How To Use The Zoom Virtual Background Feature | Professional Woman Using Zoom Virtual Background

Let’s face it, the corporate world has been slow to move to more virtual based business engagements. Recently with the new stay orders due to COVID-19, businesses have been forced to explore new ways of conducting business virtually. While video conferencing provides an amazing way to collaborate virtually, some people are still a bit behind when it comes to presenting a professional look. We’ll leave your professional attire up to you, but below we’ll discuss how to use a Zoom virtual background to upgrade you to certified expert status with video conferencing.

Zoom video conferencing is like many other cloud based online meetings.  The virtual background is an extremely cool feature and can be very helpful if you don’t have an ideal place to setup up your computer at home. One caveat to using the virtual background is that your computer will need to meet or exceed Zoom application specs. Additionally smartphones and tablets are unable to utilize this feature as of now.

Here is how to enable a Zoom virtual background during your meeting from a desktop or laptop computer:


  1. In a Zoom meeting click the ^ arrow next to Start/Stop Video.
  2. Click Choose a virtual background
  3. Select Virtual Background, then tap the background you would like, then tap Done.

Zoom Virtual Background Upload

You can also upload your own background by clicking on the small + icon. Use an image that is at least 1920 x 1080. You can also upload a short video clip loop if you like, although this can use a lot of computer processing power, so be sure to take that into consideration.

Now that you know how to select a Zoom virtual background, try experimenting with different images or even creating a profession background in your photo editing software. The options are endless and at the very least can be a fun creative activity to do during this period of down time.

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