Display 49 Students in Zoom Gallery View

One of the challenges with teaching medium to large classes on Zoom is viewing all students simultaneously. Although the default settings in Zoom limits the number of thumbnails displayed in the gallery view to 25, this can be increased to 49 (depending on your computer’s capabilities). This article explains how to enable this option, the computer specifications required to enable the feature.

Supported computers

The primary reason why Zoom limits the number of displayed participants to 25 concurrently displayed in the gallery view is because of due to the additional computational power required to handle a greater number of thumbnails. As such, the ability to extend this default amount to 49 is dependent upon the processing power of your computer.

Zoom publishes the following guidance for the current processing requirements for enabling 49 participants:

Zoom requirements for increasing the number of participants displayed in gallery view from 25 to 49

If your computer does not meet the above specifications, then the option to increase the number of participants in the gallery view to 49 below will likely not be available.

While requirements are listed by Zoom only for Intel processors, equivalent high-end AMD processors also appear to work (anecdotally, we are able to enable 49 participants with AMD Ryzen thread-ripper processors without any issues).

Enabling 49 participants participant thumbnails

If your computer is capable of handling the higher number of participants, the ability to do so will be available from the video settings tab from within Zoom settings. 

Option to display up to 49 participations per screen in gallery view

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