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How To Use Zoom Virtual Backgrounds - Virtual Office

Updated: Jan 25, 2022

Upload your virtual background to Zoom

As the prime way, we take meetings and make professional contact in 2020, making a good impression on Zoom has never been more important. One of the reasons that Zoom has become the world’s go-to video meeting software, with more than 300 million daily video participants, is that the flexibility Zoom offers its users to customize it.

The best part of that customization? Virtual backgrounds. They allow you to show whichever video or image you want to give the exact boardroom, office, or cozy vibe you’d like to set for the call - or the option to show an on-message, branded background, leaving a highly professional impression.

Here’s how to install your own virtual background on Zoom, right now - with or without a green screen. It’s easier than you think…

1. First of all, make sure that your system can support Zoom virtual backgrounds

Zoom virtual backgrounds requirements

On a PC, to run an image background, you’ll need the Zoom Desktop Client for PC, version 4.6.4 or higher, and be running Windows 7, 8, or 10. On a Mac, to use a virtual video or image backgrounds without a green screen, you’ll need to install the Zoom Desktop Client for Mac, version 4.6.4 or higher, and be running macOS 10.9 or later. To use static images only, you’ll need Zoom Desktop Client for Mac version 4.6.0. If you have a green screen, to run images or videos you’ll need Zoom Desktop Client for Mac, version 4.6.4 or higher, and macOS 10.9 or later. For images only with a green screen, you’ll just need the Zoom Desktop Client for Mac version 3.5.5 or higher. On IOS, you can use images and videos without a green screen, if you have the Zoom Mobile App for iOS, version 4.1.27541.0627 or higher, an iPhone 8, 8+, or an iPad Pro and the 5th and 6th generation iPad 9.7. If you’re using Linux, you’ll need a green screen for images and videos, as well as the Zoom Desktop Client for Linux, version 2.0.91373.0502 or higher.

2. Position your camera in front of your background

Make sure your camera is positioned so that you have a solid color, plain background behind you. A green screen will give you optimum results, but you can also just use a plain wall if your system matches the requirements in step one.

3. Save your preferred Zoom background image

Save your virtual background

Download the background you want to use and save it to your computer. If the files you want are in a zip folder, unzip them.

4. Open your Zoom settings

Zoom virtual background settings

Open your Zoom app on your computer, click on the Settings icon to open the settings menu, and go to the ‘Virtual Backgrounds’ option here you will find all the zoom background images. 5. Select the zoom background image you want to use

Choose your virtual background

Select ‘Add Image’ then select the background image or video you want to use which is saved on your computer.

6. Preview your new Zoom virtual background

Virtual background preview - Virtual office

Your selected background will appear in the preview window in ‘Settings’. If you’re happy with it, you can now close the settings menu and return to your Zoom call window.

Voila! Your virtual background for Zoom is ready to use

if you don't have a professional background yet create a free virtual background

Enjoy your professional Zoom background and make the most out of your video meetings.

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