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Breakout rooms in Adobe Connect meetings

  1. Adobe Connect User Guide
  2. Introduction
    1. What's New in Adobe Connect
    2. Adobe Connect meeting room basics
    3. Adobe Connect Capabilities in HTML Client
    4. Adobe Connect application for desktop
    5. Adobe Connect technical specifications and system requirements
    6. Keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Connect
  3. Adobe Connect Meeting
    1. Start, attend, and manage Adobe Connect meetings and sessions
    2. Host and Presenter Area in Adobe Connect
    3. Adobe Connect application for desktop
    4. Adobe Connect pre-meeting diagnostic test
    5. Adobe Connect Central home page
    6. Share content during an Adobe Connect meeting
    7. Update and manage Adobe Connect meetings
    8. View meeting reports and analytics data
    9. Notes, chat, Q&A, polls, and quiz in Adobe Connect meeting
    10. Accessibility features in Adobe Connect
    11. Keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Connect
    12. Create virtual meeting rooms and arrange layouts
    13. Breakout rooms in Adobe Connect meetings
    14. Manage meeting attendees in Adobe Connect
  4. Adobe Connect administration and maintenance
    1. Enabling Adobe Connect HTML client
    2. Enabling single sign-on in Adobe Connect
    3. Change the timeout period
    4. Configure audio providers for Universal Voice
    5. Create and import users and groups in Adobe Connect
    6. Enhance Adobe Connect account security
    7. Generate usage reports in Adobe Connect Central
    8. Administer and manage Adobe Connect accounts
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    10. Set permissions for library files and folders
    11. Back up user data, database, and settings of Adobe Connect server
    12. Build custom reports from Adobe Connect database
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    14. Manage and monitor Adobe Connect server logs
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    1. About Adobe Connect courses and curriculum for training
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    5. Create and manage training curriculum in Adobe Connect
    6. About Virtual Classrooms in Adobe Connect
    7. Adobe Connect reports to monitor training features
    8. Participate in Adobe Connect training sessions and meetings
    9. Closed captioning in Adobe Connect
  7. Audio and video conferencing in Adobe Connect
    1. Audio in Adobe Connect meetings
    2. Record and play back Adobe Connect meetings
    3. Video in Adobe Connect meetings
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Create and manage Breakout rooms in Adobe Connect meetings. Manage meeting audio, meeting video, and layout in Breakout rooms.

Breakout rooms are sub rooms that can be created within a meeting or training session. They are useful for splitting a large group into smaller groups that can talk or collaborate. Breakout rooms can be used in meetings and training sessions with 200 or fewer people in the meeting room. Hosts can create up to 20 breakout rooms for a single meeting or training session.

For example, if you have 20 people in a session, you can create four breakout rooms and move five attendees to each room. In the breakout rooms, the attendees can speak to each other depending on the audio configuration. They can use the Chat pod, collaborate on a whiteboard, and share their screens. The host can visit all the Breakout rooms to assist and answer questions.

  • Up to 20 breakout rooms can be created
  • Max 200 participants across all the breakout rooms
  • The maximum number of users allowed in a single breakout room varies with the audio conferencing provider used. The maximum number of users in a single breakout room for VoIP-only sessions is 200.

When work in the breakout rooms is complete, the host can end the breakout session and return attendees to the main room. Hosts can share what happened in the breakout rooms with everyone. If necessary, the host can return attendees to their same breakout rooms. If you use the room again, you can reuse the breakout room layout and content. (However, the assignment of attendees to breakout rooms isn't retained.)

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When an audio conference is in progress, the number of breakout rooms cannot exceed the number supported by the audio provider. If in any of the breakout rooms the number of users exceed the maximum number supported by the audio provider, breakout rooms cannot be started.


Adobe Connect administrators can change pods, share, and other settings to adhere to standards for governance. These settings affect the layout of meeting rooms and what you can do in meeting rooms. For more information, see Working with compliance and control settings.

Audio in breakout rooms


Breakout rooms are not recorded and will not be available as part of session recordings. If your organization requires recording all online conversations, consider using the compliance and control settings to disable breakout rooms. Check Working with compliance and control settings.

Telephony only rooms

Each breakout becomes a separate audio conference if an integrated telephony provider supports Adobe Connect breakout rooms. All attendees automatically return to the main audio conference line when breakout rooms are closed.

When using a non-integrated provider that supports audio breakouts, manually configure your telephony breakouts (using private audio bridges) to match the online breakout rooms.

VoIP only rooms

A separate VoIP audio channel is created for each breakout room, allowing each to have separate conversations. Participants are automatically assigned the role of presenter in a breakout room, giving them full VoIP rights. When a host ends a breakout session, everyone returns to the main meeting room and VoIP audio channel.


