Working from home has become a major part of most of our lives. Every now and then, we need to attend video conferences. However, you might feel uncomfortable showing your untidy room during a professional video call.  To save you from much embarrassment, the virtual background feature comes in handy. It can hide your real background environment and give it a professional touch. 

Hiding your Background during Video calls in Zoom

  1. Download, install, and open Zoom. Select the “Settings” icon in the top-right corner of the window. 
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  1. Select “Virtual Background” from the “Settings” window. 
Virtual background option in the left pane
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  1. Then, you’ll see a video preview of your current background environment along with a “Rotate 90° option on the top right-hand side.
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  1. Below the preview, you’ll find a few backgrounds to choose from. You can also select the “I Have A Green Screen” or “Mirror My Video” option. If you have a green screen in your background, make sure to check that option because it will improve the quality of your virtual background significantly.
  2. Select one of the virtual backgrounds from the library.
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  1. The background will instantly appear behind you and the actual background will be completely hidden.
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  1. If you’re unsatisfied with the background options in the library, you can use your own options. Select the “Add Image or Video” button (represented by the “+” icon) from the virtual background selection panel. Then, choose “Add Image” or “Add Video.”
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  1. Zoom will open the File Explorer (or Finder for Mac). Open the location of the image or video you’d like to use, select it, and then click the “Open” button.
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  1. The selected background will now be implemented. Make sure that the chosen image is of high-resolution. This will ensure that your video’s quality won’t decrease.