Breakout sessions are smaller groups that are split off from the main meeting or webinar. They allow a subset of participants to collaborate and share ideas over audio and video. Use breakout sessions for workshops, classrooms, or for when you need a moment to talk privately with a few participants outside of the main session.
Known issues and limitations
Learn about known issues and limitations for breakout sessions in Meetings.
Roles in a breakout session
Hosts and cohosts create breakout sessions, assign participants, and start the sessions when they're ready.
Hosts and cohosts cannot assign attendees to breakout sessions in webinars. Once breakout sessions have started, attendees can choose which breakout session they want to join.
Attendees can share content and use collaboration tools such as chat to collaborate in smaller, more focused discussion groups. See Best practices for participating in breakout sessions.
Audio and video in breakout sessions
Each breakout session is a separate audio and video conference. If you connected to audio when you joined the meeting or webinar, it switches over automatically when you join a breakout session. You can mute or unmute your audio and start or stop your video at any time during the breakout session, just like you would in the main session.
When all breakout sessions end, your audio switches to the main session automatically. If your video is on during the breakout session, it remains on when all breakout sessions end and you return to the main session.