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Adding a Zoom Background

If you’re like me, you’ve gotten really familiar with Zoom over the past few weeks — perhaps because you now Work From Home (WFH). It’s not that I didn’t use it before, but now instead of being in a room with a bunch of my coworkers connected to another room or two also with multiple people, we’re all by ourselves in our homes. In one of my Zoom meetings this week, someone had a cool space themed background, and I made a mental note to get myself some cool backgrounds.

I am sure there are many, many out there, but after clicking on one of the results to a Google search for “Zoom backgrounds,” I found myself on the Enterprise (TNG version) and in front of the Hall of Justice. As an avid tea drinker and Van Gogh fan, I also got a tea-themed background and an Irises background. It took me less than a minute to download these and add them. It was a nice conversation piece as we were waiting for everyone to join, and it gives a different glimpse into what I like or my personality.

Note: I found my fun Zoom wallpaper here:
Best Zoom backgrounds: Fun virtual backgrounds for Zoom meetings

Just like for everyone, this time of physical distancing takes its toll at different points, and after hearing we have at least another 5 weeks of it in Illinois, I needed something to add a little fun and comradery. It’s Friday, but I’m looking forward to what people find over the weekend when they start Zooming again on Monday.

How to Add a Zoom Background

If you’re looking to add some conversation starters or different ways to connect or get to know something about those you work with, this is a pretty fun and easy way. I literally clicked on the images I liked, saved them to my downloads folder, and then went into Zoom. In the settings section under preferences, you can see a few default ones there, including the cool space one that started this all, along with a ‘+’ sign. You click that and then add the image. Super easy, a fun way to connect, and now I don’t have to worry about if my office looks perfectly clean and organized 😊.

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  • yes, that is easy. how about I have 150 new backgrounds, how do I add them all without spending ages repeating the same lame approach?

  • Zoom virtual backgrounds might not work if you don’t have a recent Mac.

    When I tried to add a Zoom virtual background to my vintage MacBook Air (Early 2015) 1.6Ghz dual-core i5 a few weeks ago, the Zoom app told me I needed to have at least a quad-core processor to use virtual backgrounds.

    Virtual backgrounds DO work great on my 21.5″ mid-2011 2.5Ghz quad-core i5 iMac.

    Disclaimer: I haven’t tried the most recent Zoom 5 update issued April 30th 2020 on my MacBook Air.

  • Just add an American Flag and you can get comments about imitating General Patton.

  • Your computer processor has to be quad core or it will not work. Just sayin…