How to change your background on Zoom so people on your video call can’t see inside your home

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You can use Zoom backgrounds to obscure your surroundings and keep your home private.

  • You can change your background on Zoom to any image by adjusting your settings in the app.
  • Zoom’s backgrounds can be fun and have the added benefit of privacy.
  • For the best results, you may want to use a green screen for your Zoom background.
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While working from home, we’ve grown accustomed to using Zoom for work and for fun, so you’ve probably seen people change the scenery behind them while using Zoom’s virtual backgrounds.

This feature allows you to change your background to one of Zoom’s presets or to a photo or video you upload yourself.

While it’s fun to change your surroundings to a funny photo, there is the added benefit of privacy. Working from home doesn’t mean we want coworkers to gain a glimpse into our homes, and the feature is great if you haven’t had time to declutter your workspace.

Changing your background is easy. For the best results, you may want to purchase a green screen but it’s not necessary.

Also, for virtual backgrounds to appear, the admin of the call (which may be you) may have to enable the feature.

How a green screen can improve your Zoom backgrounds

If a clean, quality background is important for your work, you may want to consider using a green screen.

Green screening is an old filmmaking technique also known as “chroma keying.” We’ll save the history lesson, but the basic idea is a uniform background in high contrast with the color of human skin tones is easier to digitally paste over with another image.

Consistent, uniform lighting also helps separate you from the background, whether or not you have a green screen behind you.

You’ll also want to avoid wearing green unless you prefer to look like a floating head with floating arms.

Without a green screen, your virtual background may look imperfect or “glitchy” at times with objects of the room you’re in. For casual and most work settings, this is not a big deal.

But if you’re giving a presentation or livestreaming, you probably want the viewer’s focus centered on you instead of a distracting background.

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How to do a group FaceTime video or voice call on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac

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You can start or join a group FaceTime call from almost any Apple device.

  • You can start a group FaceTime and make calls with up to 32 other Apple devices.
  • iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac users can all hop on the same group FaceTime calls.
  • FaceTime is exclusively an Apple app, so PC and Android users can’t join.
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FaceTime is Apple’s video calling app installed in its Macs, iPhones, and iPads.

FaceTime is like Google Hangouts or Zoom, but it only works between Apple devices, so you can’t FaceTime your friend with an Android or PC. For this reason, it’s good to have access to other platforms.

But it doesn’t matter which Apple device you use to hop on a FaceTime call. Users of iPhone, iPad, and Mac can all join the same chats because the app is basically the same across all platforms.

Starting a group call on FaceTime takes only a few seconds, or minutes, depending on how many people you are adding to the call; groups can be as large as 32 devices. You can also join an existing group FaceTime call.

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