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By Brianna Johnson

Zoom participants, one using the "raise hand" feature.Instructors and students can give more visible feedback through live gestures by using new raise hand βœ‹and thumbs-up πŸ‘ gesture recognition. This feature will automatically display a corresponding meeting reaction and allow users to more easily react during a meeting or webinar.


The raise hand feature in webinar allows attendees, panelists, co-hosts, and the host to raise their hand to indicate that they need something from the host, co-host, or other panelists.

If you raise your hand or give a thumbs up in real time during a meeting, a hand or thumbs up icon will automatically appear alongside your video feed.


Note: Please note this feature requires your Zoom app to be version 5.10.3 or higher.

Note for users of screen readers: letters in parentheses in the instructions below refer to corresponding areas on example images. If you have any questions about these instructions, contact eLearning for assistance.

Before starting a meeting, or during a meeting, you can enable gesture recognition on the Zoom desktop client.

  1. Sign into the Zoom desktop client.
  2. Click your profile picture (A).
  3. Make sure you have the most up to date Zoom client (B).
  4. Select Settings (C).
    Example image one: A through C.
  5. Click General (D).
  6. Under Reactions, select the check box to enable Activate the following emojis based on hand gesture recognition: πŸ‘ βœ‹ (E).
    Example image two: D through E.

Once the feature is enabled, simply put a thumbs up in front of your camera during a meeting or raise your hand (and keep it raised for several seconds) for Zoom to recognize the gesture and match your live gesture with a digital one.

Visit Zoom's Gesture Recognition Guide for more information.

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