How to host more than 100 people on Zoom

If you are a Zoom Basic or Pro user, you will only be able to host a total of 100 participants, including yourself in any of your meetings. But what if your organization or group consisting of more than a hundred people? What do you do then?

The following post will guide to host more than 100 people on Zoom.

Can you host more than 100 people on Zoom?

Yes. You can more than a hundred people on Zoom by subscribing to one of Zoom’s paid plans. But not all paid plans on Zoom offer the ability to host meetings with over 100 members.

To make it clear, the entry-level Zoom Pro paid plan only hosts up to 100 people on Zoom, although it comes with 24-hour group meetings, personal meeting ID creation, and the ability to record sessions over the cloud.

The paid plans also come with add-ons that you can subscribe to for welcoming more participants to your meeting. This means you can add more participants than the ones you have been allotted by getting these add-ons. All three of Zoom’s paid plans come with two add-on options to support 500 or 1000 participants additionally.

Which plan should you purchase

Zoom offers three paid plans with additional features, of which only two offer support for organizations with larger members. The entry-level Zoom Pro plan offers the same 100 participants support as the free Zoom Basic plan, so you can ignore it if support for additional people is what you’re looking for.

Zoom Business which costs $19.99 per month per host supports up to 300 participants. The plan additionally comes with 24-hour group meetings, personal meeting ID creation, meeting transcription, vanity URLs, meetings with the company branding, and more.

Zoom Enterprise is available for a monthly subscription of $19.99 per host but offers up to 500 participants in a single meeting. The plan includes all the benefits of Zoom Business with unlimited cloud storage, discounts on Webinars and Zoom Rooms, Dedicated Customer Success Manager, and Executive Business Reviews.

How to upgrade your Zoom plan

Step 1: Open the Zoom website on your PC and sign in to your account.

Step 2: Under Admin, click on Account Management and then Billing.

This will display your current Zoom plan which will be Zoom Basic if you’ve been using the service for free in the past.

Step 3: Under the Current Plans tab, click the Upgrade button.

Step 4: Select the plan you want to upgrade to. It’s noteworthy to mention that you can upgrade your account to Business by yourself but upgrading to an Enterprise plan requires you to get in touch with the service’s sales team.

Step 5: If Zoom Business is what you went with, you will need to select how many hosts you want to have for your organization. You can select as low as one if that’s enough to conduct your Zoom meetings. The more hosts your select, the higher will be the monthly and annual subscription price for your plan.

Step 6: Once you’ve selected the number of hosts, you can now proceed to complete the upgrade by selecting how you want the subscription to be billed – monthly or annually. Once that’s done, click on Continue.

Step 7: Complete the payment process.

You’ll now be successfully upgraded to Zoom’s paid plans with support for more participants.

How to add more participants to your existing Zoom plan (using Large meeting add-on)

In addition to upgrading to a premium plan, you can also add more participants to your account on Zoom using Plan add-ons. This will add support for more members to your organization besides the original amount. Add-ons are only supported for paid plans on Zoom, meaning you can purchase them for Zoom Pro, Business, or Enterprise subscriptions. You can add more participants using Large meeting add-on by following the steps below.

Step 1: Head over to your Zoom account billing page. Sign in to your Zoom account, if prompted.

Step 2: Under the ‘Available Add-ons’ section, click on the Add button adjacent to ‘Large Meeting’.

Step 3: Select the number of participants you want your meetings to support and then click on continue at the bottom of the screen. You can select either 500 or 1000 more participants that can be added to your account.

Step 4: Complete the payment process to finish upgrading your Zoom account with the new add-on.

That’s it! Your Zoom account has been upgraded with support for additional participants.

What else can you do

Besides being able to add more participants, you can opt for Zoom Webinars. In a Zoom Webinar session, you can have up to 100 panelists (similar to participants in meetings) who will have interactive options using audio, video, and screen sharing. These panelists can then broadcast the session to up to 10,000 viewers who can view and hear what the hosts and panelists are saying but won’t be able to give their own input.

If you’re in charge of a large organization, you can thus opt to add Zoom Webinars to your account. This will enable conveying messages to all employees in a large working atmosphere. Webinars can be added as an add-on in a similar fashion to that of Large meeting by heading over to the Zoom account billing page and clicking the Add button adjacent to ‘Webinars’ under the Available Add-ons section.

Zoom for everyone!

With the world shifting to remote working and video conferencing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoom has been the go-to app for organizations as well as casual users. The service offers seamless communication and collaboration features, most of which are can be accessed for free.

Zoom’s basic plan allows users to host unlimited meetings capped at 40 minutes each. Free users also have access to virtual backgrounds, screen-sharing, the ability to record meetings, muting participants, and raise a hand to speak up during a meeting. But perhaps the most underrated feature of Zoom’s basic plan is being able to talk to 100 people at once without paying a dime.

Did the above guide help you add more than 100 participants on your Zoom meetings? Let us know in the comments below.