If VoIP is not possible, attendees can use the Chat pod to communicate in breakout rooms.

Rooms with Mixed Audio or Universal Voice

Universal Voice or Mixed Audio is a way to build a bridge between telephony and VoIP Communication so that users connected to VoIP can communicate with users connected to telephony and vice versa.

Creating Universal Voice sub-conferences for breakout rooms can take about a minute. When setting up a sub-conference for a breakout room, you can view it loading in the Attendees pod against the breakout room name.

Once the breakout room is set, the Attendees pod will update to show a green icon signaling that participants in the breakout room can communicate with each other now.

Loading breakout rooms

Breakout rooms with mixed audio


With the Adobe Connect 12.6 release, only the Meeting One adaptor will support mixed audio in breakout rooms. 

Video in breakout rooms

In the Breakout rooms, the Video pod behaves as follows:

  • Force Presenter View option is not available in a Breakout room.

  • Force Presenter View setting is preserved before and after a Breakout room is used.

  • Everyone goes out of the Full Screen mode when a Breakout room is started or ended.

About breakout room layouts

Hosts can use the default breakout room layout or design a new layout to use specifically with breakout rooms. Create a custom breakout room layout if you want to do preparatory work before sending content and people to breakout rooms. Creating custom layouts can help meetings go faster and be better organized.

There are cases where you want to have different layouts for different breakout rooms. For example, different breakout rooms can contain different content or attendee exercises. In this case, create separate layouts for the breakout rooms and ensure that the desired layout is active when you click Start Breakouts.

You can create a breakout room during the Preparing mode, while a meeting is in-progress, without disturbing the layout of the participants. When a breakout session is started, the layout created in the Preparing mode is used.

If you want different content in each breakout room but do not require different layouts, prepare the rooms before attendees join the meeting or training session. First configure the number of breakout rooms required. Then, click Start Breakouts and move yourself from room to room, loading the required content into each Share pod. Then, end the breakouts. When attendees join and you click Start Breakouts again, the content is ready. (If necessary, you can also alter the layout and content of breakout rooms during a meeting.)

If the Host & Presenter Area is open during an Adobe Connect session, it does not close when starting a Breakout session. This allows the Hosts to retain the pods available in the POA. For example, Hosts can continue to manage the attendees and their rights in the breakout rooms from the Attendees pod.

Create and manage breakout rooms

Define breakout rooms and assign members

While in a meeting or training session, hosts can create breakout rooms and send attendees into the rooms.

  1. In the Attendees pod, choose Breakout Room View from the options menu   in the upper-right corner.


    Only the host sees the Breakout Room View of the Attendees pod.

  2. In the Attendees pod, three breakout rooms are available by default. Click the Create A New Breakout button until you have the number of rooms you want (the maximum available is 20).
  3. Assign attendees to breakout rooms by doing either of the following:
    • Manually select an attendee name in the list (Control-click or Shift-click to select multiple attendees). Then, either select Change Breakout Room from the pop-up menu, or drag attendees to a breakout room.

    • Automatically assign attendees to breakout rooms by clicking the Distribute (Evenly Distribute From Main button). (Attendees previously assigned to specific breakout rooms remain in those rooms.)

    Before and after dragging attendees to different breakout rooms
    Before and after dragging attendees to different breakout rooms

Rotate the breakout rooms

When the attendees are assigned to breakout rooms, you can use the Rotate button to rotate the participants among the breakout rooms in one click. Adobe Connect assigns each attendee to the next breakout room in the list.

  1. Click Rotate on the top of the Attendees pod.

    Move attendees from one room to another
    Move attendees from one room to another


The Rotate feature is only available to Hosts in HTML Client.

Manage participant rights and permissions in breakout rooms

In breakout room, participants need permissions to use the pods to do their work and engage with each other using the pods. Such permissions, called enhanced rights in Adobe Connect, are available by default on the Share Pod, on the Notes Pod, on the Whiteboard, on the File Share Pod, and for audio and video sharing when a breakout session starts. The permissions are restored to their previous state after a breakout room ends and everyone joins in the main meeting room.

Hosts can change these enhanced rights before starting a breakout session or during a breakout. In the latter case, to give enhanced rights, move the participant to the Main Meeting, give the rights, and move the participant to their breakout room. Host & Presenter Area is retained after a BOR starts. Hosts can continue to use the pods that they moved to Host & Presenter Area.

To give Enhanced Participant Rights in a breakout session, follow these steps.

  1. Click Breakout Room View () on the top of the title bar to preview the breakout rooms. Drag the users manually to each breakout room or distribute uniformly by clicking 'Evenly Distribute by Clicking Main' ().

