Miro’s breakouts helps you prepare and run group activities on the board. Divide participants into smaller groups and give them a specific task to encourage participation. With breakouts, you can guide them to their own virtual collaboration space to create meaningful connections.
Setting up breakout rooms
Open breakouts in the top-right corner of the board next to your avatar.
Breakouts on a Miro board
Select the number of breakout rooms on the Breakouts panel and click Create rooms.
You will see the list of rooms and will be able to link a frame and assign participants to each room. You can assign a user to one breakout room only. Note that you can only assign users that are currently online on the board.
Assigning users to breakout rooms
Once everyone is assigned you will see the notification.
The notification that you see once everyone on the board is assigned to breakout rooms
Feel free to rename rooms, delete certain ones, and add new rooms. To add a new room, click the plus button.
Renaming a room and adding a new room
If you enable the toggle Lock participants to linked frame, the participants will not be able to move to other frames on the board during the breakout session unless they leave their breakout room.
Click Start breakouts to kick off the session.
✏️ Please note that these Miro Breakout groups 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 breakouts 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 room they wish.
Participants can leave their rooms and join other breakouts during the session.
Leaving and joining breakout rooms
✏️ If your participants’ view is locked to frames in their breakouts, they cannot leave the frame unless they leave the breakout room to which the frame is linked.
During the session, the facilitator can see the number of participants and their avatars in each room and assign users to specific frames. To stop the session and make the participants leave breakouts, click the corresponding button.
How a breakout session looks for the facilitator
Using breakout rooms in Smart meetings
Miro Smart meetings are a single place to launch activities on your board. You can add the breakouts activity to specific slides during your meeting or presentation in Miro. Learn more about Miro Smart meetings on this page.
Saving breakouts as a template
If you save your board as a template, the breakout rooms 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 breakouts with Zoom
You can use Miro breakouts with Zoom together to speed up the decision-making process in your team.
- In Miro, prepare content for breakouts and link rooms 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 rooms 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 rooms 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.