If you’re looking to get the most out of your video conference, you may want to consider some ways to customize it. Not only can you control the look and feel of your video conferencing platform, but you can also make your video conferences more collaborative and productive by customizing the background of your meeting room! Here’s the list of platforms that support this feature as well as how to change the background on your preferred video conference platform

zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams all support the background change functionality, all with a variant degree of complexity and requirement you have to keep in mind when choosing a platform over the other, some even have a strict hardware requirement 

keep reading to have a full understanding of each platform’s features and caveat when it comes to changing your video call background

what platform supports background change

This post was written for PC users only. Sorry Mac users, but all platforms support different features and there is no way to be sure that we are listing everything. Please check your user manual or chat with tech support if you want to know more. So, we are going to stick with Windows here and cover a number of platforms that supports this feature and have many options for a custom feel of your own

1-zoom:

The Virtual Background feature was introduced to give you an additional degree of privacy if need be, or a polished and professional appearance for when presenting. To join with a Virtual Background Feature may require higher specifications depending on the type of device and whether there will be an actual Green Screen.

A downside to having either style of background is that it uses more resources – hence requiring a better computer or laptop. With or without your desired backdrop, once configured your visible green screen then populates whatever images/videos are desired onto your background while still projecting the presentations given in real-time

2-Google meets:

To avoid distractions or make video meetings even more enjoyable, you can substitute your background with an image or video.

The only downside is that people who are signed out and need to request admission cannot choose their own backgrounds until the meeting begins. If you have Google Workspace for Education, you cannot upload custom backgrounds either.

In addition to static pictures, the virtual background feature (with or without a green screen) lets you select short videos as your virtual background. Just like with a virtual background without a green screen, using this option will require more system resources – so it has higher system requirements.

3-Microsoft teams also known as skype:

these two platforms are basically the same with Microsoft teams coming with more options for larger teams, learn the difference between these two in this article here.

If you’re looking for the best video-calling experience around, then look no further than Microsoft Teams! With these great options, you can adjust the background image or even blur it out – just like Zoom! This will allow your callers to focus 100% on what they want to say. You can also make these adjustments before joining a meeting or while on a call.

More platforms with background change and blur features

1-cisco webex:

Limit distractions and maintain privacy in your meetings by blurring or changing the background. You can replace what shows behind you with a preset image or one of your own. unlike other platforms, webex supports this feature on all supported devices

keep in mind that using this feature needs some hardware requirements to work properly

for mac and windows: you need at least 2 GB of Vram and a supported processor(at least an intel core i3)

for android: you need at least 8 core processor, 4 GB of ram, and android 9.0 or higher

for iPhone/iPad: at least an iPhone 7 or an iPad air 3rd gen

to change or blur your background image :

During a call or meeting, click your self-view video, and then choose Change Virtual Background.

alternatively, you can change your background before your video call, just go to settings>video>change the virtual background, select the image you want to show or blur and then click Apply

Webex App remembers your selection for your next call or meeting.

3-blue jeans:

the Virtual Background feature allows you to display an image as your background or blur the background during a BlueJeans Meeting. 

before going threw the steps to setting this up, you need to know the requirement for enabling this feature on your device:

  • This feature is available for Windows and Mac users and is not supported on the browser client
  • you need at least macOS (10.14.6 & above)1 & Windows 10 for the pc
  • Virtual backgrounds may be disabled in some circumstances such as if the virtual backgrounds library on the machine is not compatible with the app version.  IT administrators may need to make sure both are updated during upgrades.
  •  If you are running on an old Intel HD 620/UHD620 graphics card, we recommend updating the graphics driver to the latest version (preferably 26.20.xxx).
  • If the machine does not support the AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions) instruction set, Background Blur and Virtual Background will fail with the below error. Unfortunately, there’s no workaround to get the Background Blur and Virtual Background working on affected machines.

now that’s out of the way let’s go threw the steps:

