Can’t Leave A Meeting Or Close Zoom? Follow These 7 Steps

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Are you losing your mind because you can’t leave a meeting or close Zoom?

I’m not surprised! This might be hard to believe, but the issue is much more common than you think. In fact, many business meetings and friendly get-togethers have been ruined because of it.

I know how annoying it can be to say goodbye to the person on the other side, only to be stuck with a failing app and awkward smiles.

But don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place for answers. Below, you’ll find a list of several easy steps that can solve this problem once and for all.

The 7 simple steps that will allow you to leave meetings and close Zoom are:

  1. Check Zoom’s servers
  2. Check your internet connection
  3. Disable your VPN
  4. Restart your PC/smartphone
  5. Uninstall Zoom
  6. Update your PC/smartphone
  7. Check your Firewall
  8. Force-Stop Zoom

Read on to regain control over your meetings!

#1 Check Zoom’s Servers

First, I’d like us to make sure the platform’s servers are doing ok.

As you may know, these are responsible for storing important information and giving millions of Zoom users a high-quality service.

Given how essential they are, most streaming companies have put a lot of work into making them as resistant as possible. And while they’ve made some headway, it still isn’t safe to say that they’ve managed to make them failproof.

Things that seem unimportant, like a bad hard drive, a coding bug, or even minor hacking can affect how the platform works.

These events can not only impact Zoom, but also other platforms. In fact, in streaming services, failing servers have been known to cause poor video quality, out-of-sync subtitles, and much more.

Solution: To confirm our suspicions, let’s check the real-time status of the platform’s servers. Doing so is very easy and quick.

  1. Open Google, and type “Is Zoom Down?”, then hit Enter to search your query
  1. Locate “Downdetector” on the search results, and click on it (or click on this link:
How to check Zoom's server status
Make sure you’re entering the official Downdetector website
  1. Once you’ve entered the webpage, you’ll see a bunch of data, and a large graph
How to read Downdetector's user reports graph
The taller the spikes, the more likely you are to be having trouble

Sadly, if the platform’s servers are, in fact, down, there’s little to nothing you can do.

But I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Zoom has a very capable IT department, so I’d be surprised if this issue lasted longer than a day.

#2 Check Your Internet Connection

Given how popular working and studying from home has become, I bet there’s very few people who still haven’t encountered issues as a result of a bad connection.

Weak networks are Zoom’s Kryptonite. You might be unaffected in other areas when your provider’s having trouble, but you can be sure that this platform will show signs of struggle. And being unable to leave a meeting or close Zoom is one of the telltale signs.

Most of the time, a bad network is easy to diagnose, as audio and video quality drop considerably. But in some cases, you might still have enough service to not notice this, while having the platform act strange. For group video calling in Full HD resolution, it is recommended that you have at least a speed of 4 Mbps for both download and upload.

Anything less than this and things start getting weird.

Naturally, this shouldn’t be a problem for most modern internet plans, but are you considering the network usage by other people in your home?

No? That’s ok, I’m going to show you a way to estimate your requirements.

Solution: Take the number of people you share your home network with and multiply it by the Mbps your activities need. Streaming content in 4K is one of the most network-demanding factors to consider, so if that’s something popular in your home, it’s worth noting.

In such a case, you’ll need at least 25 Mbps per person. So, if you live with 3 other people, your internet plan should offer no less than 100 Mbps. This allows everyone in your home to go about their business while leaving enough bandwidth to allow your Zoom conferences to go smoothly.

Assuming that your plan is already fast enough, try calling your provider and asking if they’re having coverage issues in your area. If they tell you everything’s fine on their side of the fence, resetting your modem is a good idea.

Never done it before? No problem, it’s very easy:

  1. Without unplugging the modem, turn it around so that you can see the back of the unit
  1. Locate the reset button (more often than not, it’s not a button, but a small hole with a “Reset” label on it)
  1. Use a paper clip or a thin toothpick to press down on the actual button inside this hole. Hold it down until all the lights at the front of the unit turn on, and then turn off
  1. For a brief moment, all lights on the modem will be off, that’s your cue to stop holding down the reset button
  1. Wait a couple of minutes and try using the service again. If your connection was to blame, you should now be able to leave meetings and close Zoom.

#3 Disable Your VPN

VPNs are great, I agree. But what if I told you that using the wrong one could be the reason you can’t leave meetings or close Zoom?

I know how tempting using free VPNs can be. After all, it sounds like you’re getting all the benefits this software has to offer without paying the price of a premium subscription, right?

Well… not quite.

You see, most free VPNs can’t take full advantage of your internet speed. In fact, they only use about 10-20%. This, along with the point made earlier about sharing your network can be the recipe for disaster.

There are many great things in life that are free, but sadly, VPNs are not one of them.

Solution: I’d recommend simply turning off your VPN before joining a Zoom meeting. But if that’s off the table, then buying a premium subscription is the way to go.

There are great options out there that go for as little as $60/year in monthly payments.

#4 Restart Your PC/Smartphone

There’s a very good chance that all you need to do when you can’t leave meetings or close Zoom is to restart your PC or Smartphone.

Why? Simple

Whenever we use our favorite apps, there are thousands of background processes running at the same time. More often than not, they work as you’d expect and that’s that. But sometimes, a weak network or a corrupted file can get in the way and cause the platform to act strange.

