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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Add or Change Zoom's Virtual Background Feature

It's recommended that you use a reasonably high quality webcam and avoid wearing clothing that are the same color as the virtual background. Watch the video or follow the written instructions below to get your background set up.

Assuming your PC or Mac has the power to cope with the virtual background feature, it's easy to set up. Here's how to do it, and hide all that clutter behind you.

  1. 1. Open the Zoom desktop client.

    You may need to log in at this stage.

  2. 2. Click the Settings cog.

    Zoom app with the Settings cog highlighted
  3. 3. Click Virtual Background.

    Zoom app with virtual background option highlighted
  4. 4. Click on a virtual background of your choice.

    Zoom app with virtual background options highlighted
  5. 5. If your PC/Mac is powerful enough, the virtual background will be immediately applied to your image. 

  6. 6. If you have a lower spec system, set up a green screen behind you and tick the I have a green screen box to see your virtual background correctly.

    Zoom app with Virtual Background and I have a Green Screen option highlighted

Add a Zoom Virtual Background Mid Meeting

If you're halfway through a meeting and you've realized you need to hide your background, there's a simple way of doing it. Here's what to do.

  1. 1. During the call, click the up arrow next to Stop Video.

    Zoom app with Stop Video options highlighted
  2. 2. Click Choose Virtual Background.

  3. 3. Select a Virtual Background from the list of available options.

  4. 4. Close Settings.

  5. 5. The virtual background should now be in place, hiding anything in the actual background of your call.

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