Ever since the Covid situation has gotten the best of us, online classes and meetings have become more than a necessity. Since in-person meetings pose a threat of spreading the virus even further, almost all institutes in the world have opted for online classes and meetings. One of the major promoters for such meetings are programs like Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams which makes it possible to have such meetings.
Zoom is one of the most organized software that offers access to a list of helpful tools and features that certainly helps with online meetings. These features are specially curated to make the online meetings and classes more interactive and easier to use for everyone.
Today, we will be looking at a particular feature from the list called the “Raise Hand” feature. If you are unaware of this, make sure you read our guide completely so that you can understand the feature as well as get to know how to use it.
What Is Zoom’s “Raise Hand” Feature?
A lot of students as well as adults are used to raising their hands if they wish to present a doubt or ask a question in the middle of a session. As you can imagine, it is quite not possible in an online meeting. Even if you are using a webcam and raising your hand to ask a doubt, the host might not be able to see it due to compact screen size, background video feed, or many other reasons.
To solve that, Zoom has implemented a feature called “Raise Hand”. As you can guess, it lets you alert the host so that you can ask your doubts or queries without disrupting the session. It is the virtual equivalent of raising a hand when you are in a zoom meeting. When you use this feature, the host of the meeting will receive a notification on their screen along with your profile so that the host can consider your request to ask a doubt.
Today, We will try to understand this feature thoroughly and will let you know how you can use it on various platforms.
Prerequisites for Using the Raise Hand Feature in a Webinar
Before we tell you how to use the feature, let us look into the prerequisites for using this feature. This way, you can ensure that you are capable of using the feature on your platform. Apart from the application itself, here are some prerequisites that you should consider which allow you to use the Raise Hand feature on Zoom.
Zoom Desktop Client Prerequisites:
- If you are using Zoom on Windows OS, make sure that the client you are using is v3.5.24604 or higher.
- If you are using Zoom on macOS, make sure that the client you are using is v3.5.24604 or higher.
- For the Linux OS, the client should be at least v1.1.44485.0317, if not higher.
Zoom Mobile Client Prerequisites::
- For the iOS operating system, the Zoom client must be v.3.5.31169.1102.
- For the Android operating system, the Zoom client must be v3.5.24588.0824.
How to Raise Hand in a Zoom Meeting
Now that you know which version of Zoom client is needed for using the feature, make sure that you update the client to the same version, if not the latest. Once you do that, you will be able to use the “Raise Hand” feature. We will guide you on how to use the feature on various platforms so that you can use the feature, irrespective of the platform you are using right now.
How to Raise Your Hand in Zoom on Android and iOS
Using the Raise Hand feature is pretty easy on Android. Once you have joined a session, you will be able to use the feature by simply tapping on a single button. Here’s how to do that.
- Launch the Zoom app and join the meeting that you wish to attend.
- Once you are in the meeting, you will be able to access the features available for the online sessions.
- Tap on the screen once to display the options on the Zoom application.
- Click on the “More” option to access additional features. It is the 3 horizontal dot icon on the lower-left section of your screen.
- There are multiple additional options available here. In the lower section, you will find a couple of emojis which will appear on your profile once you tap them.
- On top of the emojis, there is a “Raise Hand” option. Once you tap on that, the host will know that you have raised a hand.
- There is also a “Lower Hand” button that appears once you tap on the previous option. This will let the host know that you no longer have the doubt.
- Keep in mind that you will have to manually mute your mic once your conversation is over.
How to Raise Your Hand in Zoom on Desktop or Web
Zoom’s desktop application is pretty simple and straightforward. Compared to other desktop applications, Zoom offers a pretty easy user interface that resembles that of a smartphone. Therefore, it is equally easy to use the feature on the desktop application or web browsers.
- Once you are on the desktop zoom application, log in to confirm your identity.
- Then, simply join the meeting via the meeting code or the invitation link.
- Once you are in the meeting, you will find a “Participants” option on the lower section of the app.
- Click on it to open the “Participants” menu.
- Here, you will see the “Raise Hand” option from this screen. This will utilize the “Raise Hand” feature to let the host know about your doubt.
- Alternatively, you can use the “Alt + Y” key combination to quickly use the “Raise Hand” feature.
- If you are using macOS, you will have to use the “Option + Y” key combination for the same feature.
- You can also lower your hand by pressing the same key combination for both operating systems respectively.
- In this case, you still need to mute your mic manually. So, keep that in mind once the conversation is over.
How to Raise Your Hand in Zoom Via Telephone
Zoom is offering a pretty unique approach for home classes, even for those who do not have access to a stable internet connection. Zoom allows the host to conduct the meeting via Telephones which allows everyone to attend the meeting. On top of that, you will also have access to the “Raise Hand” feature, even if you are on a telephone.
When you are connected to a Zoom meeting via a telephone, simply press * and 9 on the dial pad to use the “Raise Hand” feature. Once you press these buttons, the host will receive the notification and will let you ask your question. However, you won’t be able to use the “Lower Hand” feature on the telephone. But, the host can do that for you so you do not have to worry about that.
It is pretty to use the Zoom application for your daily classes and meetings. And with features like “Raise Hand”, you can pretty easily convey and attain the meetings and classes without any problem. If you are not seeing the “Raise Hand” features on your end, it is possible that the host has disabled them. In that case, you will have to contact the host to enable the feature. If you are still not sure how to use the feature, kindly drop your doubt in the comment section below and we will reach out to you right away.