Zoom Error Code 3003 – Here is How to Fix it During Needed Hours

The video streaming platform, “zoom” has become very popular during the pandemic of COVID-19. The video conferencing platform launched nine years ago. But during the COVID-19, Zoom has gained significant interest among the users. Either they use it chat with their friends, deliver lectures or use it for work from home purpose. As every person isn’t tech-savvy, so, due to the lack of knowledge, they face Zoom Error Code 3003.

No doubt Zoom delivers many great features along with a friendly user interface. Sometimes when you are using the zoom, the Zoom Error Code 3003 “not meeting host” may pop up on your screen.

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What Does Zoom Error Code 3003 Mean?

In short, it’s just a glitch. All the video calling apps work on the principle of taking data from one user and send it to another. Whenever you see this error, it means that you’re a participant who is trying to join a meeting. But you can’t participate because of the confusion about who is the actual host or the co-host and participant of your Zoom conference Meeting.

Let’s take a look at why this happens and how you can decipher this Zoom error code 3003 and most importantly how to fix it.

Zoom Error Code 3003

How to Fix Zoom Error Code 3003?

When someone initiates a conference meeting through zoom, a link shared among all the participants, which grants them access to join, now when someone clicks on the link, an error message pops up and shows ‘not meeting host. (3,003)’.

The steps to fix Zoom Error Code 3003 are straightforward. All you just need to change the link format and try again to join the meeting once again.

The zoom links always created in a specific format such as http://iu.zoom.us/meeting/345873289. Now copy this link and paste into any other document where you can edit it.

After pasting the link to any other document do the following steps:

  • Change /meeting/ in the link to /j/  so http://iu.zoom.us/meeting/345873289 should now show http://iu.zoom.us/j/345873289.
  • Copy and paste http://iu.zoom.us/j/345873289 and see if it connects correctly.

After following these simple steps to fix Zoom error code 30003, you will be able to join the meeting without getting “not meeting host” error message.

Special Note: The meeting ID 345873289 must be replaced with the Id mentioned in the link which you have received from your host or co-host.

Can a Zoom Meeting Run Without the Host?

Yes, a Zoom meeting can run without a host. If you want to do this, just follow the below-mentioned steps.

  • Locate the meeting controls at the bottom of the Zoom window and click Manage Participants.
  • Go to the name of the person you wish to be the co-host and choose More.
  • Select Make Co-Host.

The above steps will give the administrative rights to the co-host of the meeting, and, they will have full controls over the meeting. The co-host will have the ability to add or manage the participants, and, they are free to decide when to start or stop recording. In zoom, there is no limit on adding co-hosts to your zoom meeting. You can add unlimited hosts in a meeting.

Why You See Zoom Code Error 3003 “not Meeting Host” Message?

As I mentioned earlier, it is just a glitch. But in reality, it is not a glitch because when a host assigns a co-host to the meeting. A link to the meeting is actually created for the co-host not for other participants.

Being the co-host of the meeting, they must share the new link with the rest of the participants. But with a lack of knowledge, they share the link that was created for them. That results in error 3003 which states “not meeting host”, as, quite right because the co-host isn’t the meeting host.

Do I Have to Download Zoom to Join a Meeting?

No, No-one needs to download the Zoom App before joining the meeting. All you need to do is just click on the link provided by the person who has called the session. Once you click on the link, a new window in the browser will open, and you will be prompt to download the zoom software.

To join a Zoom meeting, you don’t have to be already signed up but if you enjoy using the software then yes you can create an account, and it’s free. You can also download the Zoom App on your mobile, which allow you to host forty-minutes meetings with up to twenty-five participants without any charges.

How to Create a Zoom Co-Host?

To add a co-host in a meeting follow the steps mentioned below.

  • Log into the Zoom web portal.
  • If you are an administrator, Select “My Meeting Settings”. And if you’re an account member, select “Meeting Settings.”
  • Select the “Co-host” option from the “Meeting” section and before assigning a co-host always make sure that the feature is enabled.

After finishing the steps, you will see an option to create the co-host and select the participant for the job.

You can also choose the co-host even after starting the meeting. Follow the steps do this.

1st Method

  • Select the “More” button while hovering over a user’s video.
  • Now select “Make Co-Host.” and you are done.

2nd Method

  • Open the participant’s window.
  • Then select “Manage Participants”.
  • Now, after picking up the participant, and hover the cursor on the name, then select more, followed by “make Co-host.”

Role of Co-Host in Zoom Meetings

Adding a co-host to a zoom meeting is such a great idea, as it gives a lot of flexibility to the actual host. The co-host works as a backup host who is able to handle the administrative tasks when the host is giving lecture or talking about the project.

The best thing about the zoom is that you are free to assign as many co-hosts as you want. If you wish to provide some unique controls over the meeting to every participant, then each participant can be designated as a co-host.

As a co-host, you are able to manage the participants of the meeting. And you can do things like start or stop the recording of the meeting. As a part of other controls, a co-host can start live streaming of the meeting session.

Without getting administrative rights, a co-host isn’t allowed to start a meeting. But after getting the full rights from the host, they can work as an alternative host. The actual host can only provide administrative rights to co-host via email, and only registered Zoom users are eligible to do this.


So, now you know what to do when you see a Zoom Code Error 3003 “not Meeting Host” Message. And if during a meeting the host turns you into a co-host, now you know what you can do.


Rahis Saifi
Rahis Saifi
Rahis Saifi always remains passionate towards innovation and his love for gadgets has been exhibited in his writing. His knack to learn more and more had turned him too passionate towards learning. His learning attitude had shaped him as a perfect writer, He writes about technology, gadgets, blogging, smartphone tips and tricks and software reviews.

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