How to Use Zoom's Virtual Background Feature

How to Use Zoom's Virtual Background Feature

Zoom is an immensely useful way of hosting video conferencing chats or webinars. It offers some very useful features that other video conferencing tools don't provide, like the option to use a Zoom virtual background during your calls. Set it up, and you won't have to worry about your messy room or if your living space looks a little too 'lived in', proving perfect when you need to work from home.

How Does the Zoom Virtual Background Work?

To use Zoom's video chat background feature, you need a fairly high spec PC or Mac to enable it. That means your Mac or PC will need a very recent version of its operating system and higher-end quad-core processor. If you have an older, lower spec system then you'll require placing a physical green screen behind you for Zoom conference to be able to pick up on it and translate your background to a more aesthetically pleasing backdrop than what was there before.

How to Set up Zoom's Virtual Background Feature

It's recommended that you use a reasonably high quality webcam and avoid wearing clothing that are the same color as the virtual background. Watch the video or follow the written instructions below to get your background set up.

How to Use Zoom's Virtual Background Feature

Assuming your PC or Mac has the power to cope with the virtual background feature, it's easy to set up. Here's how to do it, and hide all that clutter behind you.

  1. Open the Zoom desktop client. You may need to log in at this stage.
  2. Click the Settings cog.
  3. Click Virtual Background.
  4. Click on a virtual background of your choice.
  5. If your PC/Mac is powerful enough, the virtual background will be immediately applied to your image.
  6. If you have a lower spec system, set up a green screen behind you and tick the I have a green screen box to see your virtual background correctly.

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