Update to Meeting and Webinar Password Account Settings

Tim Slagle
Sep 11, 2019 · 3 min read

Let’s get real about the developer impact for Zoom’s upcoming change to default to requiring passwords for Meetings and Webinars.

Zoom will be updating all accounts meeting and webinar password settings on September 22, 2019, empowering administrators with more control over your account settings.

What does this mean for developers?

  1. Going forward if you use a join flow that requires manually entering a meetingID into the Zoom UI, those users will be prompted for a password by default.
  2. If you use the join_url to join your users to the meeting, then nothing changes, because we already include the meeting password in the join_url when creating or retrieving a meeting from the API.

A few examples:

  1. You create a meeting/webinar with a password using the Zoom API

In this case, nothing changes. You are already familiar with creating meetings with passwords, and your payload would return with a password as part of the join URL and as a part of the payload object.

Take a look:

“uuid”: “+zA4sJrsCpPSFOw==”,
“id”: 70017,
“host_id”: “M — AC7MZ1Q”,
“topic”: “Test Meeting With Password”,
“type”: 2,
“status”: “waiting”,
“start_time”: “2019–12–25T06:00:00Z”,
“duration”: 60,
“timezone”: “Pacific/Midway”,
“created_at”: “2019–09–09T22:01:36Z”,
“start_url”: “https://zoom.us/s/700783617?zak=XXX",
“join_url”: “https://zoom.us/j/700783617?pwd=Y2I0ZnJtnhRdz09", //join_url contains the password as a query param
“password”: “TestPass”,
“h323_password”: “XXX”,
“pstn_password”: “XXX”,
“encrypted_password”: “Y2I0ZnJtnhRdz09”, //encrypted password for building join_url manually
“settings”: {}

2. You create a meeting with no password using our API.

In this case, you will see that a password (a six-digit numeric code) is automatically generated for the meeting. This is where you will need to look out for the new password if you are doing a manual join instead of using the join_url. If you are using the join_url, then nothing will change for you.

Here is another example payload (notice it is almost identical to the last payload):

"uuid": "+zA4sJrsCpPSFOw==",
"id": 70017,
"host_id": "M - AC7MZ1Q",
"topic": "Test Meeting Without Password",
"type": 2,
"status": "waiting",
"start_time": "2019–12–25T06:00:00Z",
"duration": 60,
"timezone": "Pacific/Midway",
"created_at": "2019–09–09T22:01:36Z",
"start_url": "https://zoom.us/s/700783617?zak=XXX",
"join_url": "https://zoom.us/j/700783617?pwd=Y2I0ZnJtnhRdz09", //join_url contains the password as a query param
"password": "254894", //auto generated password
"h323_password": "12345", //auto generated password
"pstn_password": "12345", //auto generated password
"encrypted_password": "Y2I0ZnJtnhRdz09", //encrypted password for building join_url manually
"settings": {}

What if you, or your customers, don’t want this change?

We thought of this too! Every account will have a banner displayed letting account owners/admins know about the change and when it will take effect for them. This banner will allow you to opt-out of this change.

If you click the link in the banner, you will be able to decline or approve the change.

For more information about this change, you can also visit our support article. This will give you a better overview of how this change works and how it may affect you and your users.

That’s about it.

This change won’t affect you at all if you are using the join_url. If for whatever reason your users need to manually enter their meeting ID to join, you should start looking out for a password beginning September 22, 2019.

If you have any questions or concerns, please post on our developer forum for a quick resolution!

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