Microsoft Teams - Breakout Rooms
Updated: 11 January 2021 03:41 PM
Breakout Rooms have arrived to Microsoft Teams! Breakout Rooms allow you to separate participants in a meeting into smaller groups. The rooms can be configured to add participants automatically or manually. The meeting organizer has the ability to create, open, close and delete Breakout Rooms.
Only the meeting organizer can create Breakout Rooms. The meeting must already be underway in order to organize participants into Breakout Rooms. The organizer must be using the desktop version of Teams.
To open all rooms, click Start Rooms. If you want to open a single room, click the More Actions ⋯ button beside a room and select Open Room. By default, participants are sent a message saying the room is opening and they are automatically transferred to their rooms. It will take a moment to open rooms.
To close all rooms, click Close Rooms. If you want to close a single room, click the More Actions ⋯ button beside a room and select Close Room.
Breakout Rooms can be renamed by clicking the More Actions ⋯ button beside the Breakout Room and selecting Rename Room. A dialog opens for the new room name.
Click the More Actions ⋯ button beside the Breakout Room and select Delete room.
Meeting organizers can join any Breakout Room they create. Click the More Actions ⋯ button beside the Breakout Room and select Join room. There is no announcement that you have arrived in the room, make sure attendees are aware you have arrived.
The meeting organizer can record a Breakout Room. To record a Breakout Room, the organizer must be in the room to start the recording. The organizer can leave the room and the recording will continue.
Click More Actions ⋯ and select Start Recording.
The meeting organizer can broadcast an announcement to all Breakout Rooms. The organizer has access to the chat of each Breakout Room via the Chat icon in the Teams app bar.
While in a Breakout Room, attendees are given the Presenter role.