How To Change The Background In Zoom

Do you want to hide the background of your video feed on your Zoom meetings? Or do you want to make your meetings more lively? In any case, we’re here to offer our help. In our guide below, we’ll show you how to use virtual backgrounds on Zoom. Whether you’re using the mobile or desktop app, we got you covered.


Zoom is one of the most popular video-conferencing apps that anyone with an account can use. It allows you to host or join meetings with your friends, workmates, and family online for free.

Like most apps of its kind, Zoom also allows you to use virtual backgrounds on your meetings. With this feature, you can use pre-uploaded images or ones from your device as a background. As such, it can help other participants focus more on what’s important.

In our guide below, we’ll tackle this feature and how to use it in your meetings. Without further ado, let’s get started.

How to use virtual backgrounds in Zoom

If you don’t want anyone to see the messy environment behind you on your Zoom meetings, you can choose to use virtual backgrounds to hide them. In this way, you don’t have to look for an appropriate background before joining a meeting.

By default, you can use virtual backgrounds anytime you want on your account. But if that isn’t the case, open Zoom on your browser, navigate to your Settings > In Meeting (Advanced), and enable the feature.

Now that you’re all set, here are our step-by-step tutorials on how to use backgrounds on Zoom for desktop and Android.

On your computer:
  1. Launch the Zoom desktop app and sign in to your account.
  2. On the upper-right corner of the app, click the gear icon to open your Settings. Alternatively, you can click your profile icon and select Settings from the menu.

  3. Go to the Background & Filters tab.

  4. Choose from the pre-uploaded backgrounds or upload one from your device.

That’s how you change your background in Zoom for desktop. The app automatically applies the one you chose to all your meetings on the platform.

On the other hand, you can also change your background during a meeting. All you have to do is click the arrowhead beside “Stop Video” and select “Choose virtual background” on the menu.

On Android:
  1. Open the Zoom app from your home screen or app drawer and sign in to your account.
  2. Create a new meeting or join an existing one.

  3. During a meeting, tap More (ellipsis) at the bottom-right corner of your screen.

  4. Tap Virtual Background.
  5. Choose from one of the pre-uploaded backgrounds or use an image from your device.

Please note that the availability of virtual backgrounds on the mobile app depends on the specs of your device. Even if you have the latest version of Zoom, you might not see the feature at your meetings.

In any case, you can give it a try and see if it works on your end. Also, video backgrounds are not available for the mobile app at the moment. It might be usable in the future, so make sure to keep your Zoom updated to the latest version.

To wrap it all up

With the help of virtual backgrounds in Zoom, you can now hide some background distractions on your video feed from other meeting participants. It can also make your meetings more lively and fun.

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