How to enable webinar practice session


A webinar practice session enables you to set up webinar controls before your webinar starts. The practice session is open to the host, alternate host, or panelist.

The host, alternate host, and panelist just need to attend the webinar before the host begins broadcasting the webinar live to the participant because the webinar starts during the practice session at the start of the session. If everyone is ready, the host or co-host may begin broadcasting.


Note: before the real webinar, you may practice session days. You may start the workout, broadcast, and stop the event without affecting your ability to begin the webinar at the current start date/time.

Enabling webinar practice session

  1. Log in to the online portal Zoom.
  2. Click on webinars.
  3. Schedule a webinar or click on the title of an existing webinar.
  4. Click Edit this Webinar.
  5. Click the Enable Practice Session checkbox in the Webinar Options section.

Starting webinar practice session

Participants will not be allowed to participate in the practice. Only one active practice session may be held for each webinar. For instance, if the host starts a practical session, an alternate host begins one, they are in the same practice session.


Desktop Client

  1. Log in to the Zoom desktop client.
  2. Start the webinar before the starting date/time under the Home or Meetings tab.
  3. On top of the zoom window, the host, alternate host, and panelists will see a banner that lets them know they are in practice mode.

Web portal

  1. Log in to the online portal Zoom.
  2. Click Webinars in the navigation menu.
  3. Click on a practice session webinar.
  4. Click Start Session Practice.

Starting a webinar while in a practice session

  1. Click Start Webinar on the top banner.
  2. Click Start to start the webinar and let the webinar participants.
  3. At the top of the Zoom window, the host and other panelists will see the webinar is live now.

Note: This will not alter the initial time you specified when the webinar is scheduled. If you want to attend the practice session prior to the planned start time, we suggest arranging with the panelists so that the practice session does not enter the scheduled start time.



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