How to Blur Zoom Background on a Call

When participating in video conferences using Zoom, sometimes you may not want to show things, clutter, or just the interior of your home. Luckily, Zoom has created a useful feature that allows you to blur backgrounds in Zoom. This quick guide will walk you through the process and settings you need to set up to blur your Zoom background and make sure you can hide elements or locations in the background of your Zoom call.

Max, Windows and Linux

Before getting into the settings that need to be configured to blur the background in Zoom, it’s worth mentioning that you need to be running the Zoom desktop client for Windows: 5.5.0 (12454.0131) or higher, or the Zoom client for macOS: 5.5.0. (12467.0131) or higher, or if you are using Linux, Zoom Linux client version 5.7.6 (31792.0820) or higher.

iOS and Android

On mobile devices, you also need to use the Zoom app iOS 5.6.6 (423) or later and Android 5.6.6 (2076) or later. You also need to make sure your system requirements meet Zoom’s virtual background specifications. Zoom explains a little more about why they created the background blur feature.

“The virtual background feature allows you to display an image or video as a background during a Zoom meeting, which can give you more privacy or a consistent and professional looking presentation. Depending on the device you’re joining the meeting with, you can use the virtual background feature with or without a green screen behind you, and the system requirements are higher for a virtual background without a green screen.”

Video as background

It’s also worth noting that you can choose short videos as the virtual background if you wish. Although you will need to make sure your computer is powerful enough to support this feature. For more information, see the troubleshooting section below.

Blur background in Zoom on Mac, Windows and Linux

1. Open the Zoom desktop client and sign

2. Click your profile picture, and then select the “Settings” gear icon.

3. Go to the Backgrounds and filters section.

4. Select the “Blur” option. The background of your Zoom video window will change to blur behind you, hiding your surroundings from view by other participants in the video call.

Blurring the background during a Zoom meeting

1. Join a Zoom meeting as a panelist.

2. In the lower left corner of the video window, you will see an arrow icon pointing up next to the start and start video button. Click on it and you will see the Blur My Background option. It’s worth noting that this option requires the Zoom app version 5.9.3 or higher.

3. Once you enable blurred background, this selection will be used for all your future appointments.

To turn off Zoom’s blurred virtual background, simply go back to the options again and select No.

Blur your call background on Android and iOS

If you’re using the Android or iOS mobile version of the Zoom app, you can still play the background on your awesome Zoom by following the instructions below.

1. Sign in to the Zoom app.

2. Sign in to a Zoom meeting, and then select the More option or the three dots on the control panel at the bottom right of the screen.

3. Select the Background and Filters option if you are using the Apple iOS operating system or, if you are using Android, the Virtual Background option.

4. Finally, select the “Blur” option and you’ll see your background change to “Blood” behind you, hiding your surroundings from everyone on the Zoom video call.


No Virtual Background Tab

If for some reason you don’t have the Virtual Background tab and enabled it on the web portal, log out of the Zoom desktop app and log in again.

Supported devices and operating systems

Zoom desktop clients must meet the requirements in the “Only images without green screen” options listed below. It’s also worth noting that when using Zoom’s virtual background feature without a green screen, the Zoom app limits the outgoing video resolution to 720p unless your system meets certain power requirements. To get 1080p resolution when using virtual background without green screen, you must meet the HD video guidelines and the following system requirements: Zoom desktop client for macOS: version 5.8.6 or higher, Intel processor: 6 cores or higher, or Apple MSeries . or higher.

If you’re having trouble trying to blur the background in a zoom app, it might be worth checking if they support your system and if it’s powerful enough to run the feature. For more information on launching the Zoom client and troubleshooting any issues you may encounter, please visit the official Zoom support site.

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