[How-To] Change Your Zoom Virtual Background

Learn how to add, change, and use a virtual background for your next Zoom meeting.

Learn how to add, change, and use a virtual background for your next Zoom meeting.

Because of COVID-19, hanging out with friends, eating at your favorite restaurants, and going to work isn’t really an option. With social distancing mandates in place, Zoom* meetings are becoming more prevalent than ever. In fact, Zoom Video Communications recently reported that their growth soared from 10 million daily meeting participants in December 2019, to 200 million in March 2020. 


If you’re one of those 200 million, chances are you’ve seen a Zoom background before. If you haven’t, when you use Zoom, you have the ability to add a virtual background to your screen. This is a great option for if you have kids or pets, or simply don’t want people to see the inside of your home. For your most important business meetings, you can even create a custom Zoom background that links to your digital business card.


If you’d like to change your Zoom virtual background, make sure you have the latest version of Zoom. You can do this by checking for updates on your computer. Then, complete these simple steps to add a virtual background to your Zoom meeting (this guide works for both Mac and Windows computers).

If you have a Zoom account:

If you do not have a Zoom account, please scroll down.

1. Log in to the Zoom desktop app

2. Click the Settings icon

Zoom app settings icon
Click the Settings icon

3. Click “Virtual Background”

Zoom app Settings, click Virtual Background
Click "Virtual Background"

4. Click the "+" button to add a new background and choose your background

Zoom App settings, upload virtual background
Click the “+” button to add a new background and choose your background

If you don't have a Zoom account:

You can only add a virtual background during a call. Once you’re on a call, complete the following steps:

1. Click the “^” arrow next to the video icon

Zoom meeting with six people
Click the “^” arrow next to the video icon

2. Select “Choose Virtual Background...”

Zoom meeting, choose virtual background
Select “Choose Virtual Background”

3. Click the "+" button to add a new background and choose your background

Zoom Settings, virtual background
Click the “+” button to add a new background and choose your background

Please note that Zoom sometimes has a mirroring effect—while your background may appear backwards to you, it will display correctly to everyone else on the call. (You can disable the “Mirror my video” setting in the Video section of the Settings on Zoom.)


If you want to create your own personalized background to use on Zoom—which includes your logo, name, title, company and a link to your digital business card—you can do so with HiHello. Once downloaded, you can add your virtual background to your computer by following the same steps shown above. 


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*Zoom refers to the leading cloud platform for video conferencing provided by Zoom Video Communications Inc. HiHello is neither affiliated with nor endorsed by Zoom.

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