  • before the meeting: go to preferences>virtual background>choose your options and hit save, your changes will stick threw your future meetings
  • during your call: go to settings>change the virtual background and make your changes live 

how to change my background on Microsoft teams

Video conferencing is great for the workplace, but you might not want to show your office behind you. Microsoft Teams makes it easy to switch up your background so that the view on your screen matches what’s behind you in real life. 

before going threw the steps here’s what to consider:

  1. For now, Linux users aren’t able to use this feature.
  2. Background effects won’t be available to you if you’re using Teams through optimized virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

Here’s how to get started: 

  • Right-click any open area of a chat window and select Change Background. 
  • Your screen will now display a live video feed of whatever is behind you at the time (with a pretty wide angle, too).
  • You can adjust or remove the background video by right-clicking again and selecting Show/Hide Video Background.

Change your background before a meeting starts

While you’re setting up your video and audio before joining a meeting, select Background filters Background settings. It’s just below the video image. 

Your background options will display on the right.

Select Blur to blur your background. You’ll appear nice and clear while everything behind you is subtly concealed. 

You can also replace your background with one of the images provided, or with one of your choosing. To use an image of your own, select Add new and then select one to upload from your computer. Make sure it’s a .JPG, .PNG, or .BMP file.

Your new background will persist in all your meetings and calls until you change it again.

To turn off background effects, select None(empty circle logo)

Change your background during a meeting

Go to your meeting controls and select More actions  Microsoft Teams more options icon  > Apply background effects  Background settings.

Select Blur to blur your background, or choose from the available images to replace it. To upload an image of your own, select Add new and pick a . JPG, PNG, or. BMP file from your computer.

To turn off background effects, select   Option for turning off background effects.

Select Preview to see how your chosen background looks before you apply it, and then select Apply.

Change your background for a Teams meeting

If you want to change what appears behind you in your video meeting or call, you can either blur your background, replace it entirely with any image you want, or use Teams virtual background template. 

Note: Blurring or replacing your background might not prevent sensitive information from being visible to other people in the call or meeting.

Mobile Platforms:

 Change your background before a meeting starts

While you’re setting up your video and audio before joining a meeting, select Background effects  Background settings near the top of the screen.

Your background options appear below your image.

The options available for backgrounds on mobile video

Select Blur to blur your background. You’ll appear nice and clear while everything behind you is subtly concealed.

You can also replace your background with one of the images provided, or with one of your own choosing.

To use an image of your own, select the plus sign and then select one to upload from your device. Make sure it’s a .JPG, .PNG, or .BMP file.

Select Done.

Your new background will persist in all your meetings and calls until you change it again.

To turn off background effects, select  Option for turning off background effects.

Change your background during a meeting or call

Go to your meeting or call controls and select More options  Microsoft Teams more options icon  > Background effects  Background settings.

Follow steps 2 and 3 above.

Android requirements

To change your background, your Android device must have the following:

  • Teams mobile app for Android (version 1416/1.0.0.2021143402 or later)
  • Android version 10 or later

GPU:

  • Qualcomm Adreno 610 or later
  • Arm Mali-G71 or later
  • Arm Mali-T720 or later

how to change my background on google meets

Changing your background image using Google Meetings is super simple so don’t be intimidated by all of the bells and whistles that are attached to an application like Google Hangouts, especially because most of those bells and whistles aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Hardware requirements:

although changing your google meets background or applying the blur effect is a straightforward process, you might find yourself left behind with a stuttering mess of a video call or even not be able to enable this feature altogether, this might be due to a hardware limitation on your part

hardware requirement for Computer:

A supported browser version: chrome version M87 or higher on all three computer platforms(Windows, Mac, and Linux)

Chrome hardware acceleration enabled.

How to Turn on hardware acceleration on Windows or Mac

  1. Open Chrome browser.
  2. Click More and then Settings.
  3. Next to Advanced, click the Down arrow
  4. Click System.
  5. Turn on Use hardware acceleration when available.
  6. Restart the Chrome browser.

