Zoom With Virtual Background In Use On IphoneSource: Luke Filipowicz / iMore

Zoom offers a unified communications platform that provides video meetings, voice, webinars, and chat across multiple platforms, including desktops, phones, mobile devices, and conference room systems. It's part of what makes Zoom so accessible because whether you want to use your best Mac or your best iPhone, you can video chat with anyone else who uses Zoom. Since the entire world is trying to work from home more lately, Zoom has seen increased use. If you're using Zoom for your meetings or connecting with friends and family, you can always spice things up with virtual backgrounds.

Virtual backgrounds are kind of like having a green screen behind you, meaning you can choose any picture you want to display behind you in a Zoom call. Zoom offers some built-in defaults, but you can also select a picture stored on your phone or Mac.

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A tip before you get started

While Zoom is full of settings that can help you make the most out of your video chatting experience, my best advice for using virtual backgrounds during your calls is simple. Use the best webcam you have. If that's a nice external one, that's perfect — an iPhone certainly works too. The virtual background tends to work better with better cameras.

How to use virtual backgrounds in Zoom on iPhone and iPad

When you're using Zoom on iOS, you need to be in a meeting to enable virtual backgrounds.

  1. Launch Zoom from your Home screen.
  2. Tap New Meeting to start a meeting or Join to join a meeting.
  3. Enter the required info to start or join a meeting.

    Launching Zoom on iPhone and entering a meeting: Launch Zoom from your Home screen, tap new meeting or join, then enter information required.Source: iMore

  4. Tap More in the bottom right corner of your screen.

  5. Tap Virtual Background.
  6. Tap the picture you want to use.

    The more tab In Zoom, the options In Zoom, and choosing a virtual background In Zoom: Tap more, tap virtual background, and then tap the picture you want.Source: iMore

How to add photos from Camera Roll to virtual backgrounds in Zoom on iOS

If you don't want to stick with the default backgrounds, you can add any image from your iPhone to Zoom and start using it as a background.

  1. Launch Zoom from your Home screen.
  2. Tap New Meeting to start a meeting or Join to join a meeting.
  3. Enter the required info to start or join a meeting.

    Launching Zoom on iPhone and entering a meeting: Launch Zoom from your Home screen, tap new meeting or join, then enter information required.Source: iMore

  4. Tap More in the bottom right corner of your screen.

  5. Tap Virtual Background.
  6. Tap the +.

    The Zoom more tab, the Zoom options, and sleeting to add a picture for virtual backgrounds: Tap more, tap virtual background, and then tap the + button. Source: iMore

  7. Tap the photo you want to use.

  8. Tap Done.

    Selecting a photo for Zoom virtual backgrounds: Tap the photo you want and then tap done.Source: iMore

How to enable virtual backgrounds for all meetings in Zoom on iPhone and iPad

By default, Zoom on iOS will only use your virtual background you selected for the meeting you are currently in; however, you can change this setting to apply to all meetings.

  1. Launch Zoom from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Meetings.

    Launching Zoom on iPhone and the Zoom Settings Menu: Launch Zoom from your Home screen, tap settings, and then tap meetings.Source: iMore

  4. Tap Keep Virtual Background for. You'll need to scroll down to the bottom of the menu to see it.

  5. Tap All Meetings.

    Changing the settings for virtual backgrounds in Zoom on iPhone: Tao keep virtual background for and then tap all meetings.Source: iMore

Now, whichever virtual background you have picked out will automatically apply to all meetings.

How to use virtual backgrounds in Zoom on Mac

  1. Launch Zoom.
  2. Click on Settings. It's the little gear icon in the top right corner of the screen.

    Launching Zoom on Mac and clicking on Settings: Launch Zoom and then click on Settings.Source: iMore

  3. Click on Virtual Background from the sidebar.

  4. Click on the image you want to use as a background.

    Settings menu in Zoom on Mac and selecting a photo for virtual backgrounds: Click on virtual backgroun, and then click on the image you want.Source: iMore

How to add photos from your Mac to virtual backgrounds in Zoom

  1. Launch Zoom.
  2. Click on Settings. It's the little gear icon in the top right corner of the screen.

    Launching Zoom on Mac and clicking on Settings:Launch Zoom and then click on Settings.Source: iMore

  3. Click on Virtual Background from the sidebar.

  4. Click on the +.

    Settings menu in Zoom on Mac and adding a photo tp the virtual backgrounds menu: Click on virtual back ground and then click on the + symbol.Source: iMore

  5. Find the photo you want to use.

  6. Double-click on the photo you want to use as a background.

    Using finder to find a photo in Zoom and selecting a photo: Fidn the photo you want to use and then double-click the photo.Source: iMore

Any questions?

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Updated April 2021: Updated for iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur.