Zoom updated with ‘Raise Hand’, ‘Thumbs Up’ gesture recognition and other new features

Video conferencing app Zoom has been updated with new features including gesture recognition on iPad alongside Focus Mode, chat sidebar enhancements, and more. Gesture recognition adds a new layer of visual interaction to conference calls allowing users to make gestures to use a corresponding meeting reaction.


Zoom for iPad gains gesture recognition

Currently, the feature currently supports the “Raise Hand” and “Thumbs Up” reactions. If a user raises their hands or gives a thumbs up in real life, a hands or thumbs up icon will subsequently appear in the Zoom meeting. A raised hand usually means a user has a question and would like to be unmuted by the host to speak. As stated in the announcement post:

We added some great new iPad functionality and our newest iPad feature takes expression to the next level by bringing some of your real-life gestures into your meeting. Automatic reactions from gesture recognition enables users to use visual gestures, such as a raised hand, to automatically use a corresponding meeting reaction. Currently, this feature only supports the Raise Hand and Thumbs Up reactions.

Here’s how to enable gesture recognition on Zoom:

  1. Tap the More button.
  2. Tap Meeting Settings.
  3. Under the Gestures section, tap the toggle next to Raise Hand and/or Thumbs Up to enable gesture recognition.

The video conferencing app also received a new Focus Mode, chat sidebar enhancements, and other features in the latest update. Focus Mode allows the host of the meeting to see other people’s videos and shared screens. The feature is aimed at helping students avoid distractions during their online classes.


The update also adds the ability to seamlessly transfer a meeting from mobile to desktop to minimize interruptions. In addition, meetings hosts can now limit screen sharing for meetings with external participants to prevent the sharing of sensitive information.

iPad and iPhone users can download Zoom’s latest update from the App Store today.

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