Miro breakout frames help you prepare and run group activities on the board. Divide participants into smaller groups and give them a specific task to encourage participation. With breakout frames, you can guide them to their own virtual collaboration space to create meaningful connections.
Available for: select users on Business, Education, and Enterprise plans
Set up by: board owners, board co-owners; editors can join
Setting up breakout frames
Open breakouts on the collaboration toolbar in the top-right corner of the board. You can either pick a frame on the board or click Create breakout frames and link frames later.
Breakout frames on the toolbar
If you choose to pick a frame, you can easily create multiple frames with the exact same content: pick a frame on the board, choose the number of frames on the dropdown menu and push the blue button Create breakout frames. The frames with the same content will appear on the board next to the original frame and will be automatically linked to breakouts.
Bulk breakout frames creation
You can link frames to breakouts, unlink, and assign participants to each breakout frame on the Breakout frames panel. You can assign a user to one breakout only. Note that you can only assign users that are currently online on the board.
The options to assign users and link frames to breakouts
Feel free to rename breakout frames, delete certain ones, and add new breakouts. To add a new breakout frame, click the plus button. The maximum number of breakout frames you can create in a single breakout frames session is 100. Once you reach the limit, the ability to create new breakout frames will be disabled and a tootlip will be displayed on hover.
Renaming a frame and adding a new frame
The toggle Lock participants to linked frame is disabled by default. When enabled, this prevents participants from navigating to other frames after joining a breakout. When disabled, participants can move freely to other frames on the board during the breakout session.
Click Start to kick off the session.
✏️ Please note that these Miro breakout frames aren’t connected yet to video conferencing breakouts and this is something that we’ll be looking into in the future. Learn how you can use Miro breakout frames with Zoom.
How it works for your board participants
Once you start a breakout session, your board participants can see the panel on the right side of the board. Assigned users get redirected to their frames. Other users can join any breakout frame they wish.
Participants can leave their frames and join other breakout frames during the session.
Leaving and joining breakouts
✏️ If your participants’ view is locked to frames in their breakouts, they cannot leave the frame unless they leave the breakout frame to which the frame is linked.
During the session, the facilitator can see the number of participants and their avatars in each frame and assign users to specific frames. To stop the session and make the participants leave breakout frames, click the corresponding button.
How a breakout session looks for the facilitator
Using breakout frames in presentations
Add the breakout frames activity to specific slides of your meeting or presentation in Miro and save it in advance. Learn more about Presenting with activities.
Saving breakout frames as a template
If you save your board as a template, the breakout frames on the board will automatically be saved with the template as well.
Saving the board as a template
You can use the custom template later to create the same breakout experience for your board participants.
Using Miro breakout frames and Zoom breakout rooms together
You can use Miro breakouts and Zoom breakouts together to speed up the decision-making process in your team.
- In Miro, prepare content for breakout frames and link breakouts with frames.
- Start breakouts in Zoom and assign your participants to rooms.
- Make sure you have the same number of rooms in Zoom and in Miro, you can easily add & delete frames if needed in Miro.
- Start breakouts in Miro and ask participants to join the same room they are assigned to in Zoom. This will prevent you from manually assigning each person in both applications. You could still observe all breakouts and adjust assignments yourself if some users need guidance.
💡 Learn how you can collaborate on Miro boards inside your Zoom meetings with the Miro app for Zoom.