20 Free Zoom Backgrounds to Light up Your Virtual Meetings

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Cynthia Moreno

30th April 2020

Cynthia Moreno

As the world shuts down, with people learning to stay united by staying apart, the coronavirus era has given the phrase the digital world a whole new meaning.

Since the very beginning of the year 2020, we have witnessed a stretch of adverse events. With the Australian Bush fire, devastating floods, death of Kobe Bryant, and the ongoing global pandemic termed COVID-19, and among other teething troubles, the new year has witnessed violence, countless deaths, and nothing but a series of unfortunate events.

We definitely did not see this coming. The ongoing global pandemic has restricted us to our homes and households. These limitations are resulting in office closures, ceased travel plans, complete social isolation, and forced to work from home for an indefinite amount of time.

Earth May Be Closed, but the Digital World Is In Full Swing

Due to a drastic shift to remote working conditions, Zoom has quickly become the de-facto standard for all educational and work-related video calls.

While we are all stuck inside working and daydreaming about the world outside, there’s no reason you cannot zing up your remote life.

To make your online meetings and classes more fun and amusing, make use of the Zoom Virtual Background feature. The backdrop feature offers creative designs to not only make your meeting more visually appealing but to disguise your messy backgrounds as well.

Moreover, sometimes it’s just about privacy and what you want to reveal to your colleagues and classmates.

No Need to Look For Secluded Corners Anymore!

For all other reasons of discomfort – it is a great thing that Zoom offers the virtual backgrounds option. If you are using plain backgrounds for your Zoom calls, it’s time to get creative and fill that space with creative designs.

What Is A Zoom Background?

Zoom offers a free feature included on all Zoom Plans called Zoom Virtual Background. The feature aims at automatically detecting a subject (you) and the background and differentiate between the two.

This feature allows the user to replace the real backdrop with the desired image, designs, or a video of choice.

How Zoom Background Works

Zoom Virtual Background uses green screen technology to replace your backdrop with selected designs and make it look as realistic as possible. The algorithm tries it best; however, it is safe to say that it is not perfect.

Users have reported interruptions in the background, and bugs that make parts of your face disappear on occasion. To avoid this problem, Zoom recommends using bright lighting and avoid wearing colors similar to your real backdrop. This will help the bots distinguish between you and your backdrop quickly and effectively.

Zoom Background Requirements

Zoom’s Virtual background feature is available for Windows, Mac, and iOS users. To use Zoom, you need to download Zoom first. Once you have set up for your device, check Zoom’s background requirements . The linked pages are full of relevant details vis-à-vis what operating system and processor are required.

Now that we have discussed the nitty-gritty let’s move on to listing some of the most creative designs for Zoom Background.

Free Zoom Backgrounds to Spice up Your Next Remote Zoom Meeting

 

1.   Vacation Spots

travel plans abruptly canceled due to the global pandemic

Were your travel plans abruptly canceled due to the global pandemic? Well, you are not alone. We were all affected by the global crisis. But just because you can’t go to your dream vacation, does not mean your dream vacation can’t come to you.

Okay, that was a little confusing—Scratch that. What we are trying to say is that use creative designs and images from your favorite travel destinations on your Zoom Meetings and keep your dream alive!

You definitely won’t convince anyone that you’re actually at the beach right now, but it doesn’t hurt to dream … right?

Download More Vacation Spot Images here

2.   Plants and Florae

Find creative designs inspired by all things natural

Find creative designs inspired by all things natural. The tropical plants, flowers, bees, birds, and natural colors to create a relaxing atmosphere. Give your Zoom meetings a lovely outdoorsy backdrop that is fresh, green, and inspiring.

Download More Plants and Florae Images here

3.   Popular TV Shows

Virtual Backgrounds is going to convince anyone

Okay, so we know that none of these Virtual Backgrounds is going to convince anyone one that you’re someplace else, right?So why not get creative designs instead of using a plain old background?

You can find backdrops from your favorite TV showsand show off your enthusiasm in front of your friends and colleagues. Plenty of media companies are sharing Zoom backgrounds of their properties for free.

HBO is sharing wallpapers  centered around shows like Silicon Valley, Westworld, and Last Week Tonight. NBC is sharing backgrounds from their show Parks and Recreation .Fox is sharing a cloud of Zoom backgrounds  based on The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Bob’s Burgers, etc.

4.   Memes

Get creative with designs and use memes that best define you

Get creative with designs and use memes that best define you. It isn’t professional per se, but you can still use memes if you want. If you have a friendly meeting with one of your co-workers, you can always use memes to distract yourself with a good laugh.

Download More Memes Images here

5.   Decorative Backgrounds

creative designs and elements in your Zoom backdrop

Use colorful, creative designs and elements in your Zoom backdrop to give it a playful and personal feel. Find a charming virtual environment to inject some personality into your virtual Zoom meeting.

 

Download More Decorative Backdrops Images here

6.   Nothing but Cats

show it off to your colleagues

If you are a cat lover, show it off to your colleagues and mates by using creative designs based on kittens.

Such designs will bring colors and fun detail with a dose of quirky humor. Who wouldn’t want to see cute little cats face in a fun setting?

7.   Favorite Movies

Take a trip to your beloved movie universe

Take a trip to your beloved movie universe with virtual backgrounds from different movies. You can find Zoom backgrounds to entertain your favorite fictional locations.

