How To Add Background in Zoom, A Step by Step Guide For Newbies

Earlier today, I was having an online meeting on Zoom with one of my new online branding client in the United States and I couldn't help but notice some of his pets playing at the back of his office on video.

I told him, "You have really cute dogs."

He replied, "Thank you, Mark! I'm glad you noticed. However, the truth is, I just don't know how to activate backgrounds on Zoom just like what you have. Ideally, I wouldn't want everyone I have vitual meetings with to see where I am."

I was surprised when I heard that because I thought that pretty much everyone already knows how to add background images on Zoom. So I promised him that I will make this step-by-step guide on how to do it so he can apply it on his next online meeting.

How To Add Background in Zoom

This is actually very easy to do.

1. You need to download and install the official Zoom desktop application on your laptop or PC. It's harder if not impossible to do this using the Zoom app for smartphones.

2. Log-in to your Zoom account and turn on your webcam.

3. On the desktop app's home screen, go to the Settings by clicking on the cog icon in the upper right corner.

How To Add Background in Zoom

4. Under Settings, click on "Background & Filters".

5. Scroll down a bit and go to "Virtual Backgrounds". There, you can choose your background from the pre-installed photos. Just click on one to apply it to your video.

How To Add Background in Zoom

6. You may also upload your own background photo by clicking on the "plus" sign in the upper right corner of the Virtual Backgrounds section. Make sure that the photo you will use has at least FullHD resolution for clarity.

How To Add Background in Zoom

7. If you wish so, you may blur your background, add filters, or mirror your video by turning on those options within that section. You may also use a green screen for better subject isolation but I don't think it's necessary since Zoom's software is already very good.

8. Note that all changes you will do here will be automatically saved and will be applied to your account across the board. This means that the same background will also appear when you use Zoom on your smartphone the next time.

So easy, right?

If you have a friend, client, or workmate who still has trouble applying backgrounds on Zoom, kindly share this post with them so we can both help them. Cheers!

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