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How to change your Zoom background

How to change your Zoom background
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Learning how to change your Zoom background will radically change your virtual meeting experience. You can "leave" your messy home office or bedroom and look like you're calling into the Zoom meeting from a beach, Jerry Seinfeld's pad or the Millennium Falcon.

In the last few months, everyone has been using Zoom while staying at home to attend work meetings, participate in online classes and keep up with friends and family. But even if you know how to use Zoom, you may not be sure how to change your Zoom background. Many people have discovered and enjoyed using the setting that allows you to add a virtual background, which swaps out the real-life background with a video or image. No green screen is required. 

The virtual background feature is a fun way to mix up your Zoom calls (and one of the keys ways Zoom stands out in our Zoom vs Google Hangouts face-off). So, your call participants can see you in a tropical beach setting, in front of the Golden Gate Bridge or even in outer space. Zoom offers a few default virtual backgrounds, or you can upload your own image to change your Zoom background to something more personal. We rounded up some of the best free Zoom backgrounds you use. 

Here's what you need to know about customizing your background. 

How to change your Zoom background on the desktop app

Before joining a meeting:

  1. Download the Zoom app for Mac or Windows
  2. Open the app and sign in. 
  3. Click your profile picture, then click on Settings.
  4. In the left menu bar, click on the Virtual Background tab (if you don't see this tab, log in to the Zoom website, go to Settings and toggle on Virtual Background).
  5. In the Virtual Background tab, select one of Zoom's defaults or upload your own image.
  6. If you have a green screen set-up, you can select that option.
  7. To add your own image or video, click the + icon to upload from your computer.

How to change Zoom background

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After joining a meeting:

  1. At the bottom of the client, click the up arrow next to Stop Video.
  2. Select Change Virtual Background.
  3. In the Virtual Background tab, select one of Zoom's defaults or upload your own image.
  4. If you have a green screen set-up, you can select that option.
  5. To add your own image or video, click the + icon to upload from your computer.

How to change your Zoom background on the mobile app

  1. Download the Zoom app for iOS to your iPhone or iPad
  2. Open the app, sign in and join a meeting.
  3. Tap the three dots at the bottom right to open the More menu.
  4. Tap Virtual Background.
  5. Select one of Zoom's defaults or upload your own. 

Where can I find Zoom backgrounds to upload?

Check out our list of the best free Zoom backgrounds you can download. They come from sites like Unsplash (a library of free stock photography), Canva (an online design tool) and Modsy (an e-interior design service). 

Brands have been getting into the Zoom background game, too. Marvel, Netflix and Fox have all put out backgrounds reflecting their pop culture hits. Now when you join a meeting, you can appear to be visiting Wakanda or talking from a Love Is Blind pod or lounging on The Simpsons couch.

  • k9gardner
    This would be great. But under the “three dots” on the iPad app, there is no virtual background available. I’ve just wasted an hour in this.
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