The best free Zoom backgrounds turn your video meeting into a visual party. The ability to add virtual backgrounds is one of Zoom's best features. Instead of a messy office or bedroom, your work colleagues or friends can see you hanging out in the Friends apartment cruising on the Millennium Falcon or inserted into the latest meme.
If you're not sure how it works, read our guide on how to change your Zoom background, then try out the different settings.
In the past few months of the coronavirus pandemic, everyone has been using Zoom, one of the best video chat apps and teleconferencing software solutions, to call into meetings as they work from home or to connect with socially-distanced family and friends. One of Zoom's best features is a 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.
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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 Skype vs Zoom face-off).
While Zoom offers a few default backgrounds, you can personalize your appearance further by downloading free Zoom backgrounds. People are using all kinds of images and videos to liven up their calls, including popular memes, famous TV show sets and gorgeous landscapes. You could even appear as if you're in a regular office conference room.
Here are some of our favorites free Zoom backgrounds.
Free Zoom background: Beach
Even though we can't sip piña coladas at the beach all summer, we can at least pretend like we are with this beach background from the free photo site Unsplash.
Free Zoom background: Animal Crossing New Horizons
You already spend most of your free time trading turnips on Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Now, you can port into the ACNH world on Zoom, with four spiffy backgrounds provided by Nintendo. Dial in from town square or the Resident Services building!
Free Zoom background: Star Wars
Why not dial into your Zoom meeting from a galaxy far, far away? StarWars.com released a bunch of free Zoom backgrounds. So, you can look like you're floating in Cloud City, in the control room of the Death Star, strolling around Tatooine or braving the icy weather of Hoth, among many choices.
Free Zoom background: Marvel movies
Video call backgrounds, assemble! Yes, Marvel got into the free Zoom backgrounds universe, tweeting out several images from MCU films including Black Panther, Iron Man and Doctor Strange.
Free Zoom background: The Simpsons couch
A lot of different brands and TV shows have been sharing free Zoom backgrounds. Fox tweeted out this image of The Simpsons couch in the animated show's living room.
Free Zoom background: Seinfeld's apartment
E-interior design service Modsy has recreated famous pop culture homes, like this re-creation of Jerry Seinfeld's apartment. Download the high-res version.
Free Zoom background: Game of Thrones Iron Throne
No need to battle the Lannisters, Starks, Baratheons or any other noble house of Westeros for the Iron Throne — you can just plop yourself on it via a free Zoom background.
Free Zoom background: Giphy backdrops
Zoom backgrounds don't have to be a static image. You can use a GIF, like this pre-made collection from Giphy. Choose to sit in front of a seaside landscape with a moving sailboat or a bubbling waterfall. Our favorite is the city with floating animals like jellyfish and a whale.
Free Zoom background: The Walking Dead
Thanks to social distancing and stay-at-home regulations, the world right now feels eerily similar to The Walking Dead. But unlike the zombie drama, which tweeted a few free Zoom backgrounds, we don't have to worry about brain-eating monsters coming for us (probably?).
Free Zoom background: Friends, Monica's apartment
Try this Modsy recreation of Monica's apartment from Friends and you can pretend like you live in a comically large NYC pad. Download the high-res version.
Free Zoom background: Netflix shows
Netflix tweeted several free Zoom backgrounds, including one of the plexiglass cage in You, Lara Jean Covey's bedroom in To All the Boys I've Loved Before and a pod from the dating series Love Is Blind.
Free Zoom background: This is fine
ZoomMeetingBackgrounds.com offers more than 30 free virtual backgrounds to use on Zoom. They are categorized into memes, funny, movie caps, landscapes and videos.
The best Zoom background on the site has to be KC Green's "This is fine" dog meme. Seems about right for these times.
Free Zoom background: IKEA living
Maybe your apartment is full of IKEA furniture, but let's be honest, it probably doesn't look as put-together or lifestyle porn-like as these free IKEA Zoom backgrounds. The ready-to-assemble home furnishings store offers several options that you can use for celebrations and romantic dates, but also if you just want it to look like your home office or bedroom is gorgeously decorated.
Free Zoom background: Conference call bingo
Free Zoom background: Name placard
You can also opt for a simpler route on Canva, like making a name placard.
Free Zoom background: Conference room
Unsplash is a library of free, high-quality stock images. They offer a range of potential backgrounds, you can appear as if you're in a real conference room.
Free Zoom background: On the road
Unsplash's collection of free Zoom backgrounds also features iconic landmarks and beautiful landscapes, like this one of a road in Iceland.