Check WebGL 2.0 support:

Check if your browser supports WebGL 2.0 by visiting the WebGL Report.

Verify that Major Performance Caveat is marked as No.

Your browser might disable WebGL if the device is unstable or causes crashes. You can’t enforce WebGL on unstable WebGL devices.

hardware requirements on Android:

unfortunately, the background change and the blur options aren’t available on all android devices(at least for now),

if you wanna use these features you have to use a device with android version P or higher such as the Samsung Galaxy s9 or higher, and the google pixel 3 and newer,

the supported selection gonna be bigger as more devices update to the newer version

hardware requirement on iPhone/iPad:

Basically, if you have a newish iPhone or iPad you are covered, apple supports a big selection of its devices and you only need IOS 12 or higher for this feature to work, so you’re probably covered

background change on android/iPhone/iPad

Before a video meeting:
  • Open the Meet app and then select a meeting.
  • Before you join, at the bottom of your self-view, tap Effects.
  • To slightly blur your background, tap Slightly blur.
  • To completely blur your background, tap Blur background.
  • To upload your own background, tap Add.
  • To select a pre-uploaded background, tap the background you want to use.
  • To select a style, at the bottom, tap Styles > the style you want to use.
  • To select a filter, at the bottom, tap Filters > the filter you want to use.
  • Tip: If the filter is interactive, follow the directions on the screen to activate it.
  • To remove the effect, tap No effects or tap (empty circle logo) .
  •  When you are done, tap Done. 
  • Tap Join.
During a video meeting
  • On your self-view, tap Effects.
  • To slightly blur your background, tap Slightly blur.
  • To completely blur your background, tap Blur background.
  • To upload your own background, tap Add Add.
  • To select a pre-uploaded background, tap the background you want to use.
  • To select a style, at the bottom, tap Styles > the style you want to use.
  • To select a filter, at the bottom, tap Filters > the filter you want to use.
  • Tip: If the filter is interactive, follow the directions on the screen to activate it.
  • When you are done, tap Close.

Background effects may increase your battery usage. You may want to turn the effects off if your battery is low. Your video may be cropped to view other participants so some of the background or effect may not be visible to other participants.

Tip: To see how you look with a different background, check your self-view.

background change on computer:

Change your background before a video meeting
  • Open Google Meet.
  • Select a meeting.
  • On the bottom right of your meeting image, click Change background.
  • Choose an option:
  • To slightly blur your background, click Slightly blur.
  • To completely blur your background, click Blur.
  • To select a pre-uploaded background, click a background.
  • To upload your own image for your background, click Add Add and select an image.
  • Click Join Now.
Change your background during a video meeting
  • At the bottom of the Meet window, click More Moreand then change the background.
  • Choose an option:
  • To slightly blur your background, click Slightly blur.
  • To completely blur your background, click Blur.
  • To select a pre-uploaded background, click a background.
  • To upload your own image for your background, click Add Add and select an image.

Note: Sensitive information might be visible when you change your background during a video meeting. Your camera turns on when you click to change the background.

How to change your background on google hangouts

1.Go to Google Hangouts and make a new meeting with the friends you want to video call in addition to a separate desktop window so you can follow the steps below 

2.Click on Start a hangout and join them via video or start your own hangout 

3.Click on the three dots in the top right corner of any Google Hangouts window 

4.Click on Settings 

5.Click on Background image 

6.Set a picture that you would like as your background, save it, set another picture and test it out 7..Congratulate yourself for changing your background image! 

