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How do I use breakout rooms in Microsoft Teams?

Published: 13 December 2021 Last updated: 11 March 2022

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Breakout rooms

In all but the smallest meetings, it can be difficult to have open discussions and a meaningful exchange of ideas. With breakout rooms, people gather in small groups for lively conversation and brainstorming sessions.

Only meeting organizers on the desktop versions of Teams (Windows and Mac) can create and manage breakout rooms.

Notes: These features aren’t currently available in breakout rooms:

  • Call me
  • Adding people to the meeting from the participants panel
  • Adding additional people to the meeting chat
  • Copying the Join meeting info

Important: You can’t create breakout rooms if there are more than 300 people in a meeting. Likewise, if you create breakout rooms before a meeting, you won’t be able to invite more than 300 people. 

For more info about managing large Teams meetings, see Best practices for a large Teams meeting.

In this article

Create breakout rooms

Join a breakout room

Assign people to breakout rooms manually

Leave a breakout room

Appoint breakout rooms managers

Interact with breakout room participants

Rename breakout rooms

Close breakout rooms

Set a time limit for the breakout session

Room assignments in recurring meetings

Start using the breakout rooms

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