How to blur the background when zooming

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If you'd rather maintain your privacy by hiding space behind you during Zoom calls, it might be in your best interest to use Zoom's new blur background feature.

This article will show you how to blur your background using various operating systems. Since the feature is currently not available for mobile devices, we will walk you through the workaround to get a blurred background. Additionally, our FAQ explains how to use virtual backgrounds to upload your images and videos for backgrounds.



Change Zoom Settings to Blur Background in Windows 10

To blur your background before your Zoom call:

  1. Launch Zoom and log in to your account.
  2. At the top right, click the " Settings " gear icon option.

  3. Dance " Settings, " to select “Backgrounds and Filters”.

  4. Then select the "to scramble" option. Your background will appear blurry right away.

To blur your background during your Zoom call:

  1. On the meeting screen, locate the bar at the bottom. You may need to move your mouse down to make it visible.
  2. Locate the "Stop video" button with a chevron pointing up.

  3. Click the arrow, then "Video Settings" > “Backgrounds and Filters”.

  4. Then select the "to scramble" option. Your background will appear blurry right away.

Change Zoom Settings to Blur Background Using Mac

To blur your background before your Zoom call:



  1. Launch Zoom and log in to your account.
  2. At the top right, click the " Settings " gear icon option.

  3. Dance " Settings, " to select “Backgrounds and Filters”.

  4. Then select the "to scramble" option. Your background will appear blurry right away.

To blur your background during your Zoom call:

  1. On the meeting screen, locate the bar at the bottom. You may need to use your mouse to make it visible.
  2. Locate the "Stop video" button with a chevron pointing up.

  3. Click the arrow, then "Video Settings" > “Backgrounds and Filters”.

  4. Then select the "to scramble" option. Your background will appear blurry right away.

How to Blur the Background in Zoom on an iPhone or Android Device

The background blur feature is currently not available for mobile devices. As a workaround, you can change the background to a blurred image of your background through the virtual background option. To replace your current background with your blurred image using Zoom's virtual background feature:

  1. Launch the Zoom app through your Android or iOS device.

  2. Make sure your video is on, then join or create a new meeting.

  3. Once the meeting has started, to show the controls, tap anywhere on the screen.
  4. At the bottom right, tap the " Following " button.



  5. Select “Virtual background”.

  6. Scroll right and click the more sign.


  7. Select your blurred image on your device, then " Close. »

Zoom Background Blur FAQ

Why does Zoom blur parts of me?

You might be blurry because your camera is blurry. To avoid this problem altogether, consider investing in an autofocus webcam. They are fairly reasonably priced and worth buying if you frequently attend video calls. You can also manually refocus your camera; this is usually achieved by twisting the ring around the lens.

Also, make sure your camera lens is clean by dipping a silk or microfiber cloth in isopropyl alcohol and wiping it gently.

What resolution should my zoom background be blurred?

Zoom's background blur feature works by blurring everything in the room you're in during a call, except for blurring yourself. If you want to use an image for your background, Zoom recommends a minimum resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

Why is the background blur option not showing?

If you don't see the "Blur" option in Zoom, try the following:

Make sure your computer supports the latest update

The blur feature is part of the latest client version of Zoom; therefore, you will need at least version 5.7.5 of the client downloaded to your PC or Mac. To check if you need an update:


1. Launch Zoom and log in to your account.

2. At the top right, click your profile picture.

3. Next, scroll down and select " Check for updates ".

If the latest version is installed and the blur option is not available, try turning off your computer and then turning it back on after about five minutes.

Make sure your computer meets blur background requirements

Using the blur feature requires different supported processors for Windows and macOS. For virtual background requirements, see the Zoom Help Center.

A simple way to find out if your computer's processor is powerful enough:

1. Launch Zoom and log in to your account.

2. At the top right, click your profile picture.

3. Select " Settings " > “Backgrounds and Filters”.

4. Under "Virtual backgrounds", uncheck “I have a green screen. »

5. Then hover over your virtual backgrounds queue. If you receive an error message stating that you need a green screen to support virtual backgrounds, this confirms that your computer does not support blurred backgrounds.

Notes: Blurred backgrounds are currently not available through Android and iOS mobile devices.

If you still don't see the blur background feature, consider contacting support through the Zoom Help Center.

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Now that you know how to virtualize your Zoom backgrounds using a blur effect, images or video; did you swap between different backgrounds and effects, or did you choose one background and stick with it? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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