Looking to up your Zoom meeting game? Try setting up a new Zoom background.

You might be working from the kitchen table of your small apartment, or maybe you're working from home with your roommates or family members. When you're working or studying from home, it can be a challenge to find a private place to have video meetings or participate in online classes. Adding a Zoom background image is a good way to keep your meeting background distraction-free.

We've compiled a list of free Zoom background image options for you to choose from for your next Zoom meeting, online class, or virtual happy hour.

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Here are the steps to change your background on Zoom.


Change Your Zoom Background on Desktop

1. Download the Zoom Desktop client on your Mac or Windows computer.

2. Open the app and log into your Zoom account.

3. Click the gear icon in the top right-hand corner to navigate to Settings.

How to Set Up a Zoom Virtual Background in Zoom Settings

4. In the left-hand menu, click Virtual Background.

5. Select one of Zoom's default background images or click the + icon to upload your own photo.

Click the plus button next to Choose Virtual Background to Upload Your Own Zoom Background Image

6. During a Zoom meeting, click the ^ arrow next to Stop Video and click Choose Virtual Background… to change or turn off your Zoom background.

This video provides an overview of the steps above and provides additional tips for making the most of your Zoom background.


Free Backgrounds for Zoom

Zoom offers a few default image options to choose from, but it also allows you to upload your own image. Here are some free virtual background images that you can try for your next Zoom meeting.

Movie and TV Zoom Backgrounds


1. The Office Zoom Background

While you can't be in your office, join your next meeting from The Office. Use this background image from the show's conference room for your video conferences.

the office zoom background

Source: The Office


2. Tiger King Zoom Background

The Netflix show, Tiger King, has caused a big cat craze! In fact, over 34 million people watched the series  in the first 10 days of its release. If you're a fan, use a snapshot from the show and set it as your Zoom background.

Tiger King Zoom BackgroundSource: Elite Daily


3. Schitt's Creek Zoom Background

Even though Schitt's Creek just wrapped up its final season, you can still hold on to the memories by hosting your next meeting from the front desk of the Rosebud Motel.

Schitts Creek Zoom Background

Source: Schitt's Creek


4. Parks and Recreation Zoom Background

Channel your inner Leslie Knope with this virtual Zoom background from Parks and Recreation. Leslie was a hard worker but she knew a thing about work-life balance, as evidenced by this quote:

"We have to remember what's important in life: friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third."

Parks and Rec Zoom Background

Source: Parks and Recreation


5. Fox Animation Zoom Background

Fox created Animation Domination Zoom Backgrounds for all its popular animated shows. Join your next video call from the Simpson's couch or at the diner counter from Bob's Burgers.

The Simpsons Zoom Background

Source: Fox


6. Marvel Zoom Background

Whether you're a fan of classic comics or the new Avengers films, there's a Marvel Zoom background for you.

Marvel Zoom Background

Source: Marvel


7. Disney Pixar Zoom Background

There are so many fantastic Pixar movies, it's hard to pick a favorite. Luckily, Pixar Animation Studios shared Zoom backgrounds for some of its most popular animated films, like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Up, and Ratatouille.

Toy Story Disney Pixar Zoom Background

Source: Disney


8. Nickelodeon Zoom Background

Dive into your next online class and start learning from a pineapple under the sea. Nickelodeon created Zoom backgrounds from shows like SpongeBob, Peppa Pig, Hey Arnold, and iCarly.

SpongeBob Zoom Background

Source: Nickelodeon


Art, Music, & Travel Zoom Backgrounds


9. The Getty Zoom Background

The Open Content Program from the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute is where you'll find over 100,000 free, downloadable images of works of art. Galia Traub, Senior Software Engineer at Autodesk, shared that she made Zoom backgrounds of classical art, switched the images out during the workweek, and called it "Museum Week". With so many pieces of art to choose from, you can get creative and change your background as often as you'd like.

Vincent Van Gogh Zoom Background (2)

Source: The Getty


10. Carnegie Hall Zoom Background

Work from one of the most prestigious concert halls in the world. Whether you prefer to shine on-stage, or you feel more comfortable in the audience, Carnegie Hall has a Zoom background that fits your style.

Carnegie Hall Zoom Background

Source: Carnegie Hall


11. United Zoom Background

Get some air with these airplane and travel-themed Zoom backgrounds from United Airlines. 

United Zoom Background

Source: United


Funny Zoom Backgrounds


12. Meme Zoom Background

Do you have a favorite meme? Turn it into a Zoom background and be prepared for laughs with your coworkers.

meme zoom backgroundSource: Zoom Backgrounds


13. Owl Labs Zoom Background

We created some fun background images for you! Choose the sassy, side-eye owl or the profession-owl blue background. No matter which you pick, you're sure to get a hoot from your colleagues, classmates, and friends.

Owl Labs Funny Zoom BackgroundOwl Labs Zoom Background


How to Create Your Own Background Image for Zoom

If you want to get creative, try designing your own Zoom background image. Use a photo you've taken or check out free stock photo sites like UnsplashPexels, and Pixabay to find a fun Zoom background image.


Zoom Background Image Dimensions

Whether you want to change your background to a photo of your pet or favorite vacation destination, you'll need to crop your image so it fits Zoom's background image dimensions. Your image will need to have an aspect ratio of 16:9. Cropping your image to 1280 x 720 pixels or 1920 x 1080 pixels should work well.

You can also use a template, like the templates offered by Canva, to design a Zoom background image of your own. Owl Labs' VP of Engineering, Bob Breznak, used his photo editing skills to create this fun background image for his virtual meetings.

how to create your own zoom background image

We hope you enjoy these Zoom background options! Share a snapshot of your Zoom background with us @OwlLabs – we'd love to see which images you select for your next meeting. Looking for more? Read everything you need to know about Zoom  next.

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