Zoom - Change/Use Host Key (Join Before Host)


  • What is a Zoom Host key?
  • Where do I locate my Zoom Host key?
  • Where do I find my Zoom Host key?
  • How do I change my Zoom Host key?
  • Can I change my Zoom Host key?
  • What do I do with my Zoom Host key?
  • How do I use my Zoom Host key?
  • How do I find the Zoom Host key?
  • Can I share my Zoom host key with others?


  • Oregon State University
    • Faculty/Staff
    • Students
  • Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10
  • Mac
  • Mobile Device - iOS/Mac
  • Zoom Users


You can locate your 6-digit host key within your Zoom Profile page. You can edit and enter your preferred 6-digit Host Key at any time. 6-digits are required.

The Host Key is provided for starting meetings and claiming host controls using the Zoom client, for phone conferencing, or using an H.323/SIP Video Conferencing device.

In Zoom audio-only meetings, it allows the meeting host (or other participant who knows the Host Key) to start the meeting by entering the 6-digit pin when prompted by the Auto Attendant. After entering the Host Key on a conference call, the meeting will start and others will be able to join as participants. The host of the meeting will have host controls available to them.

It can also be used on the Zoom desktop application by selecting "Participants" and "Claim Host" to reclaim host controls when not signed in.


Method 1 - Find/Edit your Host Key


  1. Login to your Profile page at oregonstate.zoom.us.
  2. Scroll down to the Host Key section.
  3. Select Show next to your Host Key ****** to view your current 6-digit pin.
  4. Select Edit.
  5. Input the new Host Key desired and select Save.


Method 2 - Use your Host Key (Join Before Host)


  1. Join the Zoom meeting.
  2. Click on Participants.
  3. Click Claim Host
  4. Enter the Host key. (Host Key for whomever scheduled meeting) 
  5. Click Claim Host.
  6. Once the host key is verified, you will have host controls in the meeting.

For assistance, contact the IS Service Desk.

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