8..Let us know if these steps were clear, if we need to add anything please leave us feedback! #Conclusion: It is important for any business to be able to adapt to new technologies and changes. Utilizing Google Hangouts can help build your business through quick and easy communication as well as through video conferencing, which is great for when you want something more visual in a presentation or lecture.  If there is anything else that you would like to see added or needs clarification please let us know via the comment section. ~~~ This part should talk about – Conclusion: ~~~ There are many different ways to utilize video conferencing platforms like Google Meetings.

how to change my background on zoom

Whether it’s a formal business meeting or a casual phone call with a friend, seeing the background of the person you’re talking to can be pretty distracting. These days, lots of people use Zoom to conduct online meetings and calls. So if you ever want to switch out your background for a more professional looking one,with zoom you have two options to consider: with a green screen or without,each with different hardware requirements and different degree of preparation to do

Background change with a green screen:

Virtual Background with a green screen can provide the most realistic Virtual Background Effect and work with less system resources during the meeting.

This method requires you have a solid-colored screen, curtain, or wall behind you, which Zoom will replace the selected color with the image or video you selected.

This method improves the sharpness and definition of the Virtual Background Effect around your face, head, ears, and hair.

The caveat here is that you need to set up the green screen prior to your call,which can be daunting to do especially if you don’t have a dedicated room or a corner of room and need to hop on a zoom call asap,but again this setup gets you the best results in terms of sharpness and system resources overhead that comes with the option of no green screen

if you choose to go with this route here’s what you need to do in terms of preparation:

  • Use a very bright and distinct color, such as a green or blue screen. The contrast in colors makes it easier to distinguish you in the foreground from the bright background. Recommended physical green screens from Webaround or Amazon.
  • Higher quality cameras result in a better virtual background. See camera recommendations for details.
  • Use uniform lighting and color.
  • Do not wear clothing that is the same color as the virtual background.

Background change without a green screen:

Virtual backgrounds with no green screens are just as effective as those with a green screen, but will look less polished and accurate. A lack of solid colors might make the background difficult to see through or recognize. This option uses more system resources, so it has higher system requirements.

to get the best results with this setup here’s what you need to consider:

  • Higher quality cameras result in a better virtual background. See camera recommendations for details.
  • Use uniform lighting and color. 
  • Make sure not only your face is illuminated, but also some of your backgrounds as well, as the contrast can help distinguish you from the background. 

video and image specifications:

Background image:

  • There are no size restrictions when adding your own virtual backgrounds, but we recommend cropping the image to match the aspect ratio of your camera before uploading it.
  • For example, if your camera is set to 16:9, an image of 1280 by 720 pixels or 1920 by 1080 pixels, both being the same 16:9 ratio, would work well.
  • 24-bit PNG or JPG/JPEG image format
  • If you’re not sure about your camera aspect ratio, use a background image with a minimum resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels.
  • Browse some of the virtual backgrounds Zoom has collected, or use these sources for other royalty-free images: Pexels, Unsplash, Pixabay.

Background video

  • A MP4 or MOV video file
  • Minimum resolution of 480 by 360 pixels (360p) and a maximum resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels (1080p).

How to enable Virtual Background

Account

There are a few ways to get started with Virtual Background features. You can enable virtual backgrounds during video conferencing on the account, group, and individual user levels.

Note: Users must sign out of the Zoom desktop client and sign back in for Virtual Backgrounds to take effect.

To enable the Virtual Background feature for all users in the account:

  • Sign in to the Zoom web portal as an administrator with permission to edit account settings.
  • In the navigation menu, click Account Management then Account Settings.
  • In the Meeting tab, navigate to the Virtual Background option (under the In Meeting (Advanced) section) and verify that the setting is enabled.

Note: If the setting is disabled, click the toggle to enable it. If a verification dialog displays, choose Turn On to verify the change.

(Optional) If you want to make this setting mandatory for all users in your account, click the lock icon, and then click Lock to confirm the setting.

(Optional) Check Allow use of videos for virtual backgrounds then Save to confirm the change, to grant your users access to video virtual backgrounds. 

(Optional) Check Allow users to upload custom backgrounds then Save to confirm the change, to grant your users access to upload their own virtual backgrounds in addition to the backgrounds currently uploaded.

(Optional) Click Manage virtual background to upload default background images available for users.

