How to Use Virtual Backgrounds in Zoom Meetings

Despite being in controversy for sharing user data with Facebook, Zoom has single-handedly changed the market of video conferencing within few months. Zoom works really well even on slow network connections and has a long list of features which are hardly available in other video conferencing applications. One of the best features of Zoom is virtual background and you would love it.

Virtual Background changes the whole look of your messy room into something classy and also, fun. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to change Zoom background and use virtual backgrounds during your Zoom meetings. Follow these steps for changing your boring background with awesome super cool looking backgrounds during your Zoom meetings.

Changing Zoom Background During Meetings

If you want to change the background during Zoom video call and use a virtual background instead, follow the steps shown below. This process is very straightforward and does not require any expertise. Apart from that, you can also display a video in the background. Further, you can also upload your own images and videos as a virtual background. Another best part of this is that virtual background is available for Windows, macOS, iOS, and iPadOS. However, the feature is not available for Android yet.

1. Windows and macOS

Step 1

The steps are similar for both Windows and macOS. Just click on your profile picture and then click on Settings.

Change Zoom Background

Step 2

Now, navigate to the Virtual Background tab on the left pane and simply select an image or video from the given options. And Zoom’s background will immediately be replaced with the selected background.

Change Zoom Background

Step 3

You can also click on the [+] button to add your own image or video. The best part is that there is no size restriction on either image or video.

Step 4

Apart from that, if you have a physical green screen behind you then enable I have a green screen option. It will be easier for the software to distinguish your self from the background. Also, if you have a low-configuration computer, we would recommend you to enable this option given that you have a physical green screen. It will go easy on the GPU.

Change Zoom Background

Step 5

You can also enable a virtual background during a meeting. Click the ^ arrow next to Start/Stop Video at the bottom and select Choose Virtual Background. Now, you can select your desired virtual background.

2. iOS and iPadOS

Step 1

On iOS and iPadOS, you can change Zoom background only during a meeting. Start or join a meeting and then tap on More. Please note that the virtual background feature only works on iPhone 8 and later.

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Step 2

After that, select Virtual Background and you will get a bunch of images and videos. You can choose the background from given options or you can also add your own images or videos by tapping on the [+] button.

iOS and iPadOS

3. Change Zoom Background with Snap Camera

Above tutorial was about how to use virtual backgrounds from Zoom and add your own library, there is another way you can change Zoom background. Yes, we are talking about Snap Camera and it works really well on Zoom. If you are not familiar with Snap Camera, let us tell you, it’s a desktop version of Snapchat where you can apply many beauty filters from Snapchat to create lenses. You can further share these lenses with Zoom as your default look. The Snap Camera integration with Zoom is pretty fun, especially when you are having a group call with your friends and family. Here is how you can integrate both the apps.

Step 1

Snap Camera is available for both Windows and macOS and it’s completely free to use. You can download the application from here.

After downloading, install the application and open it. You don’t need to create an account. Just apply any of the lenses available there and click on the “camera” icon to take a picture or video. It will now create a virtual webcam for Zoom to use.

Change Zoom Background with Snap Camera

Step 2

Now, simply open Zoom and go to Settings by clicking on your profile picture. Under the Video tab, change the Camera from the drop-down menu to Snap Camera. That’s it. Now, Snap Camera is your default webcam for Zoom and you can use it to change your Zoom background.

Change Zoom Background with Snap Camera

Change Zoom Background Easy and Fast

That was our tutorial explaining 3 simple ways to change Zoom background and use virtual background. And how you can change it to something funny and meaningful. As mentioned above, virtual background is one of the best features of Zoom and you should definitely try it at least once. Apart from that, the feature is available on almost all platforms except for Android. We are expecting that Zoom will soon bring this awesome feature on Android as well. Hope you found this article helpful. Let us know your thoughts in comment section down below.

About Aslam Khan

Hi there, I am a blogger, engineer and a computer geek. I love kittens. I spend some of my time blogging besides full time job as Senior Windows Administrator. I like to learn new things.

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