Zoom: How to Add a Virtual Background

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The Virtual Background feature allows you to display an image or video as your background during a Zoom Meeting. This feature works best with a green screen and uniform lighting, to allow Zoom to detect the difference between you and your background. You can also upload your own images or videos as a virtual background.

How to Add a Virtual Background

  1. Download the image you want to use as your background and save it to a place that you can access later (You will need it for step 5)
  2. Once you are in Zoom, Click on the arrow next to Start/Stop video and click Choose Virtual Background
     Zoom menu option to choose virtual background
  3. Click the plus sign (+) in the virtual background section
     Image showing the Virtual Background selection page and the plus sign that needs to be selected
  4. In the pop-up click Add Image
  5. Then navigate to where you saved your image in step 1 and click Open.
  6. Your virtual background will then be set to the one that you added.


For more information:

Check out Zoom Support's page on Virtual Backgrounds

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