How to Raise Hand in Zoom Meeting?

Online meetings have become a common trend these days and the two most common applications used to start and join a meeting are Zoom and Google Meet. In this article, I will tell you about ‘How to Raise Hand in Zoom Meeting’. This article will guide you to use Zoom from different devices and make it easy for you to Raise your hand to convey your opinion in an online meeting. So, Let’s get started!

What is Zoom?

Before getting to know the features of Zoom, let us first discuss what Zoom is. Zoom Cloud Meetings is an online meeting/teleconferencing software used around the world to host office meetings and online classes. The software was developed by Zoom Video Communications in 2012 however it saw a sudden surge of users in the year 2019-2020 when the world witnessed a pandemic.

Zoom allows you to host a virtual meeting involving up to 100 participants for a general time span of 40 minutes. Not only this, the meetings you host can be protected by a password allowing only the people you want, to join your meeting. To know more about the zoom and its features, you can visit their official website.

How to raise hand in a zoom meeting

How to Raise Hand in a Zoom Meeting?

The online teleconferencing software offers many features to host the meeting smoothly. One such feature is the “Raise hand” feature with which any participant can Raise Hand to let the host know that they want to speak in the meeting. Using this feature, the participants can share their opinions or questions without interrupting the person speaking at the moment.

When you use this feature, Zoom simply puts a little hand beside your Username which can be seen by the host and all the participants of the meeting. The features work like you raise your hand in a physical meeting or a conference to raise your opinion. However, this option is only available for the participants of the meeting and not the hosts.

Different devices have different interfaces of the software. No Matter what device you use, I will give you step-by-step instructions to use the feature in your meetings.

1. Raise Hand on a Mac or Windows PC

You can follow these simple instructions to Raise your Hand in Zoom on a Mac or Windows computer.

  1. Launch the zoom application in your browser or pc.
  2. Tap “Join a Meeting” to join a virtual ongoing meeting.
  3. Now on your screen, tap on the “Participants” option appearing at the bottom of your screen.
  4. Now tap on the “Raise Hand” option which must be present on the bottom right of your Participants window.
  5. The host will then see know that you want to speak.

How to raise hand in a zoom meeting

1. Keyboard Shortcut

You can also use the Keyboard shortcut to Raise Hand in a Meeting. Press Alt+Y and toggle the Raise Hand option “On” or “Off” to raise your hand. You can see a little hand beside your username when the feature is enabled.

2. On an Android or IOS Device

If you’re using Zoom in an android or ios device, use these steps to raise your hand in a zoom meeting.

  1. Launch the Zoom application on your device and tap “Join a Meeting” from the screen appearing before you.
  2. When you are in a meeting, Tap on “More” present on the bottom right side of your screen.
  3. Now tap on “Raise hand” from the options available on the pop-up window.
  4. Your hand will be raised and a small will be visible next to your hand.

Note: The host will see the list of participants in order of when they raised their hands.

How to raise hand in a zoom meeting

3. In Dial-In calls

Zoom also allows participants to join a meeting using their phone dialer. The number which is to be dialed is available on the link of the meetings which is shared.

To raise your hand in a Zoom meeting in Dial-in calls, dial *9 after you are in the meeting. You can dial the same number again to lower your hand.

How to Lower your Hand in a Zoom Meeting?

When you raise your hand a small hand appears beside your username informing the host and other participants. However, when you are done speaking in the meeting you need to manually lower your hand in the meeting. To lower your hand, you have to follow the same steps which you followed to raise your hand.

The raise hand button will show the “Lower hand” option instead when your hand is raised. You can simply touch the “Lower hand” button and the little hand beside your name will disappear.


Most people around the world use Zoom for virtual meetings. Among the many features, the software offers the “Raise hand” feature that comes in handy when you want to speak in the middle of the meeting. I hope you have learned how to raise your hand in a zoom meeting through this article. Do share your valuable comments/feedback on this article in the comments section below. Regards!