Zoom Background Change: How to Change or Blur Background in Zoom

Zoom allows you to add different backgrounds when you are on a call. Here's how you can do it!

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The Zoom app offers one of the easiest ways to start a meeting with just a few clicks. Since the app is available across platforms like Android, iOS, Windows, MAC, and even web browsers, Zoom has gained a lot of popularity over the past couple of years. There are a lot of handy features on the app which can be useful in many situations. Among them, the ability to blur or change the background is one of the most popular and most used features as well. 

If you are just getting started with your new job or attending classes online and you want to change the background or blur the background during a Zoom call, you can achieve that in a few simple steps. 

This feature will come in handy if you have other people in the room, or just want to just blur the background to hide what’s behind you. The feature works very well and you can even upload your choice of image, GIF, or video to make it your virtual background. Here is how to change or blur the background in Zoom. 

To be able to charge the background on your laptops/PC, you need to be on Zoom desktop client, version 5.2.0 or higher and have a chipset that is Intel i3, 5th generation or higher or Intel i5/i7/i9, 3rd gen or higher. If you have an AMD processor, it needs to be clocked at 3.0Ghz or higher. On Mac, you need to have macOS version 10.13 or higher. Similarly, for Android users, you should be having at least Android 8.0 and for iOS users, iPhone 8, 8+, X, or newer models running on Zoom mobile app, version 5.3.0 or higher.

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How to Change Virtual Background in Zoom on PC

  1. Download and install the Zoom app on your laptop/PC.
  2. Open the app and sign in to your account.
  3. Click the Settings icon below your profile picture on the top right. How to Change or Blur Background in Zoom
  4. Click on “Background & Filters” on the left menu bar (You can select background pictures or videos).
  5. Select the image you can as your background from the “Virtual Backgrounds” tab. 
  6. In case you are not happy with the backgrounds, you can add your own image or video by clicking on the “+” icon. How to Change or Blur Background in Zoom

In case the Background & Filters section is missing from the side menu bar, you can head to Zoom website > Settings > Meetings > In Meetings (Advance) and enable “Virtual background”. 

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How to Blur Zoom Background in PC

  1. Download and install the Zoom app on your laptop/PC.
  2. Open the app and sign in to your account.
  3. Click the Settings icon below your profile picture on the top right. 
  4. Click on “Background & Filters” on the left menu bar How to Change or Blur Background in Zoom
  5. Select “Blur”

Once you’ve followed this, the next time when you start a meeting, your background will be blurred. 

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How to Change Virtual Background in Zoom on Mobile

  1. Download and sign in to the Zoom mobile application. 
  2. While you are in a meeting, click on the “More” at the bottom of your screen. 
  3. Click on Virtual Background (Android) or Background and Filters (iOS).
  4. Tap the background you would like to apply or tap “+” to upload a new image. How to Change or Blur Background in Zoom

How to Blur Zoom Background in Mobile

  1. Download and sign in to the Zoom mobile application. 
  2. While you are in a meeting, click on the “More” at the bottom of your screen. 
  3. Click on Virtual Background (Android) or Background and Filters (iOS).
  4. Tap the Blur option.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can you use GIF or Videos as Zoom Background?

Yes, you can use GIF or videos as a Zoom background. However, you need to convert a GIF file to MP4 or MOV file as the application takes only these 2 video formats. To use a GIF or a video as background, Open Zoom > Settings > Select “Background & Filters” > Click on “+” > Select “Video” > Choose the file. How to Change or Blur Background in Zoom

What is the Recommended Size for Zoom Virtual Background?

In case you are planning to add your own image as a virtual background, Zoom recommends the image to have 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution (16:9 aspect ratio) and a maximum size of 5 MB. The background can be of any of the following formats – GIF, JPG/JPEG or 24-bit PNG (no alpha). In case you upload a PNG image, transparent areas of PNGs will be shown on a white background.

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