Comparison of Zoom Desktop Client and Mobile Application

See the table below for a comparison of features between the Zoom desktop client, mobile app, and web client.

Note: The Zoom desktop client, mobile app, and web client have different features than the Zoom web portal. The Zoom web portal is primarily used for changing your profilemeeting settings and Zoom Phone settings. You can also use the web portal to schedule, view, and edit meetings.

This article covers:




  • We recommend using the desktop client or mobile app. Only use the web client if can't access the other options.
  • Some features can be disabled by the account owner, admin, or host.
  • For Zoom Phone, see our comparison of Zoom Phone features.
  • The web client column applies to Firefox, Chrome, Edge, and Safari. The web client on Internet Explorer does not support these features: share video or screen, join computer audio, view shared video, and simultaneous screen share.





Join computer audio

Mute/unmute mic

Start/stop video

Invite others to join meeting

Change your screen name for the meeting

Non-verbal feedback

Share screen

In-meeting chat

Start cloud recording

Start local recording


Request remote control

Gallery view

Participant in breakout rooms

Create, edit, and launch polls


Start breakout rooms (host only)


View pre-assigned participants in breakout rooms (if set up in web portal)



Live stream meeting


Lock meeting (don't allow other participants to join the meeting in progress)

Place the attendee in a virtual waiting room

Control if participants can share screen

Control if participants can use in-meeting chat

Control if participants can unmute or rename themselves

Enable/disable video receiving




Launch question and answer session

Launch polls


Live stream webinar


Stop a participant's video

Assign a participant to be the host

Assign a participant to be a co-host

Allow a participant to start or stop a recording

Assign a participant to type closed caption

Change a participant's name that is displayed to other participants


Remove participant from meeting

Mute/unmute all participants

Automatically mute participants as they join the meeting

Play chime when participants join and leave

Don't allow other participants to join the meeting in progress

Control who participants can chat with

Put a participant on hold

Share whiteboard

Annotate on shared screen or whiteboard

Pause your current shared screen


Show or hide names of annotators

Stop a participant's screen share (host and co-host only)


Control if multiple participants can share screen simultaneously


Add a personal note

Change profile photo or screen name
Note: On the desktop client, you will be redirected to the web portal to change your screen name

Manually change your status


Mark messages as unread


Edit your sent messages


Delete your sent messages, images, or files

Save images or files sent in the chat

Add messages to your starred list and view all messages you have starred


View starred messages in a specific chat

Use your personal chat space

Send images or files

View all files sent or all files received in chat


Share sent or received chat files with contacts


Send a capture of the current screen


Send animated GIFs



Send code snippets


Send emoticons

Encrypted chat

Store chat message history

Invite contacts to an existing chat

Change notifications for new channel messages

Add channels to your starred list and view channels you have starred

Create a channel

Edit a channel (must be a channel admin)

Invite members to a channel

Add contacts

Add contacts to your starred list and view contacts you have starred

Directory for contacts, channels, and Zoom Rooms

Add contact to auto-answer group


Automatically join meeting by computer or device audio

Automatically mute when joining meeting

Automatically call phone number to join meeting



Insert a link preview whenever a chat message contains a link


Change notification settings for chat

Manage blocked contacts


Display meeting reminders

Display connected meeting time

Display closed captions (if available)

Automatically disable your video when joining a meeting

Touch up appearance


Virtual Background

(iOS only) 

Note (A): Joining computer audio on Safari is only available for webinar attendees.

Note (B):

  • Screen sharing on Microsoft Edge requires Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise. It is not supported on Windows 10 Home. If you are running Windows 10 Home and need to share your screen, we recommend using Chrome or Firefox.
  • Screen sharing is not supported on Safari.