The Best Zoom Backgrounds for All Your Video Calls

If you haven't tried adding virtual backgrounds to your Zoom calls before, you're missing out.

In this time of social distancing, with millions of people on lockdown across the world, video chats have taken on a new importance. And for a lot of people, Zoom has become the video chat app of choice.

Many remote workers are no strangers to Zoom. We already use the video chat app here at Pexels to stay in touch with our fully remote team located across ten countries.

But we only recently learned that Zoom lets you add virtual backgrounds to your video calls... and we are hooked!

Pretend you never left the open-plan office with a virtual background like this one.

Photo by Marc Mueller · View Photo

Why add virtual backgrounds to your Zoom calls?

Adding a background can make any call a bit more fun, whether it's a routine work check in or a video party with friends.

Backgrounds also have the added bonus of hiding your messy office, the fact that you're actually dialing in from the comfort of your bed, or that pile of laundry in the corner that you keep forgetting to put away.

You can use both photos and videos as Zoom backgrounds. Here's how it's done. Video backgrounds offer some particularly entertaining, and often hilarious, possibilities for every type of Zoom call.

Wouldn't you rather be video chatting from here?

Photo by Brady Knoll · View Photo

Feel like livening up a slow meeting with an impromptu fireworks display? Want to make your coworkers jealous by pretending you're quarantined on a picturesque beach? You can do all this and so much more with Zoom virtual backgrounds.

We've curated a few photo and video options for your next Zoom background choice—no matter what kind of video chat you're joining. All these photos and videos are free to download from Pexels and use in Zoom or anywhere else you need a fun background.

Browse many more excellent (and free, of course!) virtual background options here on Pexels.

Virtual Backgrounds for Work

Impress colleagues with this luxe home office photo.

Photo by Karl Solano · View Photo

This blue room is another delightful option for those times when your own room isn't looking too tidy.

Photo by Huseyn Kamaladdin · View Photo

Easily cover up any background mess with this simple and stylish image.

Photo by Dom J · View Photo

Epic Virtual Backgrounds

Pretend you're high in the sky with this dramatic background photo.

Photo by Aleksandar Pasaric · View Photo

Add some culture to your meeting.

Photo by Leah Kelley · View Photo

Finally, you can surf while you work with this video background.

Video by Sean JOHNSTON · View Video

Virtual Backgrounds for Getting Back to Nature

Give your video call a soothing feel with this wonderfully calm mountain view.

Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger · View Photo

Or hide out in a lush green forest.

Photo by Oleksandr Tiupa · View Photo

Just a classic blue sky video background so you can feel like you're outside.

Video by Pixabay · View Video

Virtual Backgrounds to Make 'Em Laugh

The perfect background for a remote rave party. Or for any call that needs more dancing.

Video by Marc Mueller · View Video

Join the call from space. Just remember to dodge the asteroids for full dramatic impact.

Video by Pressmaster · View Video

Shock everyone else in the Zoom meeting by pretending you're in a meeting all your own with this photo background.

Video by cottonbro · View Video

Vertical Backgrounds for Mobile Video Calls

A peaceful background photo for stressful days.

Photo by Philip Ackermann · View Photo

Who doesn't love a good starry night sky?

Photo by Cliford Mervil · View Photo

Find more great virtual backgrounds for Zoom here.

Written by the Pexels Team · Mar 28

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