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How to Change the Background in Zoom

Zoom is a platform for making group video calls and has become a popular tool for: remote work meetings, distance learning or virtual catch ups between friends (during this period of social distancing), you can even organise a conference call for up to 100 people at a time. However, not everyone knows about one feature offered by Zoom: you can change your background (and hide the clutter of your living room!). Here's how to do it.

How to Change the Background in Zoom

In the Mobile App
Open the app and start your session. When you join a meeting, tap the three dots at the bottom of the screen (More). Choose the “Virtual Background” option. You can choose from a number of predefined backgrounds, or upload your own personal photos.

In Your Desktop App

To change the background in the PC app, just go to the bottom left of the window and click on the small arrow (^).

A menu will appear and the last option will be “Choose a Virtual Background”. Select this option and you will be able to choose between the aforementioned default backgrounds or upload a photo from your PC.

It is important to note that this feature is best suited if you are going to be in a quiet and motionless environment, because for example, someone passes behind you, or bursts onto the screen, the people sharing your video call will see the interference in the background of your video.

See here for a list of system requirements for using this feature. Unfortunately old systems are not supported, you can see if your device is suitable.

Background Ideas

If you want some great background ideas for your Zoom calls, have a look at these fun backgrounds for Zoom calls!

Bonus: Filters

You may not be aware that Zoom also includes a beauty filter similar to other apps and social networks that include video calls, such as Instagram or Facetime. The function "Retouch my appearance" will allow you to improve your appearance, smoothing features and imperfections to give you a more professional look.

To use it, do the same procedure as for activating the virtual background and click on Video settings> My video. Check the "Retouch my appearance" box and it will start working.

Let us know how you get on with this helpful feature!

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