a participant on hold

Share screen controls

Share whiteboard    
Share device audio 


Annotate on shared screen or whiteboard    
Pause your current shared screen  
Show or hide names of annotators    
Stop a participant's screen share (host and co-host only)    
Control if multiple participants can share screen simultaneously    ✓
Side-by-side mode      


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 screen name
Manually change your status      


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 or received chat files with contacts      
Send a capture of the current screen      
Send animated GIFs        
Send code snippets      
Send emoticons    
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      


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    

Note (A): Joining computer audio on Safari is only available for webinar attendees.

Note (B):

  • Screen sharing on Microsoft Edge requires Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise. It is not supported on Windows 10 Home. If you are running Windows 10 Home and need to share your screen, we recommend using Chrome or Firefox.
  • Screen sharing is not supported on Safari.

Note (C): If you joined a meeting on an iOS or Android device, you can't request remote control or give remote control. The participant who is screen sharing with the Zoom desktop client must give you remote control.

Note (D): Requesting remote control of content shared from the desktop client or mobile app is currently supported, but not content shared from another web client. 

Note (E): Self-selection on the Zoom mobile app and ChromeOS is available for meeting participants, but not for the host launching breakout rooms. Self-selection of breakout rooms has to be enabled and launched from the desktop client.