It’s probably not a surprise, but we will all become virtual in an unpredictable future. Birthday parties, game nights, happy hours, business meetings, and anything else that could usually fill your calendar takes place via Zoom, FaceTime, or other popular video conferencing apps. The zoom – yes, it’s a verb – allows you to stay connected with your loved ones and colleagues from near and far while practicing social distancing.
There is, however, additional pressure: if you want to show your face to the camera, you also let people into your environment, like your bare walls, your makeshift office spa, etc. Since the idea of cooling your home in a time like this seems, well, impossible with everything you juggle, we’ve put together the best Zoom backgrounds that will cool your space – no tools, no money, or shopping obligatory.
Depending on whether you’re chatting for work or playing, you can choose from traditional virtual backgrounds to mimic a West Elm showroom, or enter your favorite movies and TV shows with backgrounds inspired by Golden girls, Hallmark Channel, and Disney movies.
Just in case it’s your first time, here’s how to set a virtual background on Zoom:
- Download the background of your choice. Better yet, download a few options, in case you want to turn them off.
- After connecting to a Zoom call, look for an icon that says “Stop video” in the lower-left corner of the window. Click on the arrow to the right of it, then select “Choose a virtual background”.
- Download as many backgrounds as you want and change them whenever you want.
Here’s the fun part: browse these free Zoom backgrounds and download your favorites. Then plan your next virtual happy hour to show them off.