Zoom: Designate an Alternative Host

Use this feature if you want to let someone else host a meeting or webinar that you have scheduled. This may be helpful if you are out of the office or late to your meeting or webinar.

When you designate an alternative host, that user or departmental account will receive an email notifying them that they've been added as an alternative host, with a link to start the meeting or webinar.

Alternative host vs. Co-host

  • Alternative host is a more powerful role than co-host because alternative hosts can be the primary host of a meeting.  
  • Alternative hosts can be designated in advance, whereas co-hosts must be assigned during the meeting. 
  • Alternative hosts have full host privileges until the host account joins the meeting and automatically becomes the host.
    • Co-hosts can do almost everything a host can. A co-host cannot start or end the meeting. See the Overview section of Host and Co-Host Controls in a Meeting for more details on the co-host role.

Who can be an alternative host?

  • Any Zoom user who is in the same Zoom account as you can be designated as your alternative host. For instance, if you are in the UMN HCC instance of Zoom, any other user in the UMN HCC instance can be your alternative host - but anyone in non-HCC Zoom cannot.
  • Zoom users on other UMN campuses, as long as they are in the same Zoom instance (HCC vs. non-HCC) as you.
    Note: Zoom does not use campus-specific email addresses. To add someone as an alternative host, add them with [InternetID]@umn.edu, regardless of their actual email address. This applies to Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and Crookston.
  • A departmental account can serve as an alternative host. 

See the Alternative Host article in the Zoom Help Center for step-by-step instructions with screenshots on designating an alternative host based on the device you're using to schedule your meeting.  

Scheduling privileges

You can also give another person or departmental account scheduling privilege over your Zoom account, which will make them an alternative host for all of your meetings and webinars and allow them to schedule meetings for you. They can also schedule webinars for you as long as neither of you are students. Read more about Scheduling Privilege.