Millions of people have taken to the Zoom video chat app toand during this . And many have discovered a fun little setting that transforms your video background from the room behind you into outer space or the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge. You can even upload a photo to customize your own.
For the most part, Zoom ̵1; which sees a huge increase in usage due to states – will stick to your background image pretty well, making it a fun way to express yourself or hide the messy room behind you. After all, you may want the participants to focus on you rather than your curio collection.
Just remember that you need to make sure your system has the right requirements for changing your zoom background. And if you tend to gesture a lot or rock back in the chair or if a funny puppy or child lands on the lap during your conversation, your caller will notice pauses in the background. Don't worry, they will resolve soon.
Change your zoom background on the desktop app
1 . Click your profile in the Zoom app in the upper right corner and click Settings .
2 . Click Virtual Background in the menu on the left.
3 . You will see some standard background options provided by Zoom, including an outer space scene or grass straw. You can select one of them by clicking on it and it will also change the screen automatically. There is also an option if you have a green screen and want to use it.
4 . If you want to upload a photo to use as a wallpaper, on the same Virtual Background Page click the + icon next to it says Select Virtual Background . A box pops up so you can upload a photo from your computer. Click on the one you want and it will appear together with the other pictures as an option for you to choose from.
5 . To get rid of all the images you upload, press X in the upper left corner.
Change your zoom background in the mobile app
1 . When you log into your account and attend a meeting, tap the three points at the bottom right of the screen to open the menu More .
2 . Touch Virtual Background .
3 . Choose a background from the default options or upload your own.
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Another zoom tip: Add a beauty filter
You've probably heard all the work from home now – wake up in time, shower, dress like it's a day in the office. But if it's one of those days where you don't think you look the best, Zoom has an answer: a feature called Touch Up My Appearance. Basically, it's a softening filter, which you can find on Instagram, FaceTune or the phone's selfie camera.
To turn it on, click the up arrow next to Start Video . Click Video Settings and check the box for Under My Video Touch Up My Appearance . That's all!
For more tips to help you through social distance and self-quarantine, check out if you should use Zoom or Skype to work from home, our guide to everything you need to stay healthy and maintained while practicing social distance and everything of practical tips to avoid coronavirus when leaving the house.