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How To Blur Your Background in Zoom

How To Blur Your Background in Zoom

Whether you want to keep your personal life private or look more professional on a work call, blurring your background on Zoom is a great way to do it! It's simple and only takes a few minutes. Here's how.

Blurring your background in Zoom on a computer

Before a meeting

  1. Log in to the Zoom desktop app
  2. Click on your profile picture on the top right
  3. Click on Settings
  4. Choose Backgrounds & Filters
  5. Click on the Blur option
  6. Close the Settings menu

During a meeting

  1. Join the Zoom meeting
  2. On the bottom left, click the arrow icon next to the Stop Video button
  3. Click on Blur my Background

Are there any prerequisites for blurring your background in Zoom?

To blur your background on a computer, you need the latest desktop version of Zoom and the requirements in the "Images only without a green screen" section.

On a mobile phone, on the other hand, you need the latest Zoom mobile app, and your phone has tos meet the device requirements for Android and iOS. 

When should you blur your background in Zoom?

There are many times when you want to be visible to your audience, but you don't want your background to be a distraction. That's when blurring your background in Zoom can help. 

For example, if you're giving a presentation and want your slides to be the focus, you can blur your background so that people aren't distracted by your home office or other things in the room. 

Similarly, if you're presenting in a virtual meeting and want to make sure that people are paying attention, blurring your background can help limit distractions. 

So, whether you're giving a presentation, attending a meeting, or sharing confidential information, blurring your background in Zoom can be a helpful way to keep people focused on what's important.


Blurring your background on Zoom is a quick and easy way to limit distractions for other meeting attendees wherever you’re taking your calls—whether you’re at home, a co-working space, or on the road.

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