50 Fun Zoom Virtual Backgrounds For Your Video Calls

While we’re staying at home during the coronavirus crisis, work meetings, family dinners and chilling with friends have moved from the real world to the virtual one. And the big winner of the virtual video wars is Zoom meetings. The free group conference software has become ubiquitous during our quarantines.

But while late-night talk shows and cable news are filled with professors and celebrities showing off their carefully-curated bookshelves and fancy kitchens, we regular Joes are upgrading our boring living room and messy bedroom backdrops with Zoom’s virtual backgrounds option.

The Zoom virtual backgrounds feature allows the user to select any photo they wish to use as their backdrop behind their talking head for morning pow-wows, dinner dates and group trivia. But where does one find the coolest of the cool backgrounds to impress our friends and coworkers and show our personal style?

The best Zoom virtual backgrounds

We’ve scoured the internet to collect 50 of the most awesome pop culture images, gorgeous cityscapes, funny memes, iconic landmarks, weird finds and more to amaze and amuse your fellow Zoomers. Every image here is either in the public domain or offered for free by their copyright holder for you to decorate your Zoom box without worry.

And if you don’t know how to download and set an image on Zoom, you’ll find instructions on how to change your Zoom background at the conclusion.

1. The Golden Gate Bridge

2. Living room couch from “The Simpsons”

3. Professor Robert Kelly, “BBC Dad”

4. Neighborhood street party parade at Sesame Place

5. Host desk from “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”

last week tonight

Welcome, welcome, welcome!

6. View from Willis Tower in Chicago

7. Scene from “Animal Crossing”

8. Concert at Barclays Center

9. Forsyth Park in Savannah, GA

10. Private library from Shutterstock

11. Your own jail cell

jail cell

THAT’S WHAT YOU GET FOR NOT SOCIAL DISTANCING.

12. Living room from “Pee Wee’s Playhouse”

13. Leslie Knope’s desk from “Parks & Recreation”

14. Gunshow Comic #648, “The Pills Are Working/On Fire” a/k/a the “This Is Fine” meme

15. Rocky Steps, Philadelphia Museum of Art

philadelphia art museum steps

If I can change and you can change, everybody can change.

16. ALL OF THE PUPPIES

17. Set from “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

18. St. John, USVI

19. Empty conference room

20. View from the “Star Wars” Death Star control room

death star

This station is now the ultimate power in the universe!

21. Zoom background of Zoom backgrounds

22. In a crowd with Kanye West

23. Basketball game at Syracuse University

24. Baby Groot from Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”

groot

I am Groot.

25. Gold Medal Park and U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis

26. A Pam Wishbow living room design

27. Arendelle Set from Disney’s “Frozen the Musical”

28. Center of attention office stock photo

29. Skiing at Squaw Valley, CA

skiing

Sweet powder, bruh.

30. Modern kitchen inspired by “The Golden Girls”

31. Cleveland Indians game at Progressive Field

32. That box from Drake’s “Hotline Bling” video

33. Guy Fieri’s Flavortown

34. Reading room at the New York Public Library

public library

Shhhh…..

35. Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”

36. Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

37. Riley’s brain control room from Pixar’s “Inside Out”

38. Your astrological sign

39. Anime scene from “Spirited Away”

40. Winter street from a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie

41. Los Angeles’ Wheel House Café

42. View from United Airlines aircraft cockpit

cockpit

I am serious, but don’t call me Shirley.

43. DC Comics’ Justice League Hall of Justice

44. Conference call bingo

45. Santorini, Greece

46. Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) looking out over Central Park in “Lost in Translation”

47. EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth

48. Joe’s glass cage from Netflix series “You”

49. Party deck on Royal Caribbean’s “Navigator of the Seas”

50. “Get ready, fighters” backdrop from “Street Fighter II”

How to change your Zoom background

Setting any of these images above to be your Zoom meeting background couldn’t be easier. Just follow these steps:

  1. Find the image you wish to use on any of the websites above. Right-click on the image (or control-click on Mac or long-press on your iPhone… sorry Galaxy folks, Zoom virtual backgrounds are not supported on Android) and choose “Save Image.”
  2. Join your Zoom meeting by clicking the link you were sent by the meeting host (choosing “Open Zoom Meeting” if prompted). Note: If you have not previously downloaded Zoom, you will be prompted to do so.
  3. Select “Join with Video,” and you will see yourself on your laptop or phone against your boring, real-life background.
  4. To set a new background, go to the bottom of the screen, click the up-arrow to the right of the “Stop Video” button (or click the “More” button on iOS), and select “Choose a Virtual Background.”
  5. On the window that pops up, choose the “Virtual Background” tab (if not already selected) and make sure “I have a green screen” is unselected. (On iOS, this step is done automatically.)
  6. Then click “Add Image” (or the “+” sign on your iPhone).
  7. Find the image you saved on your hard drive, most likely in Downloads or on your desktop, double click or open it and — bam — you have your new virtual background. Just close the setting dialog box and start talking!

Have fun with Zoom

If we’re going to be living our best life from home during the coronavirus outbreak, we may as well have some fun with these Zoom virtual backgrounds.

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Michael HochmanMichael is a Philadelphia-based writer with a variety of interests, including music, TV, politics, travel, and sports (Fly Eagles Fly!). His background includes a decade as a programming executive in network television, six years as a marketing executive at a technology company, and time at two magazines and two advertising agencies. He also sits on the board of a non-profit law firm that assists veterans with disabilities. Michael is a proud Syracuse grad (Newhouse) who has lived in Kansas, Chicago, Saratoga and beyond.

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