Getting started with Zoom Whiteboard

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Zoom Whiteboard provides customers a set of easy-to-use tools to collaborate together to capture ideas, processes, and concepts. 

With features focused on fostering innovation, Zoom Whiteboard makes it simple for hybrid teams to interact in new ways for seamless collaboration.

For a more detailed walkthrough, see our guides on Zoom Whiteboard features. Administrators who need to enable whiteboards for their account can consult our Zoom Whiteboard Administrator Guide. Zoom Rooms users can find detailed information about using whiteboards here

This article covers:

Prerequisites for using Zoom Whiteboard

Zoom Whiteboard in Meetings

  • Zoom desktop client
    • Windows: 5.10.3 or higher
    • macOS: 5.10.3 or higher
    • Linux: 5.10.3 or higher
  • Zoom mobile app
    • Android: 5.10.3 or higher
    • iOS: 5.10.3 or higher

Zoom Whiteboard in Webinars

  • Zoom desktop client
    • Windows: 5.11.3 or higher
    • macOS: 5.11.3 or higher
    • Linux: 5.11.3 or higher
  • Zoom mobile app
    • Android: 5.11.3 or higher
    • iOS: 5.11.3 or higher


  • Zoom Whiteboards can only be viewed and edited when using the Zoom mobile app on a tablet or iPad. When using the Zoom mobile app on a smaller mobile device, such as a phone, you will only be able to view Zoom Whiteboards. 
  • If you do not see Zoom Whiteboard in the desktop client, please contact an account admin to have this feature enabled.
  • Free and pro accounts are limited to 3 Whiteboards while Business Plus accounts can have unlimited Whiteboards. Zoom Whiteboard add-ons may be purchased for non Business Plus accounts.

How to create a whiteboard 

From a Zoom meeting or webinar

  1. Start a meeting or webinar from the Zoom desktop client. 
  2. On the in-meeting controls, click the Whiteboard button .
  3. Click New Whiteboard.
  4. Click the arrow next to All Participants can edit to choose what permissions you would like participants to have.
  5. Click Open and Collaborate
    The whiteboard will open in your meeting window. 
  6. When you are done, click Close Whiteboard at the top of the screen.

From the Zoom desktop client

  1. Sign in to the Zoom desktop client. 
  2. At the top right, click the Whiteboards button .
  3. Click New to create a new whiteboard.

From the Zoom web portal

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal
  2. Click Whiteboards. 
  3. At the top right, click + New to create a new whiteboard.

How to share a whiteboard

  1. Once you have created a whiteboard, click Share at the top right to send the whiteboard to other users.
  2. Enter the email addresses of the users you would like to share the whiteboard with and set their permissions.
  3. Click Send.
  4. (Optional) Click Copy Link and then paste the link in a message or email to send to others.

How to use the whiteboard tools 

The whiteboard tools available for use are located on the left side of the screen. To activate a tool, click its icon. Once selected, the mouse cursor will change  to indicate the current tool mode. For most controls, clicking on the canvas will then create an object of that type. If using the select tool, you will be able to select one or more objects and change their properties.


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