How to give mouse control in Zoom

During a video conference on the Zoom platform, users have many additional options. The most interesting thing is that when you enable screen sharing, you can allow another participant to move the mouse cursor, for example, for drawing or for some other purpose. But the setting of this function is not obvious to everyone. Let’s see how to issue rights mouse and keyboard control to Zoom.


There are quite a few scenarios for using this function, especially during the online lesson (and not only). So there is no point in dwelling on them. It’s much wiser to jump straight to using it. Remote control of the mouse and keyboard is available both on the computer and in the Zoom mobile application. But in the second variant, it is somewhat limited.

PC program

You must first turn on screen sharing, to be able to turn on the transfer of control function. As a result, a new menu will appear at the top of the screen. When there are two or more participants in the conference, this panel will display the «Remote Control» button.Remote control option on PCClick on it, and then select the user who is given access to the mouse cursor and keyboard.

If desired, any participant in the conversation can request it himself. For this:

  1. First, he could click on the «View Options» button.
  2. Then he could choose «Request Remote Control».Request remote control option on PC
  3. At end, he could on the blue button in the confirmation window.
  4. Now you click on «Approve» in the form that appears.Approve button in request remote control option on PC

If necessary, remote access can be disabled in two simple steps:

  1. Again in the top menu, click on the «Remote controlled» button.
  2. Click on the red «Stop…» button.Stop remote control option on PC

Now the person will not be able to move the cursor or type on the keyboard on the screen that you show in the video conference.

Mac OS

On computers and laptops running Mac OS, this function may not work by default. In this case, activate it in the system parameters by following the steps below:

  1. Open «System Preferences».Open System Preferences on Mac OS
  2. Visit the «Security & Privacy» section.Security & Privacy in System Preferences window
  3. Click on the lock icon.
  4. Enter the admin password in the text field and click «Unlock».Unlock protection in Security & Privacy window
  5. Go to the «Privacy» tab.
  6. Go to «Accessability» from the left menu.
  7. Activate «».Enabling remote access for Mac OS

If this program is not available, do this:

  1. Click on the plus sign.Add remote access program for Mac OS
  2. In the browser that appears, visit the «Application» section.
  3. Select «» at the end of the list.
  4. Click the «Open» button.Add to remote access program for Mac OS

In the end, click on the «lock» again to turn the protection back on, close the preferences window and restart the Zoom app. Now the remote control will now work correctly.

Mobile app

On Android and iOS, there is no option to request a remote control. The person, who starts screen sharing, can give it from the «Remote control» menu. Choose user in the «Give Mouse/Keyboard Control to» block.Give Mouse and Keyboard Control optionAs a result, a new round icon will appear in the Zoom mobile application. Tap on it to access the cursor.Take remote control icon in mobile appYou can use swipes to move the mouse across the screen. The following gestures are available:

  • Pull two fingers together to zoom out.
  • Pull out to zoom in.
  • Single press – left mouse click.
  • Long press – right mouse click.

To start entering text, tap on the highlighted icon:Keyboard icon in remote control menu in mobile app

It is much more convenient to control someone else’s screen if you hold your smartphone or tablet in a landscape position.

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