How to Blur the Background on Zoom

How to Blur the Background on Zoom

Soorya Radhakrishnan
Soorya Radhakrishnan
Learn how to blur the background on Zoom
Learn how to blur the background on Zoom (Source: Zoom)

Ever refused to turn cameras on during a Zoom meeting because of messy backgrounds? Well, you’re not alone. 

Virtual backgrounds offer a quick fix, but an unstable internet connection can expose you unexpectedly. This is where the Zoom background blur option comes in.

In this blog, you'll learn how to blur the background on Zoom, both before and during a meeting. Plus, we also share some easy tricks and tips to improve Zoom productivity. Read on!

How to blur the background on Zoom before a meeting

Here’s how to blur the background on Zoom before a meeting:

  • Sign into your Zoom account
  • Open Settings.
  • Choose Backgrounds & Effects.
  • Select the Blur option.

1. Sign into your Zoom account via the Zoom desktop or mobile app

To begin, sign into your Zoom account via your Zoom desktop or mobile app. Here, we’ve used the Zoom desktop app for Windows 11. The workflow is the same for the Zoom app on other devices.

2. Click on your profile icon and select Settings.

Once signed in, click your profile icon on the top right corner.

Click your profile icon on the top right corner
Click your profile icon on the top right corner

Next, select Settings

Select Settings
Select Settings

3. Choose Backgrounds & Effects.

In your Settings, click on Background & Filters. It will open your camera and show options on Virtual Backgrounds, Video Filters, and Avatars.

Click on Background & Filters
Click on Background & Filters

4. Click on the Blur option.

Click on the Blur option
How to blur zoom background on a laptop - Click on the Blur option

Click on Virtual Backgrounds and select Blur. That’s it. 

Zoom will blur your background for the meetings from there on.

How to blur the background on Zoom during meetings

If you’ve already joined a meeting and want to blur the background instantly, follow these steps:

  • Click on the video icon
  • Select Blur My Background

1. Click on the video icon

Click on the video icon
Click on the video icon (Source: Zapier)

First, click on the arrow beside the video icon at the bottom left corner of your meeting window.

2. Select Blur My Background

Select Blur My Background
Select Blur My Background (Source: OBSBOT)

Next, select Blur My Background. Done. Your background is now blurred.

Note: Wondering how to blur the Zoom background on Mac laptops? Follow the same steps mentioned above.

Transcribe Zoom meetings to never miss a detail

An average employee spends 4 hours daily in meetings, and according to the forgetting curve, we forget 50% of what was discussed in a meeting within just a few minutes after it.

So, how do you ensure these meetings stay productive and ensure no crucial details are missed over lack of attention or information overload?

Use Fireflies!

Fireflies is an AI Notetaker tool that automatically records, transcribes, summarizes, and analyzes your online and in-person meetings with 90+ accuracy. 

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Customer verdict on Fireflies

Regardless of where you have your meeting, Zoom, Google Meet, or even your conference room, Fireflies helps create an organized and searchable knowledge base of all your conversations. This way, you can quickly find any information shared in meetings months or years ago using a simple keyword search or AI-generated filters.

Did you know Fireflies can transcribe and summarize conversations in over 60 languages, including Portuguese, Spanish, French, Arabic, German, Dutch, and Italian?

Moreover, Fireflies makes reviewing missed meetings easier than ever.

When permitted, Fireflies joins the meetings as a silent participant and take notes for you. Once the meeting ends, it shares an AI-generated meeting summary that contains details such as keywords, overview, outline, notes, and action items mentioned. You can also customize the Super Summaries apps or add custom AI apps to tailor the AI-generated summary to your needs. 

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This helps you get the gist of an hour-long meeting in just a few minutes. Additionally, Fireflies also provides a GPT-powered meeting chatbot, AskFred. Chat with AskFred to get answers to your questions about the conversation or even to create emails, blogs, social media posts, etc., out of the meeting context.

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Zoom has brought in a generative AI Assistant - Zoom AI companion that helps enhance your Zoom meeting experience. But Fireflies outshines it as the best meeting assistant.

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For more information on how Fireflies makes the best meeting companion, read:

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