Set Up and Manage Breakout Sessions


This article covers the essential steps to setting up and managing Breakout sessions during a Webex Meeting.

Breakout sessions Recording

Currently, activity that occurs in breakout sessions is not captured in meeting recordings.

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Enable Breakout sessions

From the Control Bar, choose Options then toggle on Enable Breakout Sessions.

Screenshot: Enable Breakouts

Once Breakout sessions are enabled, a shortcut is added to the Control Bar. Use this shortcut to access all Breakout sessions settings.

Screenshot: Breakout sessions button on Control Bar

Breakout sessions Setup

Number of breakout sessions

Enter the desired Number of breakouts sessions. Additional sessions can be added later.

Participants per session

  • Assign automatically: Participants are automatically split evenly across sessions.
  • Assign manually: Host assigns participants.
  • Let participants choose: Participants select a Breakout to join.
Screenshot: Numeber of breakout sessions

Breakout sessions Assignments

  1. Not assigned: Use this list to manually select and move participants into sessions.
  2. Settings
    • Allow attendees to return to main meeting: Participants can leave breakout and return to main meeting.
    • Allow attendees to join session later: Participants can join breakout after breakouts are started.
    • Automatically end breakout sessions: Set time to automatically end breakouts.
    • When session ends, give participants more time: Participants remain in breakout for the time set in Set countdown timer.
  3. Reset: Clears all settings and assignments. 
  4. Add session
  5. Renaming sessions: Hover over the session name to rename.
  6. Start Breakout Session when done managing settings.

Screenshot: Breakout session assigments

Breakout sessions Management

  1. Broadcast: Message Breakouts, Cohosts/Presenters etc. A popup is displayed to each participant.
  2. Join: Drop into any session. A Leave option displays on the Control Bar after joining.
  3. End all breakout sessions: Ends Breakouts and returns Participants to Main meeting.

Screenshot: Session management

Leave breakout session Control Bar icon
Screenshot: Leave breakout session shortcut on Control Bar
Broadcast message example

Screenshot: Example of brodcast message

Breakout sessions Panel

Once breakouts have started, a Breakout sessions can be accessed from the Participants panel.

Join a meeting or expand the session to view Participants in each room.

Screenshot: Breakout sessions panel
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Mon 6/7/21 10:46 AM
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