A woman raising her hand to speak in front of a computer during a Zoom meeting.
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During a Zoom meeting or webinar, wouldn’t it be courteous to signal the host when you have a question or comment? For that, you can use the “Raise Hand” in the Zoom meeting. Here’s how.

Interrupting a speaker can break the conversation or webinar flow. To avoid that, you can use the virtual “Raise hand” feature to ask a question or share something without disturbing anyone. That notifies the host and co-hosts to manage your turn to speak during the interaction.

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Here’s how you can use the “Raise Hand” feature in Zoom on a desktop, web, and mobile.

Raise Your Hand in Zoom for Windows, Mac, and Linux

The Zoom desktop app offers a straightforward option to raise your hand virtually during a call on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

While the Zoom desktop app is open and a call is in progress, you’ll see the “Reactions” button at the bottom of the screen.

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First, select the “Reactions” button, and then select the “Raise Hand” option to raise your hand.

First, select the "Reactions" button and then pick the "Raise Hand" option in Zoom desktop app.

After you finish speaking or change your mind, you’ll need to select the “Reactions” button again and select “Lower Hand” to lower your hand.

Select the "Reactions" button and then pick the "Lower Hand" option to lower hand in Zoom desktop app.

Raise Your Hand in Zoom for Web

The Zoom app for web browsers offers a similar interface, which is quite convenient to use.

When using the Zoom website in a browser such as Google Chrome, you will notice the “Reactions” button at the bottom of the screen in a meeting.

Click the “Reactions” button and select the “Raise Hand” option from the menu that shows up.

Select the "Reactions" button and choose the "Raise Hand" option in Zoom for Web.

Once you finish speaking, click the “Reactions” button again and click the “Lower Hand” option to lower your hand.

Choose "Reactions" button and then pick "Lower Hand" to lower hand in Zoom for web.

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Raise Your Hand in Zoom for iPhone, iPad, and Android

On the Zoom mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and Android, the bottom bar auto-hides to give you the full-screen view.

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Tap your phone’s display during the Zoom call to bring up the options at the bottom of the screen. Then, select the ellipses (three horizontal dots) “More” icon.

Tap the Ellipses (three-dot menu) button to open the options in Zoom mobile app.

Select the “Raise Hand” option.

Tap the "Raise Hand" button to raise hand in Zoom mobile app.

To lower your hand, select the ellipses (three horizontal dots) icon again.

Tap "Lower Hand" button to lower your hand in Zoom mobile app.

Tap “Lower Hand.”

That’s it! Keep in mind that when you use “Raise Hand,” a raised hand emoji appears in the top-left corner of the video feed. That’s helpful for the host and others to know after the Whiteboard or screen sharing ends.

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Samir Makwana
Samir Makwana is a freelance technology writer who aims to help people make the most of their technology. For over 15 years, he has written about consumer technology while working with MakeUseOf, GuidingTech, The Inquisitr, GSMArena, BGR, and others. After writing thousands of news articles and hundreds of reviews, he now enjoys writing tutorials, how-tos, guides, and explainers.
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