Some of the most common signs that a device or platform needs restarting are constant freezing or crashing, random flickering, and other issues.

By restarting your PC or Smartphone, you’ll be giving both your devices and Zoom a chance to get rid of any troublemakers and reload most of their resources from scratch.

This fix is universal, so if you’re ever struggling with other devices or platforms, restarting them should almost always work wonders.

#5 Uninstall Zoom

If the previous step didn’t work, you might have to address the problem from the source.

Sometimes, bugs or corrupted files can be very stubborn and won’t go down without a proper fight. When this happens, uninstalling and reinstalling Zoom can be what you need. By doing this, you’ll be wiping your PC or Smartphone clean of the platform’s files, thus increasing your chances of adequate functioning down the line.

Just make sure you have your login credentials written down somewhere before you do this.

Solution: Here’s how you can uninstall Zoom on a PC:

  1. Hit the Windows key on your keyboard (the one with the Windows icon)
  1. Type “Control Panel”
Open Control Panel Windows 10
  1. Find “Programs” and select “Uninstall a program”
Uninstall a program Windows 10
This process should be very similar in Windows 8, 10 & 11
  1. A new window will pop up with a list of all your installed programs. Find Zoom and click on it
How to uninstall Zoom on Windows 10
This process works for any other app you might be having trouble with
  1. Select “Uninstall” and if prompted with a window asking if you’re sure, select “Yes”

#6 Update Your PC/Smartphone

Has an automatic update ever caught you off guard? You wouldn’t believe how many times I had an important meeting and had to start late because my PC decided it was go-time.

I know this is very annoying, but it’s one of those things that suck but are necessary.

With every update, software developers try their best to install as many new features and fix as many bugs as they can. Moreover, newer app and network versions are designed with the latest operating systems in mind.

Using an older version of your OS with a fully updated platform could explain why you can’t leave meetings or close Zoom.

Now, normally, this shouldn’t be your concern, as there’s automatic updating. But sometimes, your user preferences, a weak network, or insufficient storage space can get in the way and prevent this from happening.

In such a case, you’ll have to manually download and install the latest version of your PC’s or Smartphone’s operating system.

Solution: With PCs, you’ll hardly ever have automatic updating issues. For all other devices, the process should be very similar across most platforms. To paint you a picture, here’s what this looks like on iOS devices:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on “General”.
  3. Select “Software Update” and tap on “Install now”

If you don’t get this option, it means you already have the latest software version installed.

#7 Check Your Firewall

As time has passed, Software developers have worked very hard to invent newer and better safety measures to protect our devices. One of the best guardians out there are Firewalls, which, as you may know, control which programs have access to which files and allow or prevent online connections.

This tool is a great advantage to everyone who owns a computer. But what if I told you that, to keep you safe, your Firewall might be acting against your interests and blocking Zoom?

Now, I know this is annoying, but if you ask me, it’s better to be extra safe and face these inconveniences than to be partially protected.

Since this platform is a source of communication, your computer might sometimes see it as a threat, thus restricting many permissions. This can quickly cause problems and could explain why you suddenly can’t leave meetings or close Zoom.

Solution: Luckily, you can create exceptions for any program you want, so your PC can keep you safe while allowing trusted developers to “roam free”.

Solution: You should be able to do this both in Windows Firewall, and other third-party antivirus software. Here’s what this looks like on Bitdefender:

  1. Open the program and go to “Protection”
  1. Locate “Firewall” and click on “Settings”
Create Firewall exceptions Bitdefender Firewall
Take some time to explore and understand all your Firewall’s features
  1. In the new menu, navigate to the “Rules” tab, locate “zoom.exe”, and click on the arrow pointing down in the right-most area of the screen
How to add rule exception for Zoom on Bitdefender
  1. On the dropdown menu, toggle on “Access” on both buttons to allow Zoom to send and receive information over the internet
How to allow access for Zoom on Bitdefender
By toggling both options on, you’ll be giving Zoom full clearance

#8 Force-Stop Zoom

Sometimes, no amount of restarting or updating will do the job, so force-stopping the app might be your only option. As I mentioned before, now and then, troublesome corrupted files or bugs can be very stubborn and won’t go down without a fight.

But even the most motivated ones can’t match the power of your PC’s Task Manager. If you’re struggling constantly with leaving meetings or closing Zoom, ending the platform’s processes through there could be all you need.

Solution: If you’ve never force-stopped apps or programs on your devices, don’t worry. It’s really easy:

iPhone and iPad:

  1. Go to the Home Screen, then swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause in the middle of the screen. This will show the apps you currently have open in the background. If you have an iPhone or iPad with a home button, you’ll need to double-click it.
  2. Swipe up on Zoom to close it.


  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen, hold until you see your background apps, and then release. 
  2. Swipe up on Zoom.


  1. On your keyboard, press the keys “Ctrl + Alt + Delete” at the same time
  2. From the options that pop up, select “Task Manager”
  3. Find “Zoom” on the list, click on it and when it’s selected, click on “End Task”


When you can’t leave a meeting or close Zoom, things can get awkward, fast. This platform has helped us stay connected in a world that grows more complicated by the day, but even with all its wonders, it’s far from perfect.

Luckily, as I hope you’ve learned in this piece, addressing most of the causes behind this is very easy. More often than not, double-checking that Zoom’s servers are not down, and updating your device’s operating system, should do the trick.

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