Zoom While we’re staying at home during the coronavirus crisis, work meetings, family dinners and chilling with friends have moved from the real world to the virtual one. And the big winner of the virtual video wars is Zoom meetings. The free group conference software has become ubiquitous during our quarantines.
But while late-night talk shows and cable news are filled with professors and celebrities showing off their carefully-curated bookshelves and fancy kitchens, we regular Joes are upgrading our boring living room and messy bedroom backdrops with Zoom’s virtual backgrounds option.
The Zoom virtual backgrounds feature allows the user to select any photo they wish to use as their backdrop behind their talking head for morning pow-wows, dinner dates and group trivia. But where does one find the coolest of the cool backgrounds to impress our friends and coworkers and show our personal style?
The best Zoom virtual backgrounds
We’ve scoured the internet to collect 50 of the most awesome pop culture images, gorgeous cityscapes, funny memes, iconic landmarks, weird finds and more to amaze and amuse your fellow Zoomers. Every image here is either in the public domain or offered for free by their copyright holder for you to decorate your Zoom box without worry.
Just in case this is your first time, here’s how to set a virtual background on Zoom:
- Download the background of your choice. Better yet, download a few options, in case you want to switch them out.
- After you sign into a Zoom call, look for an icon that says “Stop video” in the bottom left corner of the window. Click the arrow to the right side of it, and select “Choose a virtual background.”
- Upload as many backgrounds as you’d like, and switch them whenever you please.
Here comes the fun part: Browse through these free Zoom backgrounds, and download your favorites. Then schedule your next virtual happy hour to show ’em
How to change your Zoom background
Setting any of these images above to be your Zoom meeting background couldn’t be easier. Just follow these steps:
- Find the image you wish to use on any of the websites above. Right-click on the image (or control-click on Mac or long-press on your iPhone… sorry Galaxy folks, Zoom virtual backgrounds are not supported on Android) and choose “Save Image.”
- Join your Zoom meeting by clicking the link you were sent by the meeting host (choosing “Open Zoom Meeting” if prompted). Note: If you have not previously downloaded Zoom, you will be prompted to do so.
- Select “Join with Video,” and you will see yourself on your laptop or phone against your boring, real-life background.
- To set a new background, go to the bottom of the screen, click the up-arrow to the right of the “Stop Video” button (or click the “More” button on iOS), and select “Choose a Virtual Background.”
- On the window that pops up, choose the “Virtual Background” tab (if not already selected) and make sure “I have a green screen” is unselected. (On iOS, this step is done automatically.)
- Then click “Add Image” (or the “+” sign on your iPhone).
- Find the image you saved on your hard drive, most likely in Downloads or on your desktop, double click or open it and — bam — you have your new virtual background. Just close the setting dialog box and start talking!
Have fun with Zoom
If we’re going to be living our best life from home during the coronavirus outbreak, we may as well have some fun with these Zoom virtual backgrounds.