Download More Movies Images here

8.   Minimal Cityscape

Use skyscrapers and cityscape to give your Zoom meetings a vibrant effect

Use skyscrapers and cityscape to give your Zoom meetings a vibrant effect. It definitely would be obvious that you aren’t connected with your coworkers on a rooftop, but that shouldn’t let you stop from thinking that sky is the limit, right?

 

Download More Cityscape Images here

9.   Room with a View

If you aren’t a fan of your own space and want to show a more decorative

If you aren’t a fan of your own space and want to show a more decorative and inspired backdrop, we got you. Find simple, homey backgrounds to lift your spirits and get your creative juices flowing.

10.   Retro Backdrops

Use designs witha relaxed retro vibe to make a playful

Use designs witha relaxed retro vibe to make a playful and serene atmosphere. Perfect for those who like to keep it simple yet charming.

 

Download More Retro Images here

11.   Use Colors

Colors create the most creative and striking visual effect

Colors create the most creative and striking visual effect. Find images containing your favorite colors and upload them to your Zoom virtual background.

Download More Solid Color Images here

12.   Nature and Sky

Nature and the skies bring life to an otherwise dull space

Nature and the skies bring life to an otherwise dull space. The same goes for the virtual environment. If the sky is your aesthetic, show it off in your next Zoom meeting.

Download More Sky Images here

13.   Minimalistic

monochromatic Zoom background to portraya relaxed and minimalistic vibe

Use modern, monochromatic Zoom background to portraya relaxed and minimalistic vibe. Simple yet creative designs can make any backdrop stand out in your next video chat.

 

14.   Hangout Hotspots

We all miss going out to cafés, bars, restaurants, and concerts

We all miss going out to cafés, bars, restaurants, and concerts, so why not make a background of your favorite hangout spot? A backdrop of a restaurant or a café not only gives a professional vibe but will also remind yourself of what to look forward to.

You can use a group photo from your last meet up, or find one on Google Images to make you feel at home.

15.   Textured

If you are looking to keep it monochromatic without too many distractions

If you are looking to keep it monochromatic without too many distractions, find textured designs. Such designs are best if you like monotones and want to use a more sleek effect.

Download More Textured Images here

16.   Water

Water has a calming and soothing energy that naturally draws everyone towards it

Water has a calming and soothing energy that naturally draws everyone towards it. If you love the ocean and miss it dearly, now is the time to showcase your interests. Simply find backdrop designs of the ocean you like the most and use them in your next meeting!

Download More Water Images here

17.   Abstract

Use abstract designs to create a more edgy and creative backdrop

Use abstract designs to create a more edgy and creative backdrop. Dive into your next online class and start learning from imaginative backdrops.

Download More Abstract Images here

18.   Indoor

Set up your video calls in an indoor environment

Set up your video calls in an indoor environment by using designs and images that portray the living room, terrace, or garden of a virtual home as your backdrop to disguise your own space.

19.   Artsy

Pretend you’re hard at work at an art gallery

Pretend you’re hard at work at an art gallery with backdrop designs inspired by sculptures, portraits, and paintings from some of the most famous artists around the world.

Download More Artsy Images here

20.   Airbnb Homes

Satisfy your desire to travel without packing your bags

Satisfy your desire to travel without packing your bags. Choose your dream travel destination, and then download a virtual backdrop from Airbnb to travel there virtually.

Download More Airbnb Images here

Hold Up, That’s Not It!

Keep in mind that Zoom virtual backgrounds are available for all types of meetings, webinars, and Zoom rooms. The backgrounds, however, are supported only on Windows, Mac, and all iOS devices.

If you don’t know how to set up a backdrop of your choice, don’t fret. We got you covered!

How to Set Up a Virtual Zoom Background

 

1. Log in to your Zoom web portal

2. Navigate to settings

3. Scroll to ‘In Meeting (advanced)’

4. Set the slider to the right to activate this option

5. Log in to your Zoom desktop version

6. Click on video settings and make sure the lighting is just right

7. Choose your virtual Zoom background

How to Change Your Virtual Zoom Background on Desktop

 

1. Open your Desktop application

2. Navigate to Settings > Virtual Background

3. Ensure that “I have a green screen” is unchecked if you’re not using one

4. Select the Zoom Background Image you would like to upload from your files

How to Change Your Virtual Zoom Background during a Meeting

 

1. Click on the arrow to the right of your video icon at the bottom of your screen

2. Select Video settings > Virtual background

3. Select or upload the new background you would like to use

4. To upload your image, click on the plus symbol (+) > Add image

5. Select your new Zoom Background Image from your files

How to Change Your Virtual Zoom Background on iPhone or iPad

 

1. Sign in to the Zoom Mobile app for iOS

2. While in a meeting, tap More > Virtual background

3. Select the Background image you would like to use, or upload your image by tapping on the Plus symbol (+)

4. Tap Close to return to your meeting

 

Say Goodbye to Boring Virtual Meetings!

 

The world is facing a long list of troubles that may seem endless. But that does not mean that we give up on everything. During this global pandemic, we need to stay strong and stay united.

Keep finding new ways to bring happiness and optimism to the table. If it’s through adding fun background designs to your Zoom meetings, so be it!

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Stay home, stay safe. And comment below your favorite Zoom backgrounds!

 





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