If you want to prevent users from using the Zoom Apps feature in Windows 11/10, here is how you can set things up. You can disable the Zoom Apps feature using the Local Group Policy Editor and the Registry Editor.
Zoom is one of the video conferencing apps, which offers third-party apps to be installed and connected to enrich the functionality and user experience. There are tons of Zoom apps for different purposes that you can install and let others use in an organization. However, if you want to block others or Zoom from using any app due to any reason, here is what you need to change.
It is possible to use the Group Policy to make the change on Windows 11/10. However, installing or adding the Group Policy template for Zoom is required since the client doesn’t add anything by default. If you want to bypass that hassle, you can always use the Registry Editor method.
How to prevent users from using Zoom Apps
To prevent users from using Zoom Apps using the Local Group Policy Editor, follow these steps:
- Press Win+R to open the Run dialog box.
- Type gpedit.msc, and click the OK button.
- Go to Zoom General Settings in Computer Configuration.
- Double-click on the Set to disable Zoom Apps feature setting.
- Select the Enabled option.
- Click the OK button.
- Restart the Zoom app.
To know more about these steps, keep reading.
For getting started, you need to open the Local Group Policy Editor on your computer. For that, press Win+R to display the Run prompt, type gpedit.msc, and click the OK button.
After opening it, navigate to the following path:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Classic Administrative Templates > Zoom Meetings > Zoom General Settings
On the right side, you can find a setting called Set to disable Zoom Apps feature. You need to double-click on this setting and select the Enabled option.
Click the OK button and close all the windows.
At last, restart the Zoom app on your computer to get the change.
If you want to revert the change, you need to open the same setting in the Local Group Policy Editor and select the Not Configured option.
How to disable Zoom Apps feature in Windows 11/10
To disable the Zoom Apps feature using the Registry Editor in Windows 11/10, follow these steps:
- Press Win+R > type regedit.
- Click the OK button, and select the Yes option.
- Right-click on the Policies > New > Key.
- Set the name as Zoom.
- Select the Zoom key and right-click on an empty space.
- Select New > Key from the context menu.
- Name it Zoom Meetings.
- Right-click on Zoom Meetings > New > Key.
- Enter General as the name.
- Right-click on General > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Name it as DisableZoomApps.
- Double-click on it to set the Value data as 1.
- Click the OK button.
- Restart your computer and open the Zoom app.
Let’s check out these steps in detail.
First, press Win+R, type regedit and click the OK button. If your computer shows the UAC prompt, click the Yes button to open Registry Editor. Following that, navigate to the following path:
Right-click on the Policies, select the New > Key option and enter the name as Zoom. Then, follow the same steps to create a sub-key named Zoom Meetings under the Zoom key. After that, you need to repeat the same steps to create another sub-key named General under Zoom Meetings key.
Once the General key is created, right-click on it, select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value, and name it DisableZoomApps.
By default, it comes with a value data of 0. You need to double-click on it and set it as 1 to disable the Zoom Apps feature.
At last, click the OK button, close all windows, and restart your computer to get the change.
If you want to revert this change or get the Zoom Apps feature back, you need to open the DisableZoomApps REG_DWORD value and delete it from Registry Editor. For that, right-click on it, select the Delete option and click the Yes option to confirm.
How do I stop people from entering Zoom?
You can use two options or features to stop people from entering Zoom – enable Allow only signed-in users to join and Require a meeting passcode. If you enable the first feature, Zoom won’t allow users to join when they are not signed into their Zoom account. It will help you block guest users from entering your Zoom meeting. If you enable the second option, all the users require a passcode to enter your Zoom meeting. You can share the password with only trusted people that you want to join.
Can you restrict Zoom attendees?
Yes, you can restrict Zoom attendees using the same method as above. You need to turn on two features as mentioned in the earlier guide. Those two options help you restrict users from entering your Zoom meeting without a valid identity.
That’s all! Hope this tutorial helped you prevent others from using the Zoom Apps feature.