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How to find the Zoom meeting password

Zoom is an open, non-restrictive tool for online meetings. This means that you can invite anyone to join a meeting regardless if they have a Zoom account or if they are a contact. Unlike Microsoft Teams, Zoom isn’t tied down to domains or an Active Directory. 

Zoom meeting password

With this open and non-restrictive model comes certain problems i.e., Zoom bombing where people join a meeting with the intent to disrupt it. To counter this Zoom has passwords for meetings that control access and entry to a meeting.

Find the Zoom meeting password

A password to a Zoom meeting is generated automatically for an ad-hoc or a scheduled meeting. A host has the option to use a custom password or to use the one that has been set by Zoom. 

This password is included in the link and the invitation to a Zoom meeting. Normally, when a user clicks on a meeting link, the password is entered automatically. 

Zoom meeting password in link

If you want to check whether or not the meeting link you have contains the password as well, you must examine it carefully and understand the anatomy of the link.

Example Zoom meeting link:

https://us05web.zoom.us/j/4228086622?pwd=WFk4SSt5b2J0UGNrZVBZYVRnVGtRdz09

If you look closely at the link, you will find ‘pwd’ after the ? symbol. Everything that follows after the question mark is a string that encrypts the password. This link basically includes the password and clicking it will take you to the meeting. You cannot copy and paste this as the password though.

1. Find Zoom meeting password – Desktop/Web

The only other way to find the Zoom meeting password is to ask the host. The host will be able to find and share the unencrypted password.

If the meeting as already started, you can find the Zoom meeting password by following these steps.

  1. Click the Participants button.
  2. Click Invite in the panel that opens.
  3. Look at the bottom right and you will see the password.

If the meeting has been scheduled but has not started yet, you can find the password by following these steps.

  1. Open Zoom and go to meetings.
  2. Select the meeting and click Edit.
  3. On the edit screen, look for the password field.
  4. Copy and share the password with invitees.

2. Find Zoom meeting password – Mobile

On the Zoom mobile apps, you cannot find the password to an in-progress meeting however you can find it for a scheduled meeting that hasn’t started yet.

  1. Open Zoom and go to the Meeting tab.
  2. Tap the meeting you want to find the passcode to.
  3. Find the Passcode field on the Meeting Details screen.

Conclusion

You should be careful with the passcode for a meeting. Never share it over an unsecure channel and do not share it with anyone unless you know they are on the invitees list.

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