Make Your Zoom Calls Fun With Backgrounds and Filters

Here’s how to place yourself in an exotic location or touch up your video with a filter.

Story by Zachary McAuliffe and Alison DeNisco Rayome, CNET

Changing your background in a Zoom call is easy, and it doesn’t take as much effort as cleaning your office or room. You’ve likely noticed your coworkers using virtual backgrounds like outer space, the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge or a popular TV show setting.

Before using a virtual background though, make sure your system has the right requirements to use the feature. Otherwise, you might not be able to float around in space in your meeting.

You should also be aware that if you gesture a lot or move in your chair while using a virtual background, others in the call might notice small breaks in the background around your movements.

Here’s how to change your Zoom background and add filters to your video calls.

Changing your Zoom background on the desktop app

1. Open Zoom.

2. Click your name in the top right corner.

3. Click Settings.

4. Click Background & Effects in the panel on the left to open a new page that shows a carousel of preloaded Zoom backgrounds.

5. Click the background image you want to use, and it will automatically change your video.

6. After clicking on your choice, you can exit the menu and the background should be applied to your next Zoom call.

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