How to Blur the Background in Zoom

If you prefer to maintain your privacy by hiding the space behind you during Zoom calls, it might be in your best interest to utilize Zoom’s new blur background feature.

How to Blur the Background in Zoom

This article will show you how to blur your background using various operating systems. Since the feature is not currently available for mobile devices, we’ll take you through the workaround to achieve a blurred background look. Plus, our FAQs include how to use virtual backgrounds to upload your images and videos for backgrounds.

Change Zoom Settings to Blur the Background on Windows 10

To blur your background before your Zoom call:

  1. Launch Zoom and sign in to your account.
  2. Towards the top-right, click on the “Settings” gear icon option.


  3. In “Settings,” select “Backgrounds and Filters.”


  4. Then select the “Blur” option. Your background will appear blurred straight away.

To blur your background during your Zoom call:

  1. On the meeting screen, locate the bar at the bottom. You might have to move your mouse to the bottom make it visible.
  2. Locate the “Stop Video” button with an upwards pointing chevron.


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


  4. Then select the “Blur” option. Your background will appear blurred straight away.


Change Zoom Settings to Blur the Background Using Mac

To blur your background before your Zoom call:

  1. Launch Zoom and sign in to your account.
  2. Towards the top-right, click on the “Settings” gear icon option.


  3. In “Settings,” select “Backgrounds and Filters.”


  4. Then select the “Blur” option. Your background will appear blurred straight away.

To blur your background during your Zoom call:

  1. On the meeting screen, locate the bar at the bottom. You might have to use your mouse to make it visible.
  2. Locate the “Stop Video” button with an upwards pointing chevron.


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


  4. Then select the “Blur” option. Your background will appear blurred straight 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 replace the background with a blurred image of your background via the virtual background option. To replace your current background with your blurred image using Zoom’s virtual background feature:

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


  2. Ensure your video is enabled, 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 on the “More” button.


  5. Select “Virtual Background.”


  6. Scroll to the right and click on the plus sign.


  7. Select your blurred image on your device, then “Close.”

Zoom Background Blur FAQs

Why Is Zoom Blurring Parts of Me?

You could be blurry because your camera is out of focus. To avoid this problem completely, consider investing in an auto-focusing webcam. They are pretty reasonably priced and worth purchasing if you attend video calls frequently. You can also manually re-focus your camera; this is usually achieved by twisting the ring around the lens.

Plus, make sure that 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 to Blur?

Zoom’s blur background feature works by blurring everything in the room you’re in during a call—apart from blurring you. 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 Up?

If you are not seeing the “Blur” option in Zoom, try the following:

Ensure Your Computer Supports the Latest Update

The blur feature is part of Zoom’s latest Client version; therefore, you’ll need to have at least Client version 5.7.5 downloaded on your PC or Mac. To check whether you need an update:

1. Launch Zoom and sign in to your account.

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

3. Then scroll down and select “Check for Updates.”

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

Ensure Your Computer Meets the Blur Background Requirements

Using the blur feature requires different supported processors for Windows and macOS. To find out the virtual background requirements, check out the Zoom help center.

An easy way to find out whether your computer’s processor is strong enough:

1. Launch Zoom and sign in to your account.

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

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

4. Under “Virtual Backgrounds,” uncheck “I have a green screen.”

5. Then hover over your queue of virtual backgrounds. If you receive an error message saying you need a green screen to support virtual backgrounds, then this confirms your computer doesn’t support blurred backgrounds.

Note: Blurred backgrounds are currently not available via Android and iOS mobile devices.

If you still don’t see the blurred backgrounds feature, consider contacting support via the Zoom help center.

Wrapping Up

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

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