Zoom, Sign Language Interpretation

This article details Zoom's sign language features available in Zoom meetings and webinars.


The Sign Language Interpretation feature is available for all UIUC Zoom meeting hosts.  Please review the information below to enable the feature, and use it during Zoom meetings and webinars.

Client requirements:

  • Zoom desktop client
    • Windows: 5.11.3
    • macOS: 5.11.3
    • Linux: 5.11.3
  • Zoom mobile app
    • Android: 5.12.0
    • iOS: 5.12.0
  • Zoom web client


  • The minimum version applies to all users in the meeting or webinar, including the host, participants, and sign language interpreters.
  • Hosts must join the meeting or webinar through the Zoom desktop client to manage and initiate interpretation. They cannot join with any other clients, such as the Zoom mobile app or web client.


  • Hosts can assign up to 20 users as sign language interpreters
  • At this time, sign language interpreters’ videos are not included in recordings.
  • Sign Language interpretation cannot be used with Personal Meeting IDs (PMI). To include sign language interpretation when scheduling, choose the option Generate Automatically for the Meeting or Webinar ID.
  • Hosts must join the meeting or webinar through the Zoom desktop client to manage and initiate interpretation. They cannot join with any other clients, such as the Zoom mobile app or web client.
  • This feature must be enabled when scheduling a meeting or webinar, and thus cannot be used for an instant meeting.

Enable the Sign Language Interpretation setting

At the moment, meeting hosts that wish to use Sign Language Interpretation in their meetings need to navigate to illinois.zoom.us/profile/setting to enable the feature.  The Sign Language Interpretation setting is located just below the Language Interpretation setting in the In-Meeting (Advanced) section of the Meeting settings tab.  Click the toggle to enable.  You can also check the Box below the top level setting to automatically add Sign language interpretation by default to each meeting you schedule.

To enable or disable Sign Language interpretation for your own use:

  1. Sign in to the Zoom web portal.
  2. In the navigation menu, click Settings.
  3. Click the Meeting tab.
  4. Under In Meeting (Advanced), click the Sign Language interpretation toggle to enable or disable it.
    Note: If the option is grayed out, it has been locked at either the group or account level. You need to contact your Zoom admin.
  5. If a verification dialog appears, click Enable or Disable to verify the change.
    When enabled, 10 default languages will appear below the setting. This is the list that will be available when scheduling.
  6. (Optional) Select the Enable sign language interpretation by default in scheduler check box to enable it as a default setting when scheduling meetings or webinars, then click Save.
  7. (Optional) To add another language to the list of available languages when scheduling, click the plus icon plus icon to add more interpreters, enter the name of the language, then click Add.

Please navigate to the following Zoom Support articles for more information on how to use Sign Language Interpretation in your Zoom meetings and webinars.

How to schedule a meeting or webinar with sign language interpreters

How to manage the list of interpreters before a meeting or webinar

How to use interpretation during a meeting or webinar as the host

Add or remove someone from interpreter role

Start or end the interpretation feature for everyone

Allow a sign language interpreter to talk

How to manage your sign language interpreter role

How to view a Sign Language Interpretation video channel as a participant

Keywords:assign, ASL,   Doc ID:122037
Owner:Martin L.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2022-10-21 10:03 CDTUpdated:2022-10-21 11:21 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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