Zooming fun – how to add virtual backgrounds

by | 19 Apr 2020

Anyone else Zooming their way through the Covid19? I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I rarely used Zoom before ‘iso’ and the new world order arrived. Now it’s my go-to for staying in touch with colleagues, family, friends and keeping the connections real. Rather than give you a step-by-step on how to use Zoom, I thought I’d go straight to the fun part – how to add Zoom virtual backgrounds. Create your signature style and make your Zoom calls fun…also saves cleaning up your “office”.

Getting started

You’ll need to log in to your Zoom account.

Head to your settings menu;

Zoom meetings settings tab

Now, scroll down to ‘In Meeting (Advanced)’ and you’ll find and option to turn on virtual backgrounds.

Zoom settings turning on virtual background

Once that’s done you’re ready to roll!

Enabling your virtual background

In a Zoom meeting click on the Λ arrow next to start/stop video;

Choose virtual background

You may be prompted to download the virtual background package – you’ll only need to do this once.

A settings screen will appear that allows you to control various aspects of your audio, video etc. Click on virtual background.

Zoom will have already filled this area with some generic virtual backgrounds but here you also have the option to add an image or a video. It’s a simple one click to browse your photos and choose your own virtual background or video.

Zoom virtual backgrounds

Need some inspiration?

If you’re stuck for a great image or video to use, coup© have made life easy with this free catalogue of downloadable backgrounds.

All that’s left is to go and have some Zooming fun!

Read more about working from home and download our free guide.


Hi, I’m Justine – I’m so happy to find you here. The Flossi Creative blog is a resource for the dreamers, doers and career crusaders. Enjoy!

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