Raise hand in a Skype group call or meeting

19/10/2020 | Skype Blogs | What's New

The Skype team has added the ability to Raise Hand during a group call, with 8.65 released on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iPhone, and iPad. During a meeting, if a participant wants to say something without interrupting the ongoing conversation, they can virtually raise their hand to have a chance to speak in the call. This feature is available on all platforms in Skype, including mobile, desktop and web.

How to Raise hand?

To raise your hand during a group call, on desktop, select Raise Hand from the call controls in the bottom right corner of your screen. On mobile, tap the More menu (three dots), and tap Raise Hand.

Raise hand in desktop

When someone raises their hand, everyone in the call gets the notification and the button for Raise Hand changes to Lower Hand for that person, giving them the option to lower their hand whenever they want.

Notification that someone raised a hand in desktop

Once the participant who raised their hand finishes speaking, they can lower their hand. People in the call can also select to lower hands of other participants either by selecting the Lower Hand option in the participant’s context menu (three dots) or in the participant list.

Someone else Raised hand in desktop

Users can also see the participants who have raised their hands in the participant list, in alphabetical order, as shown below. There is no limit to how many time you can raise your hand in a call, even is someone else lowers it for you.

List of people who raised their hand in desktop

Have you tried this feature in moderated groups yet? When a participant wants to say something, they can raise their hand. However, only admins can lower participants’ hands in moderated group calls. Even if admin lowers participant’s hand, they can still raise it afterwards.

Note: This feature is only available in group calls.

Ramya, Skype Engineer


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