Note: Users must have client/app version 5.1.1 or higher to see the background images you upload.

(Optional) Check Require users to always use a virtual background then Save to confirm the change.

(Optional) Check Reset virtual backgrounds to default for users after each meeting to reset any virtual background, selected by the admin, for users after any Zoom meeting. When a user changes their pre-approved virtual background for a specific meeting, their background will automatically reset back to the default after the meeting.

Group

Note: If you signed up for a new Zoom account after August 21, 2021; or the New Admin Experience is enabled on your account, the Group Management page has been renamed to Groups.

To enable the Virtual Background feature for all members of a specific group:

  • Sign in to the Zoom web portal as an administrator with permission to edit user groups.
  • In the navigation menu, click User Management then Group Management.
  • Click the name of the group, then click the Meeting tab to access Settings.
  • In the Meeting tab, navigate to the Virtual Background option and verify that the setting is enabled.

Notes:

  • If the setting is disabled, click the Status toggle to enable it. If a verification dialog displays, choose Turn On to verify the change.
  • If the setting is grayed out, it has been locked at the Account level, and needs to be changed at that level.
  • (Optional) If you want to make this setting mandatory for all users in this group, click the lock icon, and then click Lock to confirm the setting.
  • (Optional) Check Allow use of videos for virtual backgrounds then Save to confirm the change, to grant your users access to video virtual backgrounds. 
  • (Optional) Check Allow users to upload custom backgrounds then Save to confirm the change, to grant your users access to upload their own virtual backgrounds in addition to the backgrounds currently uploaded.
  • (Optional) Click Manage virtual background to upload default background images available for users.
  • Note: Users must have client/app version 5.1.1 or higher to see the background images you upload.
  • (Optional) Check Require users to always use a virtual background then Save to confirm the change.
  • (Optional) Check Reset virtual backgrounds to default for users after each meeting to reset any virtual background, selected by the admin, for users after any Zoom meeting. When a user changes their pre-approved virtual background for a specific meeting, their background will automatically reset back to the default after the meeting.

User

To enable the Virtual Background feature for your own use:

  • Sign in to the Zoom web portal.
  • In the navigation menu, click Settings.
  • In the Meeting tab, navigate to the Virtual Background option (under the In Meeting (Advanced) section) and verify that the setting is enabled.

Notes:

  • If the setting is disabled, click the Status toggle to enable it. If a verification dialog displays, choose Turn On to verify the change.
  • If the option is grayed out, it has been locked at either the group or account level, and you will need to contact your Zoom administrator.

How to manage Virtual Background for Admins

Admins can upload their own virtual backgrounds for all users on their account to use or can assign certain virtual backgrounds for use by specific user groups. The admin can allow users to add their own virtual backgrounds or restrict them to just what admins have provided.  

Enable the virtual background feature in Account Settings or Group Settings.

Click Manage virtual background. 

Click Choose Files or drag and drop the images you want to upload. 

Wait for the upload to finish before closing this window. A small banner will appear along the top of the page when the upload is successful. 

After the new backgrounds are uploaded, users will need to sign out of the client and then back in to retrieve the backgrounds from the web. 

Notes:

  • This feature requires the account to be a Pro, Business, Education, or Enterprise account. 
  • Users must be on the desktop client or mobile app version 5.1.1 or higher to utilize this feature. 
  • The default Zoom virtual backgrounds cannot be removed from the web portal.
  • Video virtual backgrounds cannot be uploaded at this time. 
  • here’s a more detailed article from zoom on the background change

conclusion

Background change adds a degree of professionalism to your video calls. You can switch your background whenever you like; all you need is the option to be provided by your preferred Platform 

Background change also makes video conferences more interesting, because it allows you to take breaks from boring backgrounds, such as your office wall or a messy desk. Even if you don’t change your background for each call, it’s nice to have that option available when you need it. Think of how many dull photos and screenshots will suddenly become useful backdrops!

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