How to blur background in Zoom

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How to blur background in Zoom

The blur backdrop option might be a perfect substitute if a personalized virtual background is not accessible or does not meet your demands but you still want to keep some privacy with relation to your surroundings. By blurring the background of your video, you may avoid seeing precisely who or what is behind you. It’s excellent for keeping things professional, disguising a messy dorm room, or holding a conference at a coffee shop.

This article will show you how to blur background in Zoom on your PC or mobile device.

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Prerequisites for using blurred background

Zoom desktop client: 

  • Windows: 5.5.0 (12454.0131) or higher
  • macOS: 5.5.0 (12467.0131) or higher
  • Linux: 5.7.6 (31792.0820) or higher

Zoom mobile app: 

  • Android: 5.6.6 (2076) or higher
  • iOS: 5.6.6 (423) or higher

Meet the system requirements for Virtual Background

  • Desktop clients must meet the requirements in the “Images only without a green screen” sections
  • Mobile apps must meet the device requirements for Android and iOS.

How to enable blur background

The Blur option is just a variant of the virtual background options, and is directly controlled by the Virtual Background setting. Please refer to the Enabling Virtual Background section of the Virtual Background support article. 

How to blur background in Zoom – Windows / macOS / Linux

How to enable blur background before a meeting on PC

  1. Sign in to the Zoom desktop client.
  2. Click your profile picture, then click settings button Settings.
    settings button under profile pic
  3. Select Backgrounds & Filters virtual background button.
    Note: If you do not have the Virtual Background tab and you have enabled it on the web portal, sign out of the Zoom desktop client and sign in again.
  4. Click the Blur option.
    Your background will become blurred behind you, obscuring your surroundings.

How to enable blur background during a meeting

  1. Join a Zoom Meeting or a Webinar as a panelist. 
  2. In the bottom-left corner of the video window, click the up arrow up arrow button button next to the Start Video  / Stop Video video on button button. 
  3. Click Blur My Background
    Note: This option requires version 5.9.3 or higher. Please refer to the section above to control the blur background feature when using older versions. 

How to blur background in Zoom – Android / iOS

How to enable blur background during a meeting on android or iOS

  1. Sign in to the Zoom mobile app.
  2. While in a Zoom meeting, tap  More in the controls.
    more button
  3. Tap Virtual Background (Android) or Background and Filters (iOS).
  4. Tap the Blur option.
    Your background will become blurred behind you, obscuring your surroundings.

How to change Zoom background

1) Fire up the Zoom app, click your profile in the top right corner, and then click “Settings”.

2) A menu will then come up on the left. From there, head to “Virtual Background”.

3) Click the “+” icon next to “Choose Virtual Background”. A box will then pop up and this should allow you to upload your own photo. Select the image you want and it should appear alongside the photos Zoom provides for you to choose from.

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