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How to Use a Virtual Background in Zoom for Android

zoom android background hero

If you’re one of the millions of people that have used Zoom for video conferencing, you know that virtual backgrounds are a big deal. These virtual backgrounds can replace the real background behind you. The Android app can also use this feature, here’s how to do it.

The Zoom app doesn’t support virtual backgrounds for all Android devices. It seems that only relatively new and powerful devices have the feature. Before we get started, head to the Google Play Store and make sure Zoom is updated to the latest version.

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You now need to make sure the virtual background feature is enabled on your Zoom account. This must be done from the Zoom website. Sign in and go to the “Settings” section on your profile.

zoom website account settings

Under the “In Meeting (Advanced)” section, make sure “Virtual Background” is enabled.

enable virtual backgrounds

Next, open the Zoom app on your Android phone or tablet. Join a meeting or create a new meeting with video enabled.

zoom video call

Tap the screen to bring up the controls and select the “More” button.

tap more in video call options

From the pop-up menu, select “Virtual Background.” If your device doesn’t support Virtual Backgrounds, you won’t see this option.

select virtual background

There will be a few preloaded backgrounds you can use. Simply tap one to make it your background.

select a background

To use a custom virtual background, scroll over to the right and tap the “+” button.

add custom background

Zoom will open a file manager, and you can select any image on your device. Zoom for Android does not support video backgrounds.

select an image for background

Once you select an image, it will appear as your background. Tap “Close” to leave the background picker interface.

close background selections

That’s it! Go forth and have some fun with your Zoom calls.

Joe Fedewa Joe Fedewa
Joe Fedewa is a Staff Writer at How-To Geek. He has close to a decade of experience covering consumer technology and previously worked as a News Editor at XDA Developers. Joe loves all things technology and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has written thousands of articles, hundreds of tutorials, and dozens of reviews.
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