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Setting a Passcode for a Zoom Meeting

Starting September 27th, Zoom will require that all meetings have a Passcode or a Waiting Room enabled. By default, MIT Zoom accounts will automatically have the waiting room enabled.

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Zoom has published a resource with several recommendations.

The instructions below were created on the Zoom desktop app for MacOS. Other platforms and devices will vary slightly.


To reduce disruption to your Zoom sessions from those who are not the intended invitees, MIT strongly recommends the following guidelines for all MIT Zoom meeting hosts:

  • For sessions that are part of our remote teaching effort, we strongly urge allowing only Touchstone-authenticated participants.
  • For uses other than remote teaching, if non-MIT attendees are invited, we strongly recommend requiring a meeting passcode.

MIT does not recommend allowing attendees to join any Zoom session without requiring either a passcode or Touchstone authentication.

Set a Passcode for Your Zoom Meeting

Require a passcode to enter the room that you communicate only to attendees. This option is set during meeting scheduling.

  1. Start Zoom
  2. Click the Schedule button.
  3. Under Meeting Options select Require meeting passcode
  4. Specify a strong passcode

  5. Be sure to click Schedule to save your settings and schedule your meeting.
    Result: Only users who have the passcode will be able to join your meeting. Be sure to let your participants know the passcode far enough in advance of the meeting they will be able to attend.

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July 14, 2024

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