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Allow meeting participants to bypass the waiting room

To enhance meeting security, Zoom requires the waiting room to be enabled for all meetings (or to use a passcode, formerly known as password). To simplify the process for allowing people with a UW NetID to join a meeting, you can set an option for them to join the meeting without waiting to be admitted from the waiting room.

  1. Log in to your Zoom account at
  2. In the left sidebar, click Settings.
  3. Waiting room is the first option on the page
  4. Under Waiting room, you may see Everyone selected. Select the third option: Users who are not in your account and not part of the allowed domains. When you select this option, a field appears. If you do not see *, enter it. This allows people logged in with a UW NetID to bypass the waiting room, regardless of which type of UW Zoom account they have (Standard vs. HIPAA-compliant).
  5. Under Who can admit participants from the waiting room?, if Host and co-hosts only is not already selected, select it.
  6. Click the blue Continue button.


Last reviewed June 29, 2020