  2. Follow the steps from Assign enhanced participant rights.


You can give enhanced rights to only the participants and not to the Hosts and Presenters of a meeting.

Begin a breakout session

In breakout rooms, attendees are automatically assigned the role of presenter. They can share their voice, share content in the Share pod, modify whiteboards, and add text to the Notes pod. When attendees are returned to the main room, they revert to their prior status.


All attendees, even ones who sign in as guests, can download shared content in breakout rooms.

  1. In the Attendees pod, define breakout rooms, and assign attendees to the rooms.
  2. Click Start Breakouts.

    Attendees are placed in the breakout rooms to which they were assigned.

    Breakout room with attendees assigned as Presenters.
    Breakout room with attendees assigned as Presenters.


    If you are recording a meeting or training session and send attendees to breakout rooms, the recording continues to record only the main room. Edit such a recording so that users watching the recording do not see an empty main room. For more information, see Edit a recorded meeting.

Rename a breakout room

  1. In the Attendees pod, select the breakout room that you want to rename.

  2. To edit the name of the selected breakout room, click Edit ().


The Rename feature is only available to Hosts in HTML Client.

When you rename a breakout room, all the existing pods will be automatically updated to reflect the new breakout name.

Visiting breakout rooms

When breakout rooms are in use, hosts can visit different rooms, including the main room.

  1. To visit another room, drag your name to it in the Attendees pod.

Send a message to all attendees in breakout rooms

Hosts can broadcast messages to all breakout rooms. This feature can be useful if you have noticed one or more rooms have a similar question. It is a good practice to send attendees a warning message a few minutes before ending breakout sessions and returning them to the main room. This mechanism allows attendees to finish speaking, loading files, and working on the whiteboard before a breakout session ends.

  1. Click Breakout Room View () on the top of the title bar, and choose Broadcast Message

  2. Type the message in the Broadcast Message box, and then click Send.

    Attendees in all rooms see the message in the center of the Adobe Connect window.

Communicate attendee status in breakout rooms

Either with or without the Host present, use the options in the Status View of the Attendees pod. For example, ask a question and ask the attendees to respond by using the status options Agree or Disagree.

For more information, see Communicate with training or meeting attendees.

Hosts in the main meeting room can see the status changes of any user in a BOR.

Conduct a poll in breakout rooms

Hosts can conduct separate polls in each individual breakout room by placing themselves in the rooms and opening Poll pods.

For general information about polling, see Polling attendees.

Asking and answering questions in breakout rooms

Attendees in breakout rooms can ask a question at any time, whether a host is in their breakout room or not.

  • To verbally ask a host in the same breakout room a question, use the audio provided (VoIP or telephony).
  • To type a question for hosts in the same breakout room, use the Chat pod menu to send a message to the host. The host can then respond in the Chat pod to the attendee alone or everyone.
  • To ask all hosts in the meeting a question, type in the Send Message To Hosts box, and then click the Send button . The question appears to all meeting hosts in a small message box with the attendee’s name. Hosts can respond by entering the attendee’s breakout room and using the Chat pod.

Chatting in breakout rooms

If the Chat pod is available in the breakout room, use chat to communicate with others in your room only. You cannot chat with attendees in different breakout rooms.

For general information about using the Chat pod, see Chat in meetings.

End a breakout session

Only hosts can end a breakout session. When breakout rooms are closed, all attendees are returned to the main meeting room.

  1. In the Breakout Room View of the Attendees pod, click End Breakout.

    Hosts can end a Breakout session by clicking End Breakouts.
    Hosts can end a Breakout session by clicking End Breakouts.

Share breakout room content in main room

After ending a breakout session, hosts can share the contents of a single breakout room with everyone in the main room.

  1. Choose Breakout Pods from the menu   at the top of the title bar.

  2. Select a breakout room name, and then select Chat, or Share.

    The selected content appears in a new floating pod. The contents are view only and cannot be changed or edited.

Reopen closed breakout rooms

After ending a breakout session, you can return attendees to the breakout rooms again. The configuration of rooms and assigned users remains in place for the entire meeting.

  1. In the Attendees pod, click the Breakout Room View from the options menu   in the upper-right corner.

  2. (Optional) Add a room, delete a room, or move the attendees to different rooms.

  3. Click Start Breakouts.

Remove breakout rooms


In the Pods menu, pods from breakout rooms remain available until you remove them in the Attendees pod.

  • To remove all rooms, choose Remove All Rooms from the options menu   in the upper-right corner. To store pod content, select Save pod information for future reference, and enter a session name. (You can access saved pods from the Breakout Pods).
  • To remove an individual breakout room, including all pods and content it contains, click the X button to the right of the room name. The numbering of subsequent rooms is adjusted to ensure continuity.


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