Among the many advantages of Zoom and Skype, you can change your background to show a bookshelf, a natural space or a cartoon. Let’s see how. You will have seen it on several occasions if you are a regular at video calls. Co-workers, friends or family who make a video call with you and who show funny images in the background or, on the contrary, a bookstore or a stylish background.
If you do not want to show what is behind you during a video call and you cannot be in a place without a background, you can put makeup on it thanks to the technology that integrates free popular video call tools such as Zoom or Skype.
You only need to activate this function in Zoom or Skype and what is behind you will change like magic. You only have to choose an image from those available or your own photograph or from the Internet.
Change Background in Zoom
There are two ways to change the background in Zoom. Before starting the video call, you must go to the application settings and go to the Virtual background section. There you will see a preview. You can also choose one of the images or videos available or add your own.
You can also change the background in Zoom during a video call. By clicking on the dropdown to the right of Video, you will see the option Change background … or similar. Choose a background from those available or add one from your device.
As for the necessary requirements. The image must be a 16: 9 aspect ratio. It can be 1280 pixels by 720 pixels or 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels. Otherwise, virtual backdrops are available in Zoom latest versions for Windows, Mac and Linux. You can also use it on the iPhone and iPad. At the moment it works neither in the Web version nor in the Android version.
Change Background on Skype
To change the background in Skype you will need to have the latest version of Skype for Windows, Mac and Linux. In the online version, it is not yet implemented.