How to change background for Zoom video chat?

by Aron Harding

It is very clear that a company especially suited for life during the coronavirus pandemic is Zoom. Despite privacy concerns , hundreds of thousands of people around the world have recently downloaded the video conferencing application.

People are using Zoom to connect with coworkers for video conferencing while working from home. Educators are using Zoom to create presentations to teach their students , thanks, in part, to Zoom, which is free for schools . Teens even use Zoom for video chatting and hanging out with friends .

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One thing that everyone experiences with Zoom is its virtual background feature. It allows users to exchange their real life background with a picture or video while streaming with friends, family and coworkers, and no green screen is required.

How to change virtual background of Zoom?

  • Download the Zoom Mac or Windows application.
  • Open the app, log in, click on your profile picture, followed by the Settings link in the drop-down menu.
  • Navigate to the Virtual Fund tab. (If you don’t see this tab, log in to the Zoom website, go to Meeting Settings and make sure the Virtual Background button is activated on the Meeting tab.)
  • In the Virtual Background tab, users can choose between pre-installed backgrounds or upload their own photos or videos.

If you have a green screen setting, select “I have a green screen” so that the software can correctly set your background. If you don’t have a green screen, Zoom recommends streaming from a location with a solid background color.

If you use Zoom from your iPhone or iPad, you can also change your background in the iOS app:

  • Join a meeting, then tap the More tab while connected to your account.
  • Tap the Virtual Background option.
  • Choose a background from the provided library or upload your own photos.

If you have an older computer or mobile device and are having trouble getting Zoom’s virtual backdrops up and running, check the system requirements here  to see if you can enable the virtual back-end feature.

It is up to you to decide which exotic scene or classic movie scene to use as the background image. But if you’re looking for some free options to use, check out Zoom Backgrounds, a website created